SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The news broke earlier today that sophomore guard Kaleb Joseph will be transferring from Syracuse, effective immediately. On Wednesday, 6-foot-9 big man Chinonso Obokoh announced he would transfer from the program after graduation in the spring of 2016.
There are many roster implications this could have on the Orange, and CuseNation.com breaks each of them down.
Projected 2016-17 scholarship players (11 available):
- Dajuan Coleman
- Tyler Roberson
- Paschal Chukwu
- Frank Howard
- Malachi Richardson
- Tyler Lydon
- Tyus Battle
- Matthew Moyer
Syracuse now has the option to add, at least, three players to its 2016-17 roster. The Orange is currently targeting class of 2016 big men Cheickna Dembele and Taurean Thompson, along with Columbia University graduate transfer guard Grant Mullins.
With the possible chance that Malachi Richardson forgoes his remaining eligibility and enters the 2016 NBA Draft, Syracuse would have the opportunity to add 1-4 players for next season. If that were to happen, look for the Orange to add another guard to cover Richardson's would-be minutes.
With the possibility that Tyler Roberson forgoes his remaining eligibility, Syracuse will likely add either Dembele, Thompson or both, along with 1-4 more players. Remember, Taurean Thompson is basing his decision on potential playing time for his freshman year, which would make Syracuse appealing, if this were to happen.
Losing Obokoh doesn't necessarily effect Syracuse's rotations or playing time, but the Orange will lose a body that could be important in emergency situations. Look for Syracuse to add 1-2 big men before the 2016-17 season, otherwise it will be another year of little to no front court depth.