John Gillon adds much-needed backcourt depth

John Gillon adds much need backcourt depth.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- With Malachi Richardson's future unknown, Syracuse had been searching for another guard. It found just that.

Earlier today, John Gillon told Scout that he will continue his basketball career at Syracuse University. He will officially become part of the SU basketball family in two weeks after he graduates from Colorado State.

How does his signing affect the Orange? 

Before this weekend, SU was in serious jeopardy of heading into next season with two scholarship guards - Frank Howard and Tyus Battle. Howard being the only true point guard, with Battle's game more rounded as a two-guard. 

Gillon adds depth to the point guard position, but also told Scout he can play shooting guard if needed due to his ability to score.

He's a 6-foot sharp-shooting guard from Houston, but proximity to home doesn't bother the 22-year-old, as he'll be coming from Colorado. 

Last season, he shot 88 percent from the free throw line, which is far better than anyone on Syracuse's Final Four team. His ability to hit free throws down the stretch will solidify his role as a big-time player late in second halves. 

Gillon had 30 less assists than Michael Gbinije last season, but also committed 28 less turnovers. He'll have more weapons at Syracuse, but taking care of the basketball will need to be a point of emphasis moving forward. 

Jim Boeheim and the Syracuse coaching staff will have a few decisions to make. If Richardson returns for his sophomore season, he'll start at shooting guard. Gillon could start at point guard with Howard coming off the bench, but where does that leave freshman Tyus Battle? Will Tyler Lydon start at small forward, or does the Hall of Famer go with a three-guard lineup, which would imply Lydon comes off the bench?

There will be plenty of decision to make before next season. But the good news for Syracuse basketball is it improved its depth in the backcourt, which is one less thing to worry about.

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