SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- When Taurean Thompson signed his National Letter of Intent, it provided the Orange depth for a few years. That depth will be much-needed, especially for the 2017-18 season.
After the 2016-17 season, Syracuse will graduate Dajuan Coleman and Tyler Roberson, which will open up serious minutes in SU's front court. But Jim Boeheim thinks the Orange will lose another forward.
Next year's front court is loaded with talent and size: Dajuan Coleman, Paschal Chukwu, Tyler Roberson, Taurean Thompson, Tyler Lydon and Matthew Moyer.
"Three of those guys are going to be gone next year, Tyler, Tyler and Dajuan," Boeheim told Adam Zagoria of SNY.tv.
Lydon is currently projected as the No. 21 pick in the 2017 NBA draft, according to DraftExpress. The NBA draft talk began after an impressive Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament, where he helped SU defeat two ranked teams in as many days to secure the championship.
As a freshman, Lydon averaged 10.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. He had a season-high 21 points against Pittsburgh on February 20. Lydon shot over 40 percent from 3-point range and played big minutes for the Orange in the middle of the zone all season.