A very early look at the 2013-2014 Syracuse basketball roster
By Alex Dunbar
Tue, 09 Apr 2013 01:00:35 GMT — My Prediction for the 2013-2014 SU starting lineup would be: - Point Guard: Tyler Ennis (True Freshman) Currently ranked as the #5 point guard in the class of 2013. If Michael Carter-Williams goes to the NBA, Ennis will be the only true point guard on the Orange. - Shooting Guard: Michael Gbinije (transfer from Duke) Gbinije was a four star, top 50 prospect coming out of high school. Duke had a overload of talented guards so he transferred into Syracuse. He's 6-7 and plays a lot of small forward but has the outside shooting range to play as a guard. Trevor Cooney is certainly an option here as well. If Cooney has a strong offseason, this is his job to lose. - Small Forward: C.J. Fair (Senior) Fair just gets better every year and should be one of the best small forwards in the ACC next year. - Power Forward: Could be sophomore Jerami Grant but incoming freshman Tyler Roberson has a chance too. Roberson is another blue chip recruit and natural rebounder. Grant is ready to break out as a star but it's possible they could both be successful. - Center: Rakeem Christmas (Junior) Christmas and Baye Keita will both get minutes. Both made progress in 2012-2013 and both were frustrating at times. Christmas and Keita will probably continue to rotate for offensive and defensive purposes. - Key Subs: Either Roberson or Grant will probably start and the other has a good shot at the sixth man role. Either Cooney or true freshman Ron Patterson will probably be the first guard off the bench. I would give the edge to Cooney right now but Patterson might be a better option at point guard if Ennis gets into foul trouble or needs a break.
I hear the coaches like freshman small forward B.J. Johnson's potential but I don't know where he could get minutes from. SU is loaded at the small forward spot right now.
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