The Syracuse Orange kicked off it's 2012-2013 season on Friday night with Orange Madness, but first met the media at the Melo Center for interviews and photo opportunities. " W e got a lot of talent coming back, " says senior Brandon Triche, " we have different leaders stepping up, it's gonna be Mike, me and James Southerland, I mean nothing changes I think were gonna be pretty good this year and we look forward to it."
Jim Boeheim opened his 37th season without more of his key players from last year, but Scoop Jardine, Kris Joseph, Fab Melo and Dion Waiters have all left a lot of talent behind. "We have never had a team that I can remember lose this many guys who were such important parts of what we did," says Boeheim, "and if we had a team that lost even close to what this team did we certainly weren't picked in the top 20 the next year. So it's really a credit to the returning players that we have, that people think pretty highly of them."
Seniors James Southerland and Triche return as lettermen along with Rakeem Christmas who was also a starter last year. Redshirt freshman Trevor Cooney, who sat out last season, is expected to see time at point guard along with Michael Carter-Williams and Triche. Triche's former Jamesville Dewitt High School teammate DaJuan Coleman is coming in as a freshman along with Jerami Grant, another highly-rated recruit.
" B eing one of the new guys you just gotta understand that your gonna have to play your role , says Coleman, "just get boards, score when necessary, and just help out the bigs . "
T he Orange open up the season with their first exhibition game against Pace on November 1st .