Posted December 01, 2018 06:27:17The Syracuse Orange Basketball team has an off-season, so what are the plans for next season?
In an off season, we can start to see some major changes and additions to the roster.
With a new coach in Chris Mack, and a new facility in the works, the Orange will enter the 2018-19 season as a team that can make an impact in the ACC, and possibly beyond.
With that in mind, we are taking a look at some of the key players on the team who will be looking to make a mark in the next season, and who will have their sights set on the next big step.
There are several key players that will need to improve in order to get the best out of their upcoming season.
Firstly, there is the frontcourt.
There are many players that have a shot at making the team in 2018-2019, but they may not make the roster as a result of a lack of talent or a desire to play more minutes than they can handle.
We have the likes of James Michael McAdoo and Jordan Woodley both having a shot of making the roster, and it will be interesting to see how that plays out.
With their performances last season, it would be easy to see the two-time NCAA champion and 2016 NBA Rookie of the Year making the club as a starter.
But it’s likely that Woodley will miss time due to injuries, and will be forced to play a smaller role.
McAdoos versatility is something that will be very valuable for the team, and they will certainly want to add to his skillset.
With Woodley on the shelf, McAdo has become the primary ball handler in the rotation, and the two will be the primary scoring threats for the Orange.
But there is a big question mark over whether Woodley can maintain his form from his breakout season last season.
With McAdos game slowing down in the last few games, the veteran is likely to start the season as the second man on the floor.
This could see McAdouys game time limited, or he could start to show some of his improved shooting ability.
It could also see McAno take on more of a backup role, as he has become more comfortable with the ball in his hands.
With the likes in Woodley and McAdonos future looking uncertain, it could mean that the young wingman could see more time.
That being said, it may not be as drastic as McAdoes, and there are many possibilities to see Woodley playing a greater role than he has this season.
While the backcourt may be a little unclear, we do have a couple of names that could make the squad, and could potentially make an appearance at some point in the future.
Jordan Woodley, the 2016 NCAA champion, is one of the biggest names in college basketball right now.
His success in college has made him one of our most talked about players of the year, and he has earned a spot on the Syracuse team.
We may see the sophomore play more of the ball, or even start a bit of a bench role.
He has a very strong work ethic and he is willing to step up and take on bigger roles when the time is right.
While he may not have the height or athleticism of Woodley or McAdao, Woodley is a great athlete, and has a strong work-rate.
He will be an important piece for the upcoming season, as the Orange look to make an impression on the ACC and beyond.
Another big name that could be looking for a move is Tyus Jones.
The 6’6″ wing has played an important role on the Orange’s offense, scoring in double figures for them each of the last two seasons, and is the primary scorer for the club.
He may not get many minutes in the starting lineup, but he will be a vital cog in the Orange offense.
If Jones makes the roster in 2018, it will give the Orange a veteran presence that will provide stability on the back end of the roster for the next couple of years.
Jones has had a breakout season for the University of Virginia, scoring 17 points per game on 6.4 per cent shooting.
He will have a bigger role than just scoring for the senior, as a key contributor for the second unit.
Jones will be used to help facilitate the offense, and give the players on his team some much needed scoring touch.
He is a solid scorer, and his game is one that should be appealing to the team.
It is likely that the Orange have a few players that are expected to make the team this year.
With a new coaching staff in place, there will be some big changes to the lineup.
With the departure of coach Mike Bowers, the club will be in need of a new starting point guard, and this could be the year that the club finally finds