Syracuse Orange Basketball Season Preview History
2011-2012 Syracuse Orange College Basketball Preview:
It's going to be a big year for the Orange. Head coach Jim Boehiem picked up some serious talent in the off-season and will surely be leading the team down the road to multiple victories come November.
The biggest news for this season is the introduction of local player Dajuan Coleman. The New York native had been considering other colleges but chose to remain close to home. This kid is nasty - at 6' 10" and 280 pounds he's got the bulk and inside presence that the squad needs. Coleman is a scoring machine. In his junior year of high school he averaged 24.5 points and a big 14 rebounds.
Speaking of rebounds, Syracuse will look to dominate the glass with freshman leaping machine Jerami Grant, a small forward who was ranked as the 43rd player in the ESPNU 100. Fans should look for Grant to use his explosiveness and speed to help the team pick up some big wins. The Big East is ultra-competitive this year, but with athletes like these, the Orange seem to have the early advantage.
Syracuse University 2010 Men’s College Basketball Preview:
If you’re going to see a Syracuse Orange basketball game at the Carrier Dome, it would be wise to bring your earplugs. As the biggest domed stadium home for any NCAA team, the Dome is usually rocking to capacity—33,000 Orange fans. Even the venue’s most popular event—a matchup against Big East rival Villanova early in 2010—past capacity at 34,616, and even that was sold out three weeks before the game! Don’t get left out in the northern New York cold—come to get your seats from TicketCity! You wouldn’t want to miss any of the big surprises the Orange have in store for you this season.
The biggest is going to be Brazilian freshman Fabricio Melo, a seven-foot center with an 84-inch wingspan who coach Jim Boeheim believes can be the national freshman of the year. The question isn’t about talent, but whether he and the other incoming freshman phenom Dion Walters can overcome the loss of the last year’s Sweet 16 team leaders, Wes Johnson, Andy Rautins and Arinze Onuaku. If it’s any coach that can make that happen, it’s Boeheim, who the year before last also lost Jonny Flynn, Eric Devendorf and Paul Harris, and still came out on top. If it’s one thing we’ve learned it’s never to underestimate a Jim Boeheim-led team… and definitely bring earplugs to the Carrier Dome.