G Scoop Jardine (Graduated): 8.9 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 4.9 apg, 1.4 spg, 25.2 mpg
F Kris Joseph (Graduated/Draft): 13.4 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.5 apg, 0.6 bpg, 1.4 spg, 32.2 mpg
G Dion Waiters (Draft): 12.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.8 spg, 24.1 mpg
C Fab Melo (Draft): 7.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.9 bpg, 25.4 mpg
If I told you at the beginning of last season that, in addition to the graduation of Jardine and Joseph, the Orange's biggest losses would soon be Dion Waiters and Fab Melo, you probably would have Internet slapped me.
Waiters came to the Carrier Done as a top-ranked recruit, but struggled with inconsistency and never really carved out a niche. He was on the verge of transferring.
A year later, the dynamic combo guard was the best sixth man in the country and a soon-to-be top five pick in the NBA draft.
Melo, meanwhile, had bust written all over him. The 5-star recruit averaged just under 10 minutes per game his freshman year, looked lost on the offensive end and made too many stupid plays to earn a spot in the rotation.
While his offensive potential has still yet to be reached, Melo improved greatly in that aspect of the game while establishing himself as one of the most dominant interior big men on the defensive side of the ball.
He certainly didn't light up the scoresheet night-in and night-out (except for the block column, of course), but Melo's worth was painfully evident during the games he missed because of academic problems. If he was there to help against Jared Sullinger in the Elite Eight, March very easily could have gone differently for the Orange.
Don't underestimate the losses of Joseph and Jardine, either.
Not only does Boeheim lose two seniors and nine total years of experience, but Jardine was a terrific leader at the point while Joseph was adept at hitting the big outside shot when the Orange needed it most.