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I am going ahead and making the assumption that Fair will return next season. He will unquestionably be the team's star. The 6'8", 215-pound Fair is poised to have a season worthy of first-team All-ACC selection and a place on All-America teams.
I know he has spent most of his time in Syracuse at center, but not next year. Working at power forward, the 6'9", 242-pound Christmas has to step up next year and play like the McDonald's All-American he was in high school. It's time.
He has great athleticism but needs to be more aggressive. I know he will only be a freshman, but Ennis needs to inspire Christmas to play with the same chip on his shoulder that he does.
The 6'8", 203-pound Grant far exceeded the expectations he came to Syracuse with. Unlike Cooney, the game never seemed to overwhelm him and he played with great energy and athleticism.
I am really looking forward to more of Jerami.
The 6'7" 190-pound 4-star recruit, according to Scout.com, from Union, NJ is expected to come in and contribute right away. He started as a post player and has done a nice job of moving his game further from the basket. He is a great rebounder who runs the floor well.
He had a terrific senior season, averaging 17.5 points and 11.7 rebounds per game.
The 6'7", 200-pound Duke transfer has spent this season practicing with the team while sitting out his transfer redshirt season. As a freshman at Duke, he played 5.8 minutes per game and averaged 1.7 points and .8 rebounds per game.
He had a stellar high school career in Virginia culminating with a state championship his senior year, when he averaged 25 points, 10 rebounds and five assists per game. He was named first-team All-State.
The 6'7" 165-pound Johnson comes from Lower Merion High in Ardmore, Pa., the same school that gave us Kobe Bryant. He has great athleticism and runs the floor well. Johnson is a great shot-blocker and rebounder.
The forwards will be the overwhelming strength of next year's team. C.J.Fair will lead a deep and talented group.
Fair will compete for All-American status as the undisputed leader of the Orange. Christmas is just too athletic and talented to continue just being okay. He needs to play with more fire and nastiness. Jerami Grant is going to be a star and will see more minutes next year and prove he deserves them.
The freshmen will contribute, especially Roberson.