Many people struggle with change, preferring the comfort that comes with what's familiar. This is why franchises do so well with diners.
Well, if you're a fan of the Syracuse Orange, to paraphrase a skit from the '60s' hit variety show, Laugh-In, "Here come da change."
I can't recall an Orange roster turning over so many players in one season. Gone are James Southerland, Michael Carter-Williams and fixture Brandon Triche. Triche started more games (146) and won more games (121) than any player in the history of Syracuse basketball.
Arriving this fall is an outstanding freshman class:
- Tyler Ennis: PG
- Ron Patterson: SG
- B.J. Johnson: SF
- Tyler Roberson: PF
- Chinonso Obokoh: C
Also here after a season of just practicing is Duke transfer Mike Gbinije, a shooting guard/small forward.
So we've established there will be big changes for the Orange in 2013-14. What we're here to examine is the effects those roster changes will have on the team next season. Here's my list ranked in order of impact.