Syracuse Basketball: Orange Players Under Most Pressure in 2013-14 Season

Josh SchochAnalyst IIIJune 15, 2013

Syracuse Basketball: Orange Players Under Most Pressure in 2013-14 Season

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    Syracuse basketball fans have come to expect nothing short of excellence from their team, and Jim Boeheim's Orange have a lot of potential in the 2013-14 college basketball season.

    Fans are expecting big things from the Orange, and there are three players whose performances will dictate whether or not the team succeeds.

    Let's count down the players under the most pressure for Syracuse.

3. Trevor Cooney

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    Trevor Cooney is coming off a very poor 2012-13 season during which he averaged a mere 3.4 points on 32.2 percent shooting, and the three-point specialist shot just 26.7 percent from behind the arc.

    However, this year Cooney is one of the few options at shooting guard that the team has.

    Unless Michael Gbinije makes tremendous strides as a shooter, Cooney will start at shooting guard, and he'll have to do much better than he did last year.

2. C.J. Fair

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    C.J. Fair is the best returning player for the Orange, after averaging 14.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game last year despite being overshadowed by guys like Michael Carter-Williams, James Southerland and Brandon Triche.

    Fair is now going to be the centerpiece of Syracuse's offense, and fans are expecting big things. Anything less than 21 points and seven boards per game will be too little, and he has to be a superstar just to meet expectations.

    While I'm confident that Fair will overcome the pressure in his senior year, he is still being asked to do a lot.

1. Tyler Ennis

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    No one is facing more pressure than the team's top recruit.

    As the only true point guard on the team's roster, Tyler Ennis will be asked to start at point guard and play roughly 38 minutes per game by the end of the year.

    While I really like Ennis, he is a pass-first point guard who is very different than Michael Carter-Williams was last year. He is not going to be flashy but should be a much smarter, more efficient player.

    Boeheim will ask Ennis to do a lot, and he is clearly under the most pressure this season.