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Three veterans departed, but Sean Miller still has a great sophomore class with some veteran presence in the backcourt. Big men Brandon Ashley and Kaleb Tarczewski should both get full-time minutes this season. Point guard T.J. McConnell takes over after sitting out following his transfer from Duquesne, with senior Jordin Mayes in reserve.
Shooting guard Nick Johnson made honorable mention for the Pac-12 All-Defensive team last season, but he is capable being a full-fledged All-Pac 12 selection. Sophomore Gabe York and freshman Elliott Pitts will contend to back him up. Freshman Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, a major defensive threat, will see large minutes at the 3.
And then there's freshman forward Aaron Gordon. Gordon had an eventful summer, winning MVP honors at the McDonald's All-American Game, and then doing the same at the FIBA U19 World Championships. He played on a USA team that included Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart, Duke's Rasheed Sulaimon and Louisville's Montrezl Harrell, among others. That means he's good, right?
Granted, this is an optimistic listing, since the Hoosiers are counting on strong production from a host of freshmen. Wings Troy Williams and Stanford Robinson will be expected to compete for a starting spot immediately. If the two bigger players can't hit the ground quickly, coach Tom Crean may need to start a small backcourt for the second straight year, with 6'0" Yogi Ferrell and 6'1" Evan Gordon together.
Frontcourt production will need to come from freshmen Noah Vonleh (a McDonald's All-American) and Luke Fischer, as well as sophomores Jeremy Hollowell and Hanner Mosquera-Perea. Last but not least, senior forward Will Sheehey will be a primary source of scoring and leadership.
If everyone plays up to their billing—a tall order indeed—Crean will be able to go at least nine deep with confidence.
The Tigers' frontcourt is young, but loaded with potential. McDonald's All-American Jarrell Martin is the jewel of a six-man recruiting class in which each player stands at least 6'6". Second-year coach Johnny Jones added two more ESPN 100 prospects, forward Jordan Mickey and point guard Tim Quarterman, along with JUCO center John Odo and Australian Darcy Malone, who stand 6'10" and 7'0" respectively.
As for returning talent, All-SEC forward Johnny O'Bryant provides muscle to go with the hustle of mighty-mite guards Anthony Hickey and Andre Stringer. All three were double-digit scorers last season, as was wing Shavon Coleman. Sophomore Malik Morgan nearly left Baton Rouge in the offseason, but returns to add energy off the bench.
The Red Storm return a host of talented, yet mostly erratic performers. Double-digit scorers Phil Greene, JaKarr Sampson and D'Angelo Harrison all struggled to shoot decent percentages last season. Junior Sir'Dominic Pointer shot 51 percent and finished third on the team in rebounding.
Texas A&M transfer Jamal Branch played decently at the point after becoming eligible in December, but he'll face a stiff challenge for his minutes from five-star Philly point guard Rysheed Jordan.
Most of the experienced players aren't big guys, but coach Steve Lavin gets some badly needed size on this season's roster. Sophomore Chris Obekpa struggles offensively, but his four blocks per game led the nation. Seniors God'sgift Achiuwa and Orlando Sanchez both stand about 6'8", and Achiuwa averaged 9.4 points and 5.8 rebounds in 2011-12.
The Orange lost some veteran talent, but Jim Boeheim always manages to find plenty of bodies to keep the 2-3 zone fierce. The interior will be anchored by upperclassmen Baye Keita and Rakeem Christmas, along with sophomore DaJuan Coleman and freshman Tyler Roberson.
Forwards C.J. Fair and Jerami Grant should lead Syracuse in scoring, as Fair is the only double-figure man returning. Freshman Tyler Ennis will step in at the point, with junior Trevor Cooney, sophomore Michael Gbinije and rookie Ron Patterson dueling for minutes at the 2.