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What we know is Syracuse will be starting its fourth point guard in four years. What we don't know is who that starter will be at the 1.
The two players competing to start will be Michael Gbinije and freshman Kaleb Joseph. Gbinije has spent the past two years as an understudy to Michael Carter-Williams and Tyler Ennis, backing them up and learning the position on the fly.
Jim Boeheim said, via Donna Ditota at Syracuse.com, that Gbinije "has figured out" the nuances of the position enough to compete for significant minutes.
However, Joseph is more of a pure point guard and has been playing the position since his sophomore year of high school. Per Ditota, Boeheim said Joseph "can make players better" and "can have the same impact as Tyler (Ennis) had."
Because of Joseph's experience with the position and his athleticism off the dribble, he will probably earn the starting job. That's not to take anything away from Gbinije, but his services will also be needed elsewhere.
Gbinije is also in the running for a starting spot at forward, depending on Coleman's health. But in recent years Boeheim has liked to have an impact player come off the bench. Gbinije can come in and play either guard or either forward spot, so Boeheim will likely keep him as a reserve.
However, Gbinije could have an impressive summer and take the starting gig from Joseph. Both players' progressions will be something to monitor as the season draws closer.