It's easy to write off the Syracuse basketball team after it lost three starters and three of its top four scorers. But the returning players are on scholarship as well, and they should be able to keep the team competitive by the time March rolls around.
So what exactly does each potential starter bring to the table? Well, we should start by sorting out the starting lineup.
Trevor Cooney and Rakeem Christmas will likely reprise their starting roles. Since incoming freshman Kaleb Joseph is the only true point guard on the roster, he will probably start at the 1. Michael Gbinije could challenge Joseph, but Jim Boeheim could prefer to use Gbinije's versatility off the bench.
DaJuan Coleman is making progress, but he can't be counted on to be ready by the beginning of the season. Because of that, freshman Chris McCullough should start at forward with Tyler Roberson rounding out the starting five unless Boeheim decides to start Gbinije.
With that out of the way, let's look deeper at what each player will bring to next year's Syracuse team.