As the college basketball season kicks off, teams and players alike start looking to make early statements.
In the Big East, you won't find a team more hungry to do so than the Syracuse Orange, who, believe it or not, aren't the conference favorites this season.
According to the polls, that title goes to the Connecticut Huskies, who after losing their star player remained in the Top Five and a spot ahead of Syracuse.
If that doesn't motivate Jim Boeheim's players at Syracuse, then I don't know what will.
With the season just underway, the Orange will need a few players to step up and break out if they want not only to supplant UConn atop the Big East but to become the nation's best team, which is certainly a feasible goal.
Here are five Syracuse players who are poised to break out this season.