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A Quick Look



Pos. Rank

Quick Analysis

Rakeem Christmas


C (#1)

Christmas is a similar prospect to Birch in the sense that they are both outstanding shot-blockers and rebounders but can improve on their offensive scoring game. Christmas seems to get a large majority of his points off put-backs and tip-ins, which is good, but struggles to create his own shot inside the paint.

Michael Carter-Williams


SG (#7)

Carter-Williams is a big-time scoring guard who can drain threes well beyond the arc, hit a mid-range jumper or floater and can take it to the bucket where he has the court vision to dish it to an open teammate. He also has developed nicely into a secondary ball-handler who can bring the ball up the floor. His stroke is also consistent and he’s a great free throw shooter who can put away games in the closing minutes.

Trevor Cooney



Cooney is an outstanding shooter who does an excellent job of getting off his shot and creating separation between him and his defender. He is also surprisingly athletic and recently showed an improved mid-range game.


Jim Boeheim has pulled in a very good class by convincing the best center in the country in Rakeem Christmas (#20) and a top shooting guard prospect in Michael Carter-Williams (#24) to play for the Orange. Syracuse also got a good prospect in Trevor Cooney who is a lights out shooter and overall good scorer. Christmas will fit in very well in the Orange’s 2-3 zone since he is a long big-man who covers a large amount of area and is a good shot-blocker. Between Christmas, Fab Melo, and Kris Joseph, Syracuse could have one of the better front courts in the country and a scary defense. Carter-Williams is a huge pick up as well since he is a big-time scorer and is developing as a good point guard as well.


One comment on “Syracuse

  1. […] you go down the rest of the top ten you will see that Arizona and Ohio State just missed out with Syracuse, Alabama and Louisville holding the last three spots. Of these five teams, the Buckeyes have the […]

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