Freshman Impact: Syracuse

Can five talented newcomers help the Orange get back to the Final Four?

Updated: May 13, 2013, 3:04 PM ET
By John Gasaway and Adam Finkelstein | ESPN Insider

Tyler EnnisJoe Faraoni/ESPN ImagesTyler Ennis, ranked No. 20 in the Class of 2013, could be Syracuse's starting PG this season.

For the "Freshman Impact" series, Insider's college basketball and recruiting experts will be teaming up to examine how 15 of the nation's best recruiting classes will fit in with their teams in the 2013-14 season.

In this edition, John Gasaway and Adam Finkelstein look at the Syracuse Orange. For links to the rest of the articles, click here.

John: Adam, the last time we saw Jim Boeheim's team, it was playing amazing defense in the NCAA tournament -- so amazing that the Orange reached the Final Four as a No. 4 seed. But Boeheim lost a lot from that team, didn't he? Michael Carter-Williams, Brandon Triche and James Southerland were all key performers. How will Syracuse regroup in 2013-14 as it enters the ACC?

Adam: A year ago at this time, Boeheim probably wasn't thinking that Carter-Williams would enter the NBA draft. But that's what happened, and I'm not sure there was a backup plan. As a result, Syracuse will be more vulnerable in the backcourt than it's been in several years. Still, there's a ton of talent in this frontcourt.