CBB Summer Buzz: Syracuse
A few more potential pros give the Orange what it takes to stay atop the Big East
Insider knows you're hot for hoops during the summer, so we're bringing you a closer look at a few of the big-profile schools before most freshmen have even moved into their dorms. We continue today with Syracuse.
(30-5, NCAA tournament -- Sweet 16)
This time last year, the Orange said goodbye to the talented trio of Jonny Flynn, Eric Devendorf and Paul Harris, and some assumed Syracuse would slide back in the always-strong Big East. Jim Boeheim knew better. In his back pocket, he had a certain 6-foot-7 swingman named Wes Johnson. Largely unseen after transferring from Iowa State, Johnson helped carry the Cuse back to the top of the conference and a spot in the Sweet 16, and he punched his own NBA lotto ticket in the process.
Without Johnson, Andy Rautins and Arinze Onuaku this season, Syracuse finds itself in a similar situation. So is another Johnson lurking among an array of talented freshmen and returners with breakout potential?
To read the summer preview of Syracuse, including news on the incoming freshmen, who can replace Wes Johnson and the biggest area of concern, you must be an ESPN Insider. Plus, you can see outlooks from Joe Lunardi, Doug Gottlieb, Jay Bilas and Fran Fraschilla.
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Insider knows you're hot for hoops during the summer, so we're bringing you a closer look at few of the big-profile schools before most freshmen have even moved into their dorms.
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Duke Blue Devils
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Wildcats have talent, but is it enough?
With UK on the rise, the Cards need to rebuild
Bears are on cusp of Big 12 elite status
Michigan State Spartans
Another Final Four could be in the cards
Ohio State Buckeyes
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Illinois Fighting Illini
A dark-horse candidate for the Big Ten title
The Baby Boilers are all grown up
Mack will lead Bulldogs' attack
Despite key losses, the Orange are contenders
Without Monroe, it's all about the guards
Jay Wright's frontcourt has arrived
Hopson, Harris should ignite Vols
Vet leadership, depth should aid Gators
Bruins can begin the rebuilding process
Huskies hungry to reach Elite Eight
Influx of talent forces out familar faces
Kansas State Wildcats
Expectations are higher than ever in Manhattan
Jayhawks still have the talent to compete