Well, the season is over and all we have left to do is watch the madness without our own Syracuse Orange competing. The season came to an end with a loss against Ole Miss as the Orange failed to win in their own Dome.
This season took away a couple years of Syracuse fan’s lives, as the heartbreaking losses and teeth clenching wins ended in a second round NIT defeat. Players shined and players failed, so let’s take a look at the grades these Orangemen deserved this year.
Tyler Lydon: B-
This year started off slow for the sophomore forward, as his efficient shot went missing and led the Orange to a few losses that should have been wins. He picked his game up as the year went on with hot shooting and efficient defense.
Tyler Lydon was supposed to be the reason why the Orange succeed, but his inconsistent play derailed Syracuse when it mattered most. Lydon could leave for the draft this year, but another year playing in the Carrier Dome would certainly help.
John Gillon: A-
I don’t care that it was a small sample size: John Gillon turned this season around for the Orange. It looked as if this team was coming for a below .500 record, but Gillon’s installment into the starting lineup changed it all.
His big-shot making ability kept the Orange in games they shouldn’t have been in, and a few buzzer beaters helped along the way too. Gillon’s time in Orange wasn’t long, but his name will be remembered from his heroics this year.
Andrew White III: A-
Thank you Andrew White III for leading Syracuse’s offense this season. White led the Orange in scoring with 18.5 points per game this year, as he used his prolific three-point shooting to keep Syracuse in games they shouldn’t have been.
Your time is done Mr. White, but your professionalism and long range shot will be remembered forever.
Tyus Battle: B
This is the kind of “B” that you go home extremely happy about. Tyus Battle was inconsistent this year, but his potential was put on display often. His athleticism is a no-brainer, and once he finds a way to make his shot a little more consistent he will be ready to lead a team.
Time to grind Tyus, next year is your year.
Taurean Thompson: B-
Similar to Battle, Taurean Thompson should be happy with his grade. Thompson was inconsistent this year and showed a lot of flaws on the defensive side of the ball, but his offensive ability is scary-good. The Orange will be in good hands next year if he can improve his defense to a point where he can play more than 17.9 minutes per game.
Frank Howard: C+
Frank Howard showed a lot of promise during the first few games, but his inability to play against the big-time opponents caused coach Jim Boeheim to implement a starting lineup with John Gillon running the point instead.
Howard needs to work on a lot of areas of his game if he wants to be trusted with the keys to Boeheim’s offense next year.
DaJuan Coleman: B-
What a sad story DaJuan Coleman was. He showed so much talent coming into Syracuse, but injuries hurt his entire career. Coleman showed some flashes this year to a point where fans complained that he wasn’t playing more, but once again injuries hurt the big-man’s ability to play.
Thank you DaJuan, you were a class citizen for this university and its basketball team.
Tyler Roberson: C
This one is upsetting. Tyler Roberson was supposed to be the defensive backbone of the Syracuse defense this year, but his inability to succeed on the offensive side of the ball didn’t help his down year on the glass. Roberson’s career in Orange comes to a
sad ending with an unfortunate down year.
Paschal Chukwu: N/A
Injuries derailed his year.