Elijah Hughes: A-
Hard to believe there were questions going into the season on whether Hughes could take a leap. He has gone from not on any preseason All-ACC teams to an ACC first teamer and the leading scorer in the conference at 18.9 PPG. Hughes has an outside chance to be the first Orange to average 20 points a game or more in a season since Hakim Warrick in 2004. The only downside is this might be his final couple months in Orange. The Athletic has him as the 53rd projected pick in this year’s draft.
Buddy Boeheim: A-
Don’t let recency bias cloud your judgement too much. Up until the last two games, Buddy was a solid A given his preseason expectations. No one expected him to score at the 8th best rate in the conference. The pressure was on him to round out his game and add that mid-range jumper. He certainly did that. Just not sure where it has gone the past two games.
Joe Girard: B+
It was debated all summer how much Girard could make an impact as a freshman. While he has taken some shots that make you scratch your head at times and went through a minor slump in the middle of ACC play, overall he seems to be well on his way to a very strong four year career with SU. Girard has also hit some huge shots against Clemson & Notre Dame down the stretch–albeit it in losing efforts. He’s a rare freshman that you want handling the ball late.
Marek Dolezaj: B
Marek’s 2019 portion of the season was about a C or C-. His start to 2020 and play during the five game winning streak was a solid A- or even an A. Lately he has leveled off to give him a grade of B. The team still goes as he goes and his scoring has improved. The foul trouble concerns are hard to completely ignore though.
Bourama Sidibe: D
Two words: foul trouble. Way too much of it. He came in as the X factor this season. We all were just hoping with him now healthy strides could be made. While he has shown flashes, such as against Florida State, the two fouls in one minute that spoiled the 9 points and 5 rebounds is what Sidibe’s season will be remembered for.
Jesse Edwards: C
It’s hard to grade Jesse because he is so raw. All you wanted from him was growth and he’s shown that of late. At the same time some of his plays at the end of Clemson still sting to think back on.
Brycen Goodine: C
Considering he was the only ESPN 100 recruit in this class, Goodine has disappointed. His woeful three point shooting has been a surprise (6.3%). Then again, he did have the game-winner against Clemson and some solid minutes lately.
Quincy Guerrier: C+
Perhaps like Boeheim you could say I am being too hard on Quincy. It’s just that we all see the potential. And like all the other big men, foul trouble has been too common. That being said, I can’t wait to see this guy as a sophomore and even the rest of the season. When it all comes together it’s going to be awesome.
Howard Washington: C
Howie had some bright spots like at Georgia Tech with 8 assists off the bench. His lack of offensive potential has relegated him to behind Goodine in the lineup lately though.