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SU Hoops’ Most Underrated Player Is…

It’s Tuesday morning. Typically, you’d see some Syracuse football stock up and stock down’s right here, right now. However, Saturday’s performance was so bad that the stock market CRASHED. The stock is down on the whole team and SU may have just thrown away its one and only opportunity at a bowl game. Now, as the optimist here I think the Orange rebound in a competitive loss at NC State and can give Pittsburgh all they can handle.

Anyways, the point is that the team was so horrendous that it’s hard to write about it and you don’t want to read about it. So what do we do? Talk hoops.

Coach Boeheim and Company are off to a solid 2-0 start after a huge second half against Drexel. Now a win over the Dragons was expected by vegas and ‘Cuse fans alike. What may not be expected is for Syracuse to win the Battle 4 Atlantis and beat teams like Indiana in the non-conference. But, how COULD SU beat high level competition? Symir Torrence can certainly help.

The Marquette transfer won’t pop off the stat sheet but he’ll assist in other players stuffing it. The Syracuse native has played 39 minutes between SU’s first two outings. Torrence has also tallied seven assists and five defensive rebounds. It takes a close eye to see that he LOVES to push the pace and play with tempo. As soon as he or one of his teammates gets a board, he’s looking to counter and find the plethora of shooters the Orange have in transition. Syracuse scored 15 of its points in transition and definitely has the players needed to light up that department.

The junior is playing Kadary Richmond-like minutes and providing some of the same benefits. Now i’m not going to sit here and tell you that Torrence is as talented as the now Seton Hall Pirate. If you followed along last year you remember how pro-Kadary I was and the Fizz was collectively. However, with Torrence in the fold there are new attributes and skills brought to the table that Syracuse can benefit from. The guard can handle the basketball, create his own offense, and find open shooters in settled and unsettled situations.

Symir Torrence will play a huge role in how successful Syracuse hoops is this season. I just want to get the conversation started now, in mid-Novermber, because he is now and will be SU’s most underrated player this year.

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