Well the 2021 version of Syracuse basketball’s season opener was nothing like the 2020 version. SU dominated from the get-go and flashed its potential as one of the best teams in the ACC. Obviously this should be expected against inferior competition like Lafayette but the 40 minutes of evidence was impressive nonetheless. Here are the biggest takeaways:
This Team is Deep
The narrative is similar to last year but there is zero drop off. Joe Girard goes out, Symir Torrence comes in. Jesse Edwards checks out, Frank Anselem checks in. Benny Williams can tap in for anybody at any time. On top of that, the players coming off the bench bring different skills to the table. Torrence is quick as a lightning and can push the tempo. Anselem closes out well and likes to get physical. Benny Williams is just Benny Williams. The super-frosh is uber-talented and has a crazy high ceiling.
Syracuse Won the Transfer Portal
Syracuse lost Kadary Richmond, Woody Newton, and Robert Braswell to the portal in the offseason. SU brought in Cole Swider, Symir Torrence, Jimmy Boeheim, and even Paddy Casey. I think the Orange ended up winning in these transactions. The top three provide that key depth and in the case of Swider and Jimmy, they’re starters.
Jesse Edwards Can Be “That Guy.”
The Netherlands native had foul trouble and was on a sideline quite a bit. However, he was all over the floor (when he was in). Edwards racked up eleven points and three blocks. The third-year big looks much more comfortable in the post on the offensive end. Let’s see if those improvements continue.
Syracuse hits the court next against Drexel.