The Syracuse Orange are losing versatile guard, Michael Carter-Williams, to the NBA. That might seem like a big blow to the program, because it is, but it isn’t any form of deathblow to Jim Boeheim‘s squad. Not only are the Orange known to rebuild well, but it is really more of a lock and reload rather than a process that takes a few seasons.
While it is out with the old (Williams, relatively speaking), it is in with the new. Syracuse has a blue chipper coming to campus in Tyler Ennis. The future starting point guard has shown a lot in college as well as the AAU levels to have the Orange fans resting comfortably knowing there won’t be a huge drop in production.
When Ennis is being evaluated, certain things jump out at you: his awareness/IQ, vision on the court and a strange sense of leadership usually reserved for players who have been around for a much longer period time.
There are very few negative aspects to his game. Really, it would be nitpicking at his game to find flaws. Ennis is not a world-renowned scorer, but that does not mean he can’t improve on that aspect. Because of his pure point guard abilities, honestly, any scoring from Ennis would just be icing on his already perfectly-made basketball player cake.
Yes, losing Williams is a pretty big loss. There is no doubt that the Orange would love to have him back. But with the assumption assertion of Ennis into the lineup, Syracuse might not only miss zero beats, but be a more consistent, better overall team.
Time will tell, however, if Ennis is worthy of the hype surrounding him and if the loss of Williams will be something the Orange have a harder time to overcome than replacing players in the past.
Joe is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JosephNardone