The Syracuse Orange will no longer have Michael Carter-Williams, but they still managed to earn a No. 7 ranking in the USA Today Coaches Poll. Tyler Ennis will take over at point guard, but can he be one of the top incoming players in college basketball?
Ennis will certainly have the opportunity to do so. Ennis should be handed the keys to the offense, which will lead to a bunch of playing time. I am not saying he will lead the team in scoring or be the highest scoring freshman, but he could still have success right away.
Ennis will be playing alongside players like C.J. Fair and Rakeem Christmas. Fair led the team in scoring and rebounding last season and will be one of the best players in the ACC in the 2013-14 season. Christmas had a smaller role, but still managed to average 5.1 points per game and 4.6 rebounds per game in just 20.8 minutes per game.
It would not surprise me if Ennis was the second leading scorer on the team, but Fair will be the go-to guy right off of the bat. That tends to happen when a player is a senior and is the returning leading scorer (14.5 PPG).
Regardless, Ennis will have some big shoes to fill. Carter-Williams averaged 11.9 points per game, 4.9 rebounds per game, 7.3 assists per game and 2.8 steals per game last season. He was arguably the most important player on Syracuse, which was a team who made it all of the way to the Final Four.
Ennis is a five-star recruit and is ranked No. 20 in his class, according to ESPN. He clearly has a lot of potential, but it will be interesting to see if he will be one of the top incoming players in college hoops.