Syracuse Basketball: Orange Recruit Kaleb Joseph Will Fill Point Guard Void

By Gregory Philson
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The Syracuse Orange had a promising start in the 2013-14 season. After going 25-0, the Orange finished off the year in a disappointing fashion by losing to the Dayton Flyers in the third round of the NCAA tournament.

The free fall consisted of an offense that could not score consistently and a zone defense that was not nearly as imposing as coach Jim Boeheim-led teams usually are. Even worse for the team was losing freshman star Tyler Ennis after he decided to throw his name in the mix of the upcoming NBA Draft.

While things looked like they were not going the way of the Orange, the recruiting class coming in could cure what ails the team. Point Kaleb Joseph may end up being a better fit than Ennis ever was because of his ability to find players on the break and in regular offensive sets. He also is the typical player Boeheim loves to have as part of his 2-3 zone scheme.

Joseph is long and lanky at 6-foot-3 and should be able to disrupt passing lanes and give fans more of what they are accustomed to in upstate New York. Scouts also say Joseph has a good looking jumper and he can find his own shot. While Ennis did have some clutch moments, he was an inconsistent offensive player and did not have a reliable shot by any means. Joseph could end up being a better version of Ennis and may end up staying put for more than one season.

Syracuse lost a lot from last season, but with Joseph coming in, the Orange may have a batter shot of going further in the NCAA tournament than last season.

Gregory T. Philson is an ACC basketball writer at Follow him on Twitter @GTPhilson, “Like” him on Facebook, and add him to your network on GoogleRead more here.

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