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Predicting Syracuse's Stat Leaders In 2014-15

Predicting Syracuse Basketball's Key Stat Leaders for 2014-15 Season

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After losing four key players from last year’s roster, the Syracuse basketball team is full of questions for the 2014-15 season. The Orange lost their leader in nearly every major statistical category, leaving the door open for new players to emerge as the team’s leaders. Heading into the 2014-15 season, here is a prediction of who will lead Syracuse in every key statistical category.

Points - Trevor Cooney

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Points - Trevor Cooney

Trevor Cooney Syracuse
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The Orange lost their top three scorers from last year, which should make it easy for Cooney to emerge as the leading scorer after after averaging 12 points per game last year. There's a chance that Michael Gbinije or Tyler Roberson has a breakout year and becomes the leading scorer or that freshman Kaleb Joseph becomes the go-to scorer for the Orange, but with the way Cooney shoots the ball, he'll likely lead the way.

Rebounds - Tyler Roberson

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Rebounds - Tyler Roberson

Tyler Roberson Syracuse
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Rakeem Christmas averaged five rebounds per game last year and is the team's leading returning rebounder, but the Orange forwards always seem to out-rebound the team's center. With C.J. Fair and Jerami Grant both gone, Roberson should see a lot of playing time, and after averaging two rebounds in eight minutes per game last year, he should have no trouble out-rebounding Christmas and leading the team.

Assists - Kaleb Joseph

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Assists - Kaleb Joseph

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The Orange will start yet another freshman at point guard in Joseph, and without another true point guard on the roster, there should be no doubt that he'll end up leading the team in assists. Joseph is more of a scorer than a distributing point guard, so he may not match the 5.5 assists that Tyler Ennis averaged for Syracuse last season. But he should have no trouble at least averaging a few assists per game and leading the team.

Steals - Trevor Cooney

Trevor Cooney
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Steals - Trevor Cooney

Trevor Cooney
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Cooney averaged 1.9 steals per game last year, just behind Tyler Ennis, who averaged 2.1. Cooney now has a full year of experience as a starter, in addition to great quickness and good size at the top of the Syracuse 2-3 zone. There's no reason why Cooney can't average at least two steals per game this season and become one of the team's defensive leaders.

Blocks - Rakeem Christmas

Rakeem Christmas
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Blocks - Rakeem Christmas

Rakeem Christmas
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Christmas averaged two blocks per game last year, and he should at least match, if not exceed, that total this year. Christmas should be one of the best defensive post players in the ACC this season, and with Syracuse lacking depth at the center position, they're going to need him to play 30-plus minutes per night, giving him ample opportunity to block a lot of shots and be a daunting defensive presence inside the paint.





A prediction of who will lead the Syracuse basketball team in key statistical categories during the 2014-15 season.

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