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Boeheim can't recall last time Cuse was this deep

Posted on: November 9, 2011 11:20 am
Edited on: November 9, 2011 11:54 am
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By Jeff Goodman


Jim Boeheim's team is so deep that he might wind up redshirting Trevor Cooney.

"He's our fifth guard right now," said the Syracuse coach. "We'll make a decision this week."

Cooney, a top 75 player and arguably the best pure shooter on the team, is behind Scoop Jardine, Brandon Triche, Dion Waiters and Michael Carter-Williams.

That's serious depth.

It's more of the same up front - where Boeheim will likely rotate three guys between the power forward and center spot: sophomores Fab Melo and Baye Moussa Keita as well as freshman Rakeem Christmas.

"Christmas will start at the four - and also play some at the five," Boeheim said.

"Fab has made major strides," he added. "He's a different player. He lost some weight and is playing with confidence. Last year he couldn't get up and down."

"Both of our big guys from last year - Fab and Moussa - have gotten a lot better," Boeheim continued.

That's seven or eight deep - and we haven't even touched on the team's most heralded returnee: senior forward Kris Joseph, who led the team in scoring a year ago at 14.3 points per game.

There's also the group's most underrated player, sophomore C.J. Fair.

This team may not have that dominant player - a lottery pick - but what it does have is strength in its numbers. So much so that Boeheim doesn't seem at all concerned about replacing the production of graduated big man Rick Jackson - who averaged a double-double last year.

"This is the deepest team we've had in many years," Boeheim admitted. "I think we've got a chance."
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Comments

Since: Mar 22, 2009
Posted on: November 14, 2011 7:00 pm
 

Boeheim can't recall last time Cuse was this deep

You can Press during the 4 guard offense and then go to man. We're looking to get Cooney key minutes and not really extended minutes. We can run the 4 guard offense for 3-4 minutes a game, nothing major, just enough to create a spark and to light some runs when the offense is in a lull.

It is fairly obvious at this point Cooney will be red shirted and will join next years class though.



Since: Nov 6, 2010
Posted on: November 11, 2011 12:54 am
 

Boeheim can't recall last time Cuse was this deep

I think if he is the 5th point guard then they should red shirt him.  No harm done there.  He will be practicing against the No 6 ranked team in the nation everyday, which is still very valuable experience.  It's nice to have this problem.....GO CUSE




Since: Nov 6, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2011 9:25 am
 

Boeheim can't recall last time Cuse was this deep

cuseyourself,
i agree about the four guard offense, but not sure how they are gonna guard anyone in the zone.  can;t see cooney or any other guard guarding the wing



Since: Nov 6, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2011 9:21 am
 

Boeheim can't recall last time Cuse was this deep

super gnat,
i agree to some extent, syracuse doesn't run plays in the half court aside from a top of the key pic from a big man. not sure why. i am thinking we will see more half court offense this year if the big men are as good as beoeheim says thety are, and he usually doesn't lie about that.



Since: Jun 8, 2011
Posted on: November 9, 2011 9:10 pm
 

Boeheim can't recall last time Cuse was this deep

SU's offensive problems lie more with the players not being patient and taking bad shots than having good shooters on the team.  The defense will always keep them in the game, but at times the offense is just unwatchable.  When Boeheim can push the ball up the floor and play a running style of offense, his teams are very good.  BUT, when they are in a half-court set, they don't seem to have many plays that create good shooting opportunities.



Since: Sep 4, 2011
Posted on: November 9, 2011 7:37 pm
 

Boeheim can't recall last time Cuse was this deep

F_theGoat Shut your inbred ass up. You act like you won a national championship by beating us.



Since: Nov 29, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2011 5:50 pm
 

Boeheim can't recall last time Cuse was this deep

This is going to be a very good team. Look forward to watching them progress!!



Since: Apr 29, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2011 5:39 pm
 

Boeheim can't recall last time Cuse was this deep

Because they play the zone? You are clearly not watching Syracuse games. Boeheim's zone is insanely active, which is why depth in the zone is beyond important. At times, his 2-3 is more active and causing more fatigue than most man-man schemes. And as for wearing the other team down? That doesn't matter, they mentally frustrate teams because its hard to pick apart the zone. Especially if Fab Melo is as good as they say hes getting, then that dead area around the foul line will become even harder to attack. I'm excited to watch these guys this year.



Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2011 4:08 pm
 

Boeheim can't recall last time Cuse was this deep

Boeheim can't recall the last time he beat the Ville - Hey-O!!!! Holla bitches



Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2011 3:39 pm
 

Boeheim can't recall last time Cuse was this deep

Syracuse does not play man-to-man for a reason.  If you watched the exhibition last night you would know.  They played man-to-man the entire game and as a result they were trailing a DIVISION 2 team in the SECOND HALF.  Their zone that he has been coaching for the last 35 years lead to fastbreaks and transition points.


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