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Syracuse Orange center Jesse Edwards (14) blocks the shot of Lehigh Mountain Hawks guard Evan Taylor (5). The Syracuse Men’s basketball team takes on Lehigh at the JMA Wireless Dome, Nov. 7, 2022. Dennis Nett |

What are the reasons behind Boeheim’s return to man-to-man defense? (Mike’s Mailbox) (PS; $; Waters)

We kept Mike’s Mailbox running all through the offseason, but nothing gets the email machine humming like actual games.

Syracuse played its regular-season opener on Monday, beating Lehigh 90-72 at the JMA Wireless Dome, and the Mailbox immediately got hit with questions from readers.

Let’s keep it going all season.

If you have any college basketball-related questions, please email to

Q: What are we to make of Syracuse playing mostly man-to-man defense so far this season? Is it because they’re mostly freshmen and not quite ready to operate the “Syracuse” zone or is this more a change of the times?

David D.

I think Jim Boeheim is utilizing man-to-man defense more this season for two reasons.

One, he saw what teams did against the zone last year.

And, two, he’s adjusting according to the personnel on this year’s team.

On the first issue, more and more teams attacked Syracuse’s zone last year by flooding the zone, as it were, with a deluge of 3-pointers. It wasn’t that teams made 33% of their 3-point attempts against Syracuse. You could live with that percentage.

Mike Waters breaks down what Syracuse basketball needs for an NCAA resume - The Juice Online (the juice; podcast; Cheng)

Syracuse basketball kicked of its 2022-23 campaign on Monday with a 90-72 win over Lehigh. While it was only one game, there were plenty of takeaways from the game.

For starters, the Orange opened in man-to-man defense, something Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim vowed he would do during the preseason. It makes a significant departure from over 10 years of precedent, as Boeheim has coached an entirely zone team since the 2009-10 year.

Another thing that will change for him this season? His rotation. Boeheim has won many of his, ahem, 1,100 games by sticking to a tight seven-man rotation, but that appears not to be the case this season as he played five different players at wing, a backup center and a backup guard against the Mountain Hawks.

We chatted extensively about Syracuse’s opening win with’s Mike Waters on this week’s The Juice on the Cuse Podcast, presented by Mike breaks down how often Syracuse will come out of the zone, and also what he foresees the rotation being against more competitive teams. We also chatted about the Orange’s backcourt, which enjoyed a stand-out opening game, and Mike also gives his predictions for how the season will go.

While Mike predicted on that the Orange will ultimately win 18 games in the regular season and likely miss out on the NCAA Tournament for a second straight year, there’s of course hope that SU can be on the right side of the bubble come March. Syracuse will need a ‘clean sheet,’ meaning they can’t lose games like they did to Colgate last year, and they’ll also need to pick up some Quad 1 wins before the season ends. While the path is more narrow because the Orange’s strength of schedule is weaker than it’s been in recent years, there are still opportunities to make their case to the committee.

“Syracuse is going to have to have a clean sheet on its schedule, where they don’t have any bad losses, and at some point, they have to pick up a few quality wins. Even at that, you’ll still be on the bubble. But you might be on the good side of the bubble instead of the bad side.”


It’s Too Early to Overreact on Benny Williams – Orange Fizz – Daily Syracuse Recruiting News & Team Coverage (; Frank)

Yes, Benny Williams did not have a great freshman season at Syracuse. Yes, he did not play well in SU’s season-opening 90-72 win over Lehigh. But, that doesn’t mean it’s time to give up on the former four-star recruit that people once claimed was the turning point in the return of Syracuse recruiting. It’s way too early to give up.

Williams played in 29 games as a freshman, did not start a single one, and was mostly blocked from playing time by transfers Cole Swider and Jimmy Boeheim, both players with at least three prior years of college basketball experience. Williams averaged 11.5 minutes per game, shooting nearly 34% from the field, went just 1/11 from three-point range, and 13/21 (almost 62%) from the foul line.

The then-freshman averaged just 1.9 points per game, 1.4 rebounds per contest, and had 18 turnovers to only six assists. No, Williams is not a facilitator who should be gathering up assists on a nightly basis, but a three to one turnover to-assist ratio is unacceptable. He had some nice moments last year, like a giant weakside recovery for a huge block against Drexel in the second game of the season.

But, his best moments usually came against bad teams, or against good teams in garbage time. When Syracuse got manhandled by Duke in the final game between Jim Boeheim and Mike Krzyzewski in the Dome, Williams played 30 minutes and had 14 points and six rebounds when the game was already out of reach. That’s the extent of his freshman contributions. Yes, not encouraging, but opportunities ahead with the departures of Swider and Boeheim.

So, in the Orange’s exhibition’s against Indiana (PA) and Southern New Hampshire, Williams did what Boeheim said in the preseason that he had to do, rebound the basketball. The sophomore averaged 10 rebounds per game in the two exhibitions, and had a double-double against Crimson Hawks in a game the Orange trailed at halftime. That’s encouraging, but then comes the season opener.

Williams played 23 minutes, scored two points, corralled only three rebounds, and missed both of his free throw attempts. Not good. Our own Francesco Simone went on an epic rant about Williams after the game, and how he was ready to give his starting lineup spot to someone else. But, we’re not there yet. It was one game. Yes, Jim Boeheim was not happy with that performance postgame, but there are plenty more opportunities to learn.

Syracuse men’s basketball: why Jesse Edwards is the Orange’s most irreplaceable player (TNIAAM; Chiappone)

About a month ago, the TNIAAM unanimously agreed that Jesse Edwards was the most valuable player on the Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team. Based on the start of the 2022-2023 season, he might also be Syracuse’s most indispensable player.

Edwards looks great at everything that made him valuable last season, from the efficient scoring in the paint to his strides as a paint protector and pick-and-roll defender. In a small sample size, Edwards is doing a much better job at avoiding foul trouble and staying active on the offensive end, especially without the ball.

With the Orange losing several key veteran players from last season, coach Boeheim is counting on Edwards to take another leap forward.

Edwards’ strides as a scorer, shot-blocker

Last season, Jesse Edwards took on a much larger role for the Orange. After suiting up for under nine minutes a night two seasons ago, Edwards was playing closer to 28 minutes a game in 2022.

The results were great for Syracuse on both ends of the court for Edwards. Edwards proved that in a larger role, he could anchor the Orange’s defense in the paint, even if the team’s perimeter defenders weren’t the best.

The biggest improvement for Edwards has been on the offensive end. From finishing inside to serving as a capable rim-runner, he took on a sizeable role last season on that end.

In 2022, Edwards averaged 12.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 2.8 blocks per game. Compared to his season in 2021, he statistically improved his scoring by over ten points, his rebounds by almost four, and his blocks by over two.


Prep Hoops

Syracuse Basketball: 4-star cites family’s closeness with Derrick Coleman (itlh; Adler)

In a recent interview with a recruiting service, 2025 prolific-scoring guard Jerry Easter II from Ohio discussed some of his suitors, including Syracuse basketball.

This past July, the Orange coaching staff doled out its first scholarship offer to a high-school prospect in the 2025 cycle, with that offer going to the 6-foot-4 Easter, a consensus four-star player who was an All-American in his freshman campaign.

Listed as either a point guard or a shooting guard by recruiting Web sites, Easter is a sophomore at the Emmanuel Christian School in Toledo, Ohio.

Easter recently competed at a USA Basketball junior national team minicamp in Colorado Springs, Colo., where he caught the attention of national recruiting analysts and top scouts, such as 247Sports director of scouting Adam Finkelstein.

Syracuse basketball has gotten involved early on with 2025 four-star guard Jerry Easter II.

Rated in the top 50 nationally in his class by numerous recruiting Web sites, Easter already has an impressive offer sheet that includes Louisville, Memphis, Michigan State, Ohio State, Mississippi State, Mike Hopkins-led Washington, UCLA, Cincinnati, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Arizona State, Missouri, New Mexico State, Bowling Green, Morgan State, Northern Illinois, Oakland, Toledo and Cleveland State.

Easter, who recently took an unofficial visit to Ohio State, said of the Orange in a recent interview with 247Sports national analyst Brandon Jenkins, “Derrick Coleman played there. I know him personally. He is close with the family. I feel comfortable going there because I know him and they have a good school.”

Obviously, Derrick Coleman needs no introduction. He is a Syracuse basketball legend. Hopefully, Coleman is talking up the ‘Cuse to Easter!

Finkelstein had this to say in part about the Syracuse basketball recruiting target. “Easter is a big guard with a strong body and good athleticism. He impressed on (a recent) Saturday with his ability to get downhill and make attacking plays, all while exhibiting a solid feel for the game. He showed an advanced understanding of how to play pick-and-roll at his age, was able to create pace going north-to-south in the open floor, used his body effectively, and was a reliable decision-maker.”

Besides Easter, Syracuse basketball coaches have offered two other 2025 prospects, and they are four-star guard/wing Efeosa Oliogu from the United Scholastic Academy in Toronto as well as four-star combo guard Darius Adams out of the Manasquan High School in Manasquan, N.J.


Syracuse basketball expected to make cut when City Rocks wing trims list (itlh; Adler)

Syracuse basketball coaches continue to prioritize several recruits in the 2024 cycle, including Rochester, N.Y., native Damarius Owens, who is a fast-rising three-star wing in the junior class.

The 6-foot-7 Owens, who has seen his 2024 national rankings climb while his offer sheet keeps on growing, took an official visit to the Hill in mid-October. Per media reports, Owens’ trip to the ‘Cuse went quite well.

However, Owens has said that he is exploring other college teams and plans to make other official visits.

According to a recent article from SyracuseOnSI publisher Mike McAllister, Owens “hopes to be able to decide around this time next year.”

Syracuse basketball is prioritizing 2024 three-star wing Damarius Owens.

Previously, Owens competed for the Aquinas Institute in Rochester, but these days he is a junior for the Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Ohio.

In grassroots basketball, Owens suits up for the Albany City Rocks in Nike’s EYBL league, which is an AAU program that Orange coaches know extremely well.

This past April, Syracuse basketball offered a scholarship to Owens. One of his more recent offers is from Big East Conference member Xavier.

His offer sheet also includes Alabama, Virginia Tech, Dayton, Marquette, St. Bonaventure, Creighton, Iona, Cincinnati, UMass, UMBC and Siena.

When I penned this column, multiple recruiting services rated Owens as a three-star player in 2024, although I’ve come across numerous reports and observations on social media from experts that suggest Owens can continue to climb up the national rankings in his class.

Keeping Up With The 315 11-9 (ESPN; radio; Higgins)

Brian Higgins opens the show diving into Syracuse basketball’s guard rotation. Also on the show, how did the Syracuse football schedule impact their record, what is happening to Josh Allen and the Two-Minute Drill with Ja’Had Carter.

Mike McAllister "On The Block" 11-9 (ESPN; radio; Axe)’s Mike McAllister joins Brent Axe to settle an NFL MVP debate and give an update on Syracuse men’s basketball’s controversial recruiting plan for men’s basketball.

Syracuse basketball teams start off seasons strong (; Sherman)

Syracuse men’s and women’s basketball kicked off their seasons on the right note Monday at the JMA Wireless Dome. Felisha Legette-Jack’s tenure as the women’s head coach could not have started off better, defeating Stony Brook 79-56.

It was a collective effort for the women’s win. Four of five starters scored in double digits, which outscored the entire Seawolves team. Graduate student Dariauna Lewis had an especially impressive game, totaling 15 points and 16 rebounds.

Orange women’s basketball will look to pick up another win on Thursday when they face fellow upstate New York university Colgate at 7 p.m.

Men’s basketball also started off their regular season right, defeating Lehigh 90-72. It was head coach Jim Boeheim’s 1100th career win as the Orange head coach.

Senior guard Joseph Girard III had a strong outing, making four of his six three-point attempts and scoring 19 points. Senior center Jesse Edwards also contributed in big time fashion, scoring efficiently and rebounding like he was last year before his wrist injury.
Men’s basketball will look to paste another victory to their total next Tuesday against Colgate at 7 p.m.

“Where you lead, I will follow.”
Recap win #1 of the FLJ Era.
— ‘Cuse Hoops (@CuseWBB) November 8, 2022



Veteran Jack Pullano attends a chemistry class at the National Veterans Resource Center at Syracuse University. (Courtesy of Syracuse University) Syracuse University

Veterans Day 2022: Why Micron is looking to Syracuse University to help hire vets at Clay plant (PS; $; Moriarty)

Before Lt. Col. Bryan Kilbride retired from the Army this summer after a 23-year military career that included four combat tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, he looked for a way to improve his chances of landing a job in private industry.

Colleagues at Fort Drum near Watertown advised him to take advantage of free training offered by Syracuse University’s D’Aniello Institute for Veterans and Military Families. So he took a course at the institute that earned him professional certification in project management.

A week after adding the certification to his resume, Kilbride’s LinkedIn account lit up with companies inviting him to apply for jobs with them, he said. A week later, he accepted a position as project manager at New York Air Brake, a manufacturer of air brake and train control systems for the railroad industry, in Watertown. He started in August.

“I’m in charge of leading engineers for the development of new products for the rail industry,” said Kilbride, 46. “It’s a pretty good fit for me. It’s results-oriented.”

SU’s veterans institute is one of the reasons Micron Technology Inc. chose Central New York last month as the site of a $100 billion semiconductor plant, the largest in U.S. history, that it will build over the next 20 years.

The plant, which will be built in stages over 20 years, will directly employ up to 9,000 people, with average salaries of more than $100,000, according to Micron.

The company has pledged to hire 1,500 veterans to work at the new plant in Clay. That would be 17% of the workforce. And it’s looking to the university’s veterans institute to help the company meet that pledge.

“Veterans really bring tremendous expertise, a mindset of discipline and, of course, great character, great team building capabilities,” Micron Technology CEO Sanjay Mehrotra said. “This really has been a great part of our workforce, and we plan to leverage that here, leverage Syracuse University’s veterans institute here to really train the workforce of the future.”

Micron, based in Boise, Idaho, has a history of hiring veterans. According to the company, 6.9% of its nearly 11,000 U.S. employees in 2021 were veterans, up from 5.9% in 2020 and 4.7% in 2019.

Micron’s headquarters and research and development center in Boise, Idaho, are just 40 miles from Mountain Home Air Force Base, and its manufacturing plant in Manassas, Virginia, is near several military facilities.

Mehrotra said the company has found that veterans are a good fit for the semiconductor industry, which uses highly advanced manufacturing processes.

“They have operated machinery, they have operated technology, they have operated with discipline in terms of execution,” he said. “And they are, of course, very focused and driven team members as well. Our experience has been really good with veterans.”

SU’s institute oversees workforce training for up to 26,000 veterans a year in Syracuse and at 68 military installations in the U.S. and at eight American military bases overseas.

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