Despite losing three starters from last season's 30-win team, there is some thought that Syracuse won't miss a beat heading into the 2013-14 campaign.
Those prospects got even better on Thursday, when freshman forward Tyler Roberson was cleared to play this season.
Roberson was waiting for the NCAA to clear his high school transcript, and he took summer classes at Roselle Catholic (N.J.) to improve his chances. Sources confirmed that Robertson is good to go and will take classes today.
Roberson, a versatile 6-foot-8 forward, should make an immediate impact on the defensive end of the floor. He's very long and has the ability to cut down passing lanes and contest perimeter shots from the back corners of the Orange's 2-3 zone. Offensively, he can score in different ways, and has the potential to create matchup problems.
Head coach Jim Boeheim will be able to ease him into the rotation, as Syracuse returns a loaded frontcourt. C.J. Fair leads the way, but Jerami Grant is also back at the forward position. Rakeem Christmas, DaJuan Coleman and Baye Keita are options in the post. The key for the Orange will be in the backcourt, where freshman Tyler Ennis will have to replace Michael Carter-Williams at the point guard spot.
The news was first reported by Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports Network.