Michael Carter-Williams’ career at Syracuse is over as he has informed the university that he will be entering this summer’s NBA draft.
He had a terrific sophomore season after he was predominantly relegated to the bench last year while Scoop Jardine was the team’s primary point guard. And with Brandon Triche and Dion Waiters providing all that the Orange needed at guard, MCW found it difficult to obtain playing time.
That time watching from the sideline proved to be very beneficial to his development for when Boeheim gave him the keys to the offense this year.
His ball-handling skills, vision of the court and ability to slash to the basket made him one of the best point guards in the country. And standing at 6-foot-6, he was a significant match-up problem for opposing guards.
His length and speed also makes him an excellent defender. Occupying the top of the 2-3 zone, he could cut off passing lanes and contest shots with great effectiveness.
Projected to be a lottery pick, it’s easy to see why NBA scouts are very high on him. The ball-handling skills with his size are a combination that is much desired in the pros. However, he has to greatly improve his jump shot and decision making, and he’d also benefit from packing on a few more pounds (which will come with time).
He has some serious potential, and I actually believe he will have a successful career in the NBA. He’s probably not the next Chris Paul, but his size and ball-handling ability will get him on a roster. But he must continue to improve. Potential is meaningless if you don’t act on it.
Unfortunately, Carter-Williams’ college career did not end how he wanted, with him sitting on the bench after fouling out, and having to watch Trevor Cooney be the team’s primary ball-handler in the biggest moment of the season.
Understandably, Syracuse fans will be disappointed to see him leave after really only one year of service, but could you blame him? All these guys do the same thing and there’s nothing wrong with starting your career as early as possible. But at least the one season he gave the Orange was a good one.