Sophomore point guard Michael Carter-Williams has been brilliant in the early weeks of the season for the Syracuse Orange. Syracuse lost three players to last year’s NBA draft including their four-year point guard Scoop Jardine. While they had some great players leave, the Orange have a great player emerging in Carter-Williams.
Carter-Williams leads the nation in assists, averaging 10.4 per game. Last year as a freshman he only saw 10 mpg and averaged 2.7 points and 2.1 assists. Michael has taken over the point guard position and has become the catalyst. This season Carter-Williams is opening a lot of eyes with an outstanding stat sheet, (12.4 ppg, 5.6 rpg) in addition to his assists. Michael is assisting on 50.2 percent of Syracuse’s baskets this season, which ranks him 4th in the nation. He is also doing work on the defensive end. He is 4th in the nation in steals with 3.8 per game.
This past week Syracuse continued its dominant non-conference winning streak, now at 48, by beating Long Beach State and Monmouth. Carter-Williams tallied his 4rd straight double-double with his 15 points and 16 assists against Monmouth. During that four game stretch he is averaging 14.5 ppg and 11.5 apg.
The Syracuse Orange are off to a brilliant start this year and are undefeated at 8-0. A lot of credit to that start falls on Carter-Williams who has played so unselfish and has this team playing together. At 6’6 he is not your average point guard. He has great court vision and can see over the defense because of his height. In transition he is always looking for the open man and finding the best opportunity for his team to get a basket. As many great point guards do, he thinks “two steps ahead” of the game and it seems like he’s always creating a good scoring opportunity for his teammates.
The #4-ranked Orange next game is next Saturday against a much improved Canisius squad.
John Cavaliere is a Big East Correspondent and Scout for NetScouts Basketball.