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Jim Boeheim | Elijah Hughes as talented an offensive player as we’ve had in a long time

Jon Rothstein

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Mar 18, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; Syracuse Orange head coach Jim Boeheim reacts to a play in the second half against the Michigan State Spartans in the second round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
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Tyus Battle’s decision to return to school significantly altered Syracuse’s ceiling for the 18-19 college basketball season.

The Orange return five starters from last year’s team that reached the Sweet 16, but there’s another player — East Carolina transfer Elijah Hughes — that has Jim Boeheim particularly excited.

“He’s as talented an offensive player as we’ve had in a long time,” Boeheim said Monday on the College Hoops Today Podcast in reference to Hughes, a 6-6 wing who averaged 7.8 points two years ago at East Carolina. “We’re going to be a significantly better offensive team next season.”

The Orange are currently ranked 16th in the FRS Sports Preseason Top 25.

Jon Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and is the lead college basketball columnist for the FRS Sports Network. He is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks, which is available via iTunes. Rothstein is also a regular in-studio correspondent for both WFAN and CBS Sports Radio. He currently lives in Manhattan.

Jon Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and is the lead college basketball columnist for the FanRag Sports Network. He is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks, which is available via ITunes. Rothstein is also a regular in-studio correspondent for both WFAN and CBS Sports Radio. He currently lives in Manhattan.

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