Marek Dolezaj’s Size and Skill Will Make Syracuse Basketball Great Again

The Syracuse basketball team added some length to their 2017 lineup with the addition of Marek Dolezaj. What else can he do? We discuss.

Don’t be surprised when Slovakia’s Marek Dolezaj, the newest member of the Syracuse basketball squad, dominates opponents. He has a unique ability to drive to the basket, convert on his mid-range jump shots, and hit three-pointers at a freakishly high level.

Dolezaj’s height and athleticism should allow him to make a seamless transition into coach Jim Boeheim’s legendary 2-3 zone, and eliminate all of Syracuse’s rebounding woes that never seemed to get fixed during the forgetful 2016-17 season.

Next season…

Next season, Syracuse is bringing in 6-11 Center Bourama Sidibe and 6-6 Forward O’Shae Brissett to accompany returning big men Taurean Thompson and Paschal Chukwu. With plenty of

size already guaranteed for the 2017-18 Syracuse roster, Syracuse was able to add another piece to the puzzle this week. Although this team should begin winning the hard rebounding matchups next season, especially in ACC play.

In an interview with scout.com‘s national recruiting expert Evan Daniels, Dolezaj expressed that he is very flexible, and can play both Shooting Guard and Small Forward. This helps two-fold, in the 2-3 zone and gives the Orange an opportunity to have one of the NCAA’s taller lineups next season. While last season the Orange lost the rebounding battle seemingly nightly.

The addition of Marek Dolezaj should lead the Orange to once again dominate on the defensive end. When Boeheim’s 2-3 zone is working, Syracuse plays with far more confidence. It promotes confidence and provides themselves opportunities to blow out their opposition on a nightly basis.

Going into last season, Syracuse appeared to have one of the deeper teams in college basketball. Especially when it comes to skill, but ended up having a ton of their players disappoint or get injured.

Next year, Syracuse has a ton of recruits that have both size and skill. Its rare that the combination of those two attributes fail under coach Boeheim. Marek Dolezaj’s rebounding ability, and scoring touch should help Syracuse win more. The Orange need to show opposing team’s that no deficit is too large to overcome again this season.