Return of the Earl.
For those just joining us in regards to preseason hoops content, we continue along with our individual player profiles, this time previewing Robert Braswell. Previous profiles include: Buddy Boeheim, Joe Girard, Jesse Edwards and Kadary Richmond.
Over the weekend it was announced that Syracuse Orange men’s basketball head coach Jim Boeheim would exit quarantine on Friday, Nov. 20. With that, the basketball team will open its season with Bryant this Friday.
Today we take a look at redshirt sophomore Robert Braswell, who missed part of last season with an injury to both legs. He described his affliction as similar to shin splints, only more painful.
Braswell was reported to have considered his transfer options in the offseason, but decided to return to Syracuse for his redshirt sophomore year. He put on 10 pounds in the offseason, which means he’s added 20 pounds of weight total since enrolling as a freshman. He’s shot the ball well in practices prior to the pause.
“We’ve got the opportunity to play eight or nine guys. Robert Braswell has played well,” Boeheim says.
Class: Redshirt Sophomore
Vitals: 6-foot-7, 206 lbs.
Background: Braswell came to Syracuse by way of Blythewood High School in South Carolina. He was born in Portsmouth, Va., but considers Jacksonville, Fla., his home. His mother was in the Navy which resulted in frequent moves. Braswell spent some of his early teenage years in Germany. He enrolled at Blythewood as a freshman, where he later earned state champion high jump honors twice, clearing 6-foot-10 as a senior.
2019-20 Stats: Appeared in seven games before ending the season with a medical redshirt. Went 4-6 from three and grabbed eight rebounds.
Strengths/Weaknesses: Braswell’s greatest attributes are his shooting touch and athleticism. He’s shot the ball well in limited game action. In his freshman season he showed an ability to jump passing lanes from the forward position to generate steals. He’ll need to get more physical and rebound in traffic to see the floor this season. He finds himself in a similar position in the front-court as last season with a bottleneck at his position. Braswell’s minutes could depend on how much time Marek Dolezaj plays at the center position.
Ceiling: Braswell provides depth at the forward spot and allows Boeheim to bring another shooter off the bench. He improves as a rebounder and his offense proves to be too valuable to have on the bench. He earns minutes as ninth man, similar to a sophomore James Southerland.
Floor: Boeheim extends his proclivity for a short bench, thus leaving Braswell as the odd man out. Still, he provides promising minutes in relief much similar to his freshman and sophomore years (prior to injury). Front-court departures open up time for Braswell in his redshirt junior year.