NBA talent evaluators can envision two scenarios playing out for Syracuse Orange point guard Michael Carter-Williams in the years ahead.

At almost 6 feet 6 in sneakers, they visualize him towering over opposing point guards. He can use his unhindered view of the court to hurl pinpoint passes to teammates for easy baskets. Perhaps one day he will rank near the top in assists, just like he did at Syracuse.

But the scouts also can foresee another chain of events occurring. They worry that Carter-Williams' outside shot will continue to lag behind the rest of his game. In that scenario, they can imagine opposing defenses daring Carter-Williams to shoot from 3-point range and Carter-Williams launching shots that clang off the rim.

Which scenario is more likely? The answer could determine Carter-Williams' position in the upcoming NBA Draft.

"He really has an unbelievable upside," Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said.

"He's really a better shooter than people give him credit for. His release is pretty good; he works hard at it. If he was a really good shooter, he'd be a top-two or top-three pick. I think he could be a really good shooter. He's not there yet, but I think he will be."

Carter-Williams' sophomore season in 2012-13, his first year at Syracuse with regular playing time, offered more positives than negatives.

He averaged 7.3 assists per game and led the Orange to the Final Four.

But he also made just 29.2 percent of his 3-point tries and only 69.4 percent of his free-throw attempts.

As a kid, he patterned himself after Jason Kidd, a 6-foot-4 point guard whose primary weakness early in his career was outside shooting.

"I want to go to the NBA and be an All-Star, to be honest with you," Carter-Williams said. "I've always dreamed big, and I've accomplished a lot of my dreams."

Those dreams hit a roadblock last December, when Carter-Williams appeared to be involved in a shoplifting incident at a department store at a Syracuse mall.

He was never charged with a crime, and he reportedly paid a fine to settle the matter.

Michael Hart, who coached him at St. Andrew's School in Barrington, R.I., describes Carter-Williams as a fierce competitor, a superb player and a student who participated in lots of extracurriculars.

Carter-Williams appeared in a school play of "Aladdin," sang in the chorus and involved himself in community-service projects.

Scouts and executives from NBA teams have called Hart asking about Carter-Williams, and perhaps no issue comes up more often than Carter-Williams' occasionally poor body language when things go wrong during games.