Kaleb Joseph rolled his eyes when a teammate popped for an open 3-pointer instead of slipping toward the basket, then pointed to where he should have gone. Minutes later, Joseph took the ball on the wing, beat his defender with ease and sent his opponents scattering as he glided to the rim for a dunk.

By the time he was done, Joseph's team won just one of three intra-squad pick-up games, and the point guard was steamed.

"I don't want to play pick-up no more," he said to a teammate. "Nobody plays hard. There's no defense."

In the span of 60 minutes, Joseph displayed the reason he could struggle initially as a true freshman point guard at Syracuse, flashed the reason most expect him to ultimately succeed, and showcased why all the comparisons he'll undoubtedly hear this season are as inaccurate as they are inevitable.

"I don't compare him to Tyler (Ennis)," Syracuse assistant coach Mike Hopkins said. "I compare him to Jonny Flynn and Jason Hart. Tyler Ennis was old school. Those other guys are new school point guards. Tyler valued the ball like it was a piece of gold. He was like a coach on the floor in that he wasn't high risk. Those other guys, they're great athletes. Instead of hitting singles, it's grand slams."

With a quick first step and long arms and legs, Hopkins considers Joseph to be as good an athlete as any point guard in the 2014 recruiting class.

But along with swinging for the fences comes the occasional strikeout. Joseph projects to turn up the pace of SU's offense but also turn the ball over more frequently, according to ESPN national recruiting director Paul Biancardi, a former college head coach and assistant.