Recruiting plan has been huge for Cuse

Despite not being in an area known for big time talent, Syracuse has a defined recruiting plan and it is working to perfection.

Make no mistake about it, Syracuse has a lot to sell on the recruiting trail. Jim Boeheim is a Hall of Fame coach with a national championship ring, they have produced pros, the Orange annually lead the country in attendance, and are a member of the ACC. However maybe the best thing Syracuse does recruiting wise is have a plan and stick to it.

Upstate New York isn't exactly a hot bed for high school basketball talent. Sure in recent years players such as DaJuan Coleman, Talor Battle, Jimmer Fredette, and Mark Lyons came from the area, but in general it isn't loaded with talent like many other areas of the country. With that Syracuse knows it needs a defined recruiting plan, and right now Boeheim and his staff are executing that plan to perfection.

Basically Syracuse doesn't mess around with recruiting nationally, they stick to a few areas. They put all their time and resources into recruiting the Baltimore/Washington DC area, Philadelphia, Toronto, New York/New Jersey, and New England. All of those areas in their footprint in terms of population and also where their conference is visible.

On the Orange roster only Baye Moussa Keita and Ron Patterson don't come from one of those prime recruiting areas, and both have a logical explanation. Patterson, and Indianapolis native, went to prep school at Wolfeboro (NH) Brewster Academy and Keita, who is from Senegal, went to Oak Hill Academy where several former Orange players attended school.

With the success that Syracuse has had in recent years, it is clear how the strategy has paid off. Since Syracuse has been so good off the floor, and so focused in on who to recruit, they have built very strong relationships with the high school and AAU coaches in the areas that they do focus on.

For instance look at Philadelphia, the Orange landed Scoop Jardine years ago, and that has helped them ever since. Players such as current freshman B.J. Johnson dreamed of going to Syracuse, and then other players from the same AAU organization such as Dion Waiters, Trevor Cooney and Rakeem Christmas also saw the success that a kid from their area had in the program and followed suit joining after Jardine.

Now the most recent player from Team Final, Malachi Richardson, made his commitment, and the Orange again pulled in a top target from the area, and have basically landed a lot of their priority recruits.

Another thing that Syracuse has been able to do is mine the very productive New England prep schools. As noted Patterson went to Brewster as did Baltimore native C.J. Fair, and also already committed in 2014 the Orange have a Boston native in Kaleb Joseph, and then in 2015 Tyler Lydon is also a verbal pledge.

Very few schools seem to have a more narrow focus and have as much success with it as Syracuse does on the recruiting trail. By doing it the way they have, the Orange have built up one of the strongest brands in their area, and they have become a destination school for kids ranging from the mid-Atlantic to New England.

Syracuse is proving you can clearly focus your recruiting and be successful, and Boeheim and the staff now have it rolling in upstate New York.

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