Syracuse 2015 Rankings Breakdown

Nobody gets a quicker start on their recruiting than the Syracuse Orange, and the class of 2015 is a prime example of that. Syracuse already has four commitments in the class, and now they are looking to fill things out with a few other highly touted prospects. Here is a look at how their commitments stack up in the most recent rankings.

The highest rated pledge for the Orange is Malachi Richardson who checks in at No 24. Richardson, who retained his five-star status, is one of the best shot makers in the class. He has legit size and a great frame at 6-foot-6, however for much of the spring he had been extremely inconsistent with his effort and production.

That caused a slight dip for Richardson in the rankings, however we felt he was still worthy of his five-star status. Given his unique talent level and shot making ability, Richardson has the potential to jump back up with an improved summer, but he will have to be more consistent with his approach and production to do that.

After Richardson, Syracuse has a trio of four-star commitments in Tyler Lydon, Franklin Howard, and Moustapha Diagne. Lydon and Diagne will play at the forward spots while Howard is a versatile guard who can play all over the perimeter.

Diagne is the highest rated of the trio at No 45. He isn't the most skilled kid down low, but Diagne is tough, rebounds, is a good athlete, and has decent touch. That all kept Diagne in the top 50, though his lack of a refined offensive game meant he had to be closer to the mid four-star level as opposed to knocking on the door of five-star status.

With Lydon and Howard, both have been solid, but not great this spring. Howard is coming off of injury and has looked a little bit better of late, but still he isn't one of the elite prospects, though when he gets 100 percent healthy and back is comfortable his No. 71 ranking could be approaching top 50 status.

Lydon is someone who had a bit of a buzz about him coming into the spring as a potential five-star type of talent, but to this point he hasn't shown that ability and checks in at No. 74. He is a skilled forward, but is not great as an athlete and could stand to be a bit better rebounder for his size. Still Lydon has the ability to stretch a defense while also attacking off the dribble when being guarded by bigger players.

With four commitments clearly there isn't a ton left for Syracuse to go after, but the big name still out there they are mostly closely tied to is Thomas Bryant. Bryant is now No. 23 in the rankings. He didn't play much this spring, but Bryant still has the length, athleticism, and strong frame to be an impact guy. If and when he returns this spring it will be interesting to see how Bryant progresses.

Along with Bryant, two other perimeter players are on the radar to some extent. Guard Isaiah Briscoe rose from No. 26 to No. 16 overall and was bumped up to five-star status. Briscoe had a tremendous spring showing some ability to play point guard as well as being more efficient as a scorer. On top of that Briscoe also is in the best shape of his life.

The other prospect is Derrick Jones. Jones dropped from five-star to four-star and is now No. 42 overall. Still an elite athlete, Jones isn't consistent enough with his production to remain at that five-star level, though he has unique upside with his length, athleticism, and versatility.

Overall Syracuse has a tremendous class already with a five-star and three four-star prospects, now if they can close it out strong adding one or two more huge pieces they will be in the running for the top class, or at worst a top five class, on signing day in November.


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