Syracuse basketball does not recruit the Midwest often, but made an exception with Matthew Moyer. His abilities and rise through the basketball recruiting community were well documented with recent offers from Ohio State and Florida among others.
Syracuse had Moyer on their radar before his attendance at the Elite Camp on Wednesday, but saw everything they needed to extend the offer. The Orange traditionally are one of the best in the nation at recruiting in the northeast as is evidenced by their 2015 haul.
Syracuse has players from New Jersey, Virginia and New York in that cycle. But the ability to land a player from Ohio who has an Ohio State offer further exemplifies that the Orange are a national brand and can recruit players from anywhere across the country.
Don’t expect Syracuse to routinely venture into the Midwest, as the northeast will still be the primary recruiting area. But when they find a player they really like that fits their system, they can be a force anywhere.
Syracuse is looking for frontcourt depth over the next two classes with the guaranteed departure of DaJuan Coleman and Rakeem Christmas along with others (Chris McCullough as an example) as candidates to leave early.
Landing a rising 2016 forward early gives the Orange a talented player with the length to fit their system perfectly. It further shows how Syracuse gets a head start on seemingly each and every recruiting cycle, establishing themselves as a national power both in recruiting and on the court.
Moyer joins a frontcourt haul in 2015 of Tyler Lydon and Moustapha Diagne. Moyer’s skill set suggests the ability to play the three or the four in Syracuse’s system, where there really is not a huge difference especially on the defensive end of the court.
Looking down the road, Syracuse could still have room for another forward in 2016, but may focus on the center position for frontcourt depth. Sedee Keita should still be in the mix as someone who can play center and already holds an Orange offer.
Syracuse still has work to do in the 2015 class. Thomas Bryant is a huge priority and the Orange will continue to recruit him very hard. Syracuse is considered a favorite, but Missouri may be the biggest threat with their recent hire of his former Huntington Prep head coach.
Their ability to already have four players committed for 2015 allows them to focus on Bryant for that cycle and push forward into 2016 as they have done with Moyer. Five-star forward Harry Giles is a big target as well. Moyer’s commitment may cloud Syracuse’s pursuit of Giles, but his talent may be too much to pass up.
In the backcourt, Tyus Battle is a top target but his stock has risen to the point where he has nearly every elite program in hot pursuit. Syracuse could look towards Jamal Murray, a rising Canadian point guard, if they feel Battle is out of reach.
Four-star point guard Howard Washington is also on the radar and is from nearby Buffalo. Syracuse could make a move on him as well.
Syracuse basketball recruiting just keeps on humming. One of the fastest rising prospects in 2016 was Moyer. The Orange offered and made a move quickly to land him before the 2015 cycle is complete. Early commitments are becoming the norm for Syracuse and Moyer is the latest example. Another strong get for one of the best recruiting programs in college basketball.