Syracuse basketball almost recruits itself. However, that doesn't stop the staff from working tirelessly to bring in some of the best talent in the country. While they continue to work on the 2013 class, some of the top prospects in 2014 are also considering Syracuse as an option. CuseNation.com takes a look at which players the Orange are recruiting, and the chances they have in landing these talented prospects.
Andrew Wiggins 6-foot-8, 195 lbs SF - No. 1 Overall
Far and away the best player in the 2014 class, Wiggins is an athletic freak. His length, quickness, strength, and scoring ability make him stand out even among the elite. Syracuse is one of several schools in the mix for the talented junior. Other schools include Duke, Florida State, Kentucky, North Carolina State, and West Virginia. While Syracuse will continue to go after Wiggins and be in the mix, Florida State and Kentucky should be considered the favorites. He is on record as saying those schools have recruited him the hardest thus far. Wiggins family also have ties to Florida State, making them a natural fit. He currently does not have any visits scheduled or a time frame for his decision.
Noah Vonleh 6-foot-8, 210 lbs PF - No. 5 Overall
The top rated power forward in the 2014 class, Vonleh is a long, lean forward that looks to be in the mold of a typical Syracuse forward. There is nothing Vonleh can't do on the court. He can score from anywhere, defend, rebound, and run the floor. As with most high school prospects, improving his strength will be a key for his development. In a recent performance at the Adidas Nations event, the 6-foot-8 prospect scored 25 points and grabbed 16 rebounds. Syracuse lost contact with Vonleh over the summer, but has recently shown him some love. They've been in contact with him on a few occasions to let him know they are still interested. Vonleh insists he is still wide open, and will look to take visits before making a decision. Providence and North Carolina have been recruiting Vonleh hard, and will be the likely competition for Syracuse.
Dakari Johnson 6-foot-10, 240 lbs C - No. 7 Overall
Johnson is a true center who is a physical specimen. At 6-foot-10, 240 pounds, Johnson is strong and can finish around the basket. He is an elite rebounder, maybe the best in the class. Syracuse has been showing strong interest in Johnson for some time. However, the Montverde (FL) product has said several schools (Arizona, Georgetown, Florida, Kentucky, Kansas, and Ohio State among them) have been recruiting him hard. The Syracuse staff will likely look to add a big that can contribute right away in this class, and Johnson will be the primary target. Being close to home, Florida should be considered a favorite. Anytime Kentucky is involved, they are a threat as well. But Syracuse is in good standing with Johnson and will continue to recruit him hard.
Chris McCullough 6-foot-9, 205 lbs PF - No. 11 Overall
One of the top prospects in the northeast, and 11th overall in Scout's top 75, McCullough continues to impress every time he takes the floor. He has an underrated jumper, is physical inside despite his slender frame, and can jump out of the gym. Syracuse was one of the first schools to recruit McCullough hard, and continue to do so. He recently took a visit to Seton Hall, and said he enjoyed the visit. While he says he is still wide open, the Orange should be considered among the favorites to land the 6-foot-9 prospect. He has a good relationship with the Syracuse staff, and hears from them on a regular basis. He will be attending Syracuse's elite camp towards the end of August.
Rashad Vaughn 6-foot-5, 195 lbs SG - No. 16 Overall
A newly crowned 5-star prospect, Vaughn is now the 2nd best shooting-guard prospect in the 2014 class, and can shoot from anywhere. He has one of the best pure shooting strokes in his class, and is underrated attacking the rim. At 6-foot-5, he has great size for a guard. Syracuse has had their eye on Vaughn for some time, and recently offered the talented New Hope (MN) product. He now holds an official offer from the Orange and several others. While no one currently stands out, several schools continue to recruit him hard. Syracuse should be in it until the end, but schools like Minnesota, Baylor, Texas, and others will be major players as well.
Stanley Johnson 6-foot-5, 190 lbs SF - No. 28 Overall
Johnson does not currently hold a Syracuse offer, but has received interest. The 7th small-forward in his class is receiving a lot interest from PAC-12 schools such as Arizona, USC, UCLA, and others. While Syracuse will continue to stay in touch with Johnson, odds are he will stay on the west coast.
Isaiah Whitehead 6-foot-4, 195 lbs SG - No. 42 Overall
Still a 4-star prospect and the 7th best shooting-guard in the 2014 class, Whitehead has listed Syracuse as his leader for a while. Kentucky has also expressed a lot of interest in the Brooklyn (NY) native. Recently, he took a visit across the country to UCLA and now lists them among his favorites. Syracuse should be in good standing with Whitehead, but whenever Kentucky looms there will be a fierce battle. Whitehead's scoring ability and shooting stroke is something the Orange staff really likes. His recruitment will likely drag out until after next season, with Syracuse being in it all the way.
JaQuan Newton 6-foot-1, 165 lbs SG - No. 44 Overall
Newton currently holds a Syracuse offer, among others. He struggled at times during the EYBL this summer, but is still receiving plenty of interest. Syracuse's communication with Newton has cooled in recent months, but they are still players in his recruitment. From the same high school as former Syracuse stars Scoop Jardine and Rick Jackson, the Orange will continue to monitor Newton's progress and be among several northeast schools in the mix for his services.
For a look at the entire top 75 for 2014, click HERE