Top recruits are not anything new to Syracuse basketball. The Orange have had a recruiting renaissance in recent years. The 2013 class is no exception, already gaining a commitment from 5-star point-guard Tyler Ennis. But Syracuse is not done there, as they look towards adding to the 2013 class and start the 2014 class. Prospects from both classes will be on campus for their Elite Camp.
2013 point-guard and Syracuse commit Tyler Ennis will take his first visit to The Hill since his commitment. This is a great opportunity for the Orange to seal the deal, as a prospect's recruitment is never really over until they sign. However, Ennis is about as solid to Syracuse as it gets. It never hurts to continue that recruitment. Ennis will also be able to recruit the other elite prospects in order to get them to join him at Syracuse.
Originally, Ennis' high school teammate, Isaiah Briscoe, was supposed to join him. However, the 4-star 2015 point-guard will not be attending with what appears to be an injury.
2013 point-guard Dayshon Smith was also supposed to be in attendance. Smith has impressed during the summer AAU season. Every time he takes the floor against elite talent, he performs well. Despite only being a 3-star prospect, he seems to have high upside with his quick first step and solid outside shooting. However, he spoke with our Brian Snow recently and said he is visiting Providence on the 28th. I spoke briefly with Smith today who said he will still be attending. The plan is for him to arrive in Syracuse the night of the 28th, stay overnight, and finish the visit on the 29th.
Isaiah Whitehead, a 2014 4-star guard, will be attending the camp as well. Whitehead has listed Syracuse as his favorite for quite a while. Kentucky is also pursuing the talented Brooklyn native, which is always a concern for other programs. Still, the Orange are in good standing with Whitehead, and a good visit could help solidify their standing.
2014 5-star power-forward Chris McCullough will also be visiting Syracuse. McCullough said, however, he is not near a commitment to any school, so committing during the visit is unlikely. He expects to stay overnight, though that is not definite. The 6-foot-9 prospect has been high on Syracuse's radar for some time. The Orange will look to make a big impression on the talented Salisbury (CT) product. Expect Ennis to recruit both McCullough and Whitehead during the camp.
McCullough's AAU teammate, Thomas Bryant will also be attending. I spoke briefly with Terrance "Munch" Williams, Bryant's AAU coach, who confirmed he will be there. Bryant is the top rated power-forward in 2015, and goes to high school in Rochester (NY). Syracuse has been on him early, and figures to be involved in his recruitment until the end.
Bryant's high school teammate, Chinonso Obokoh will also be at Syracuse for the elite camp. However, he will not be playing at all due to injury. Obokoh is a center in the 2013 class.
Is 2013 5-star forward Jermaine Lawrence attending?. Originally, he was not believed to be among the visitors at the camp. However, I spoke with Isaiah Whitehead who said Lawrence will be there. However, Lawrence's high school coach, Jason Hasson, said he will not be attending. The versatile forward is the top target for Syracuse in the 2013 class with Ennis committing earlier this month.
Jared Nickens, a wing who recently reclassified from 2013 to 2014, is also attending the camp. He is staying overnight and leaving for home on the 29th.
It is also possible to have a couple surprise attendees at Syracuse's elite camp. CuseNation.com will continue to have full coverage of this event.