Jefferson to Zona: Who's Next for 'Cuse?

With Rondae Jefferson out of the mix for Syracuse's 2013 class, The Orange staff must look to other prospects. The good news is that Syracuse is still involved with several elite prospects. takes a look at where things stand inside.

In recent years, few programs have had as much success recruiting as Syracuse. That trend has continued with their first commitment for 2013, 5-star point-guard Tyler Ennis. But as the Orange look to add more prospects to the 2013, one is off the board. Rondae Jefferson gave his verbal commitment to Arizona on Thursday during an in-home visit. However, several elite prospects still remain on Syracuse's radar.

Tyler Roberson - A 4-star versatile forward, the Syracuse staff have him very high on their board. He recently had an in-home visit from Jim Boeheim and Mike Hopkins, and already has an official visit scheduled. Currently, Roberson has Syracuse in his top-10 and is looking to trim his last to five by the end of the month. Considering an official visit is already scheduled, it is hard to imagine the Orange won't make that cut.

Jermaine Lawrence - Maybe the biggest beneficiary of the summer AAU season, Lawrence is a forward that can shoot, drive, and handle. His defense is underrated, and he can do everything on the court. Syracuse has been in on Lawrence for quite a while, but his absence from Syracuse's elite camp was strange. The staff could be moving towards Roberson as the wing of choice for the 2013 class. Make no mistake, however, Syracuse is still very interested. But with Lawrence not likely making a decision until the spring, Syracuse is focusing on other prospects right now. Even if Roberson commits before Lawrence, that does not mean Syracuse won't pursue Lawrence any further. It is possible they look at adding both given the number of scholarships available.

Wayne Selden - His recent reclassification into the 2013 class has ramped up Syracuse's efforts to land the athletic 5-star guard. He recently cut his list to a top six, and Syracuse made the cut. His relationship with friend Michael Carter-Williams gives Syracuse a little bit of an edge, but he is still wide open.

James Young - Young is listed as the second ranked small-forward in 2013. Kentucky is the favorite to land him, with Michigan State also involved. Syracuse has interest, but has scheduled an in-home visit while both the Wildcats and Spartans have in addition to Kansas. Kentucky met with Young on September 10th, Michigan State is scheduled for September 16th, Syracuse on September 17th, and Kansas on September 19th.

Brandon Austin - Originally a Penn State commit, Austin decommitted and reopened his recruitment. The Orange were in on Austin before his commitment, and remain interested. The 4-star forward from Philadelphia (PA) is still weighing his options, but Syracuse is very much involved. Don't be surprised if Austin pays a visit to the Carrier Dome at some point.

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