The Harrison twins made their commitment to Kentucky last night, and that could be beneficial to Syracuse. As the Orange look forward to a big week ahead, CuseNation.com evaluates where the 2013 and 2014 classes currently stand.
Tyler Roberson, a 2013 4-star wing, is taking an official visit to Syracuse today. He will be touring the campus, spending time with coaches and players, and attending the football game against Pittsburgh. Roberson is one of the top targets for the Syracuse staff right now. They will be pushing hard for a commitment, but it is not likely to come right away. He also has a visit scheduled with Kansas, and took one last week to SMU.
The good news for Syracuse is the commitment of the Harrison twins to Kentucky. Both are wings, and that means Kentucky cannot take on more than one more of the wings they are recruiting for 2013. That includes Roberson, Wayne Selden, James Young, and others. It could have an impact on Jermaine Lawrence, but he could play power forward at the college level. Those elite prospects are not likely to commit to a school knowing they will start out on the bench.
Expect Syracuse to use that knowledge in recruiting. They will push hard for Roberson, Selden, and Young. The likely scenario is they grab one of either Roberson, Young, or Lawrence, and then look towards adding another backcourt player, such as Selden or Rysheed Jordan. A center could be added as well, with the likely candidates being BeeJay Anya and Chinonso Obokoh.
Fast forward one week, and Syracuse's midnight madness will be critical for recruiting as well. Several big time prospects will be in attendance, along with commit Tyler Ennis. Ennis has been recruiting players for Syracuse as well. Having them all together will only help him continue those efforts.
Jordan and Obokoh will both be in attendance for midnight madness. Obokoh has been to the campus dozens of times, but this will likely be the last visit before his decision. Jordan is taking an official visit, and is a 4-star guard that can play both backcourt positions. Joining Jordan and Obokoh is another 2013 prospect, B.J. Johnson. Johnson is a wing out of Philadelphia that is very interested in Syracuse.
A 3-star prospect, Johnson does not currently hold a Syracuse offer, but could commit almost instantly if he receives one. He is likely a backup plan at this point, but he has the skill set to be successful in the Orange system.
The class of 2014 will also be well represented at midnight madness. 5-star guard Isaiah Whitehead, who has had Syracuse as his leader for a while, is attending for the second consecutive year. He originally planned on attending Kentucky's midnight madness, but spurned the Wildcats for the Orange.
Fellow 2014 5-star prospect, forward Chris McCullough, will also be attending. While McCullough is very hard to read as far as where things stand, Syracuse should be in the mix until the end. They have been among those recruiting him the hardest and the longest. The Syracuse staff has identified McCullough as their top prospect in 2014. They have visited him at Brewster Academy twice recently, and continue to stay in constant communication.
It is no surprise to see Syracuse involved with elite prospects. This next week could be critical if the Orange hope to land them.