Midnight madness signals the start of a new basketball season. However, such events have turned into a major recruiting tool as well. Syracuse's midnight madness is no exception. The Orange will have many elite prospects on campus as they celebrate the start of a new campaign.
Tyler Ennis: Already committed to the Orange, the 2013 5-star point guard's presence is very important. It has already been well documented that he is recruiting hard to bring in talent to play along side the talented floor general. With so many prospects in attendance, it gives Ennis a prime opportunity to influence some elite talent.
Noah Vonleh: Syracuse has been off and on with Vonleh. His reclassification to 2013 works in Syracuse's favor, however. With Kentucky, thought to be among the favorites for Vonleh, likely landing James Young as well as the Harrison Twins, their class is crowded. That doesn't include the possibility that Andrew Wiggins reclassifies to 2013. If that happens, Kentucky will go hard after Wiggins. That leaves Syracuse in prime position to go after Vonleh hard. Could the Orange go after Vonleh and Roberson? It is a possibility.
Rysheed Jordan: A 4-star guard in the 2013 class, Jordan is someone the Orange staff is very high on. He recently cut his list to six, and Syracuse made survived. He will be incorporating an official visit along with attending the event. Syracuse is in good shape here.
Chinonso Obokoh: The local Rochester (NY) product has visited the Syracuse campus countless times. He also recently trimmed his list to five, which included Syracuse. Given that he is planning on making a decision before his season starts, this visit is important. The Orange should remain the favorites, but Texas is coming at him very hard.
B.J. Johnson: Johnson is a 3-star wing out of Lower Merion High in the Philadelphia area. From the 2013 class, he appears to be a backup plan for the Orange. However, he remains high on Syracuse and would likely commit if an offer is extended. Look for Syracuse to start ramping up their interest in the 6-foot-6 forward if Roberson commits elsewhere.
Isaiah Whitehead: A 5-star, 2014 guard, Whitehead has said Syracuse is his leader and dream school for quite some time. The staff has made an effort to recruit him very hard, and he remains a priority in his class. With Kentucky involved, however, you never know. Consider this a battle between the Orange and Wildcats for now.
Chris McCullough: Maybe one of the hardest prospects to get a read on, this 5-star forward has interest from just about everyone. McCullough was supposed to cut his list by now, but has not done so yet. The Orange have recruited him very hard, and have made him the top priority in the 2014 class.
McCullough Update: While originally planning to attend, he has said he will not be attending due to having to attend class on Saturday. He is disappointed as he was looking forward to the event.
Thomas Bryant: The top rated power forward in the 2015 class, 5-star Thomas Bryant is high on Syracuse's list. Despite being a sophomore in high school, the Orange have known about him for some time, and have recruited him very hard. Being a local product, it makes sense when an elite prospect is so close. Syracuse should be in on Bryant to the end. His attendance is big for their chances. Bryant has already attended Syracuse's elite camp this year.
Zach Radz: Another local product, from Troy High School in nearby Troy (NY), this 2015 point-guard has accepted an invitation from the Orange to attend. It is unclear what Syracuse's interest level is, but Radz has grown several inches in the past year. He could be a target down the road if he continues to grow and develop.
Tyler Lydon: A 2014 forward who plays with Obokoh on his AAU squad, the Albany City Rocks.
On a side note, Tyler Roberson, a 4-star 2013 wing who recently took an official visit to Syracuse, has not decided whether or not he is attending. Syracuse is the only midnight madness he is currently considering.
Stay tuned to CuseNation.com as we will have reaction from the prospects after midnight madness.