With Chinonso Obokoh and B.J. Johnson committing in less than 24-hours, Syracuse has had a big few days. Three commits, including a 5-star, is a pretty good class. However, the Orange staff is not done in 2013, and is still in one some elite talent.
The NCAA allows each division one basketball program to have 13 scholarship athletes. On the current roster, Syracuse has 10 such players. With Brandon Triche and James Southerland graduating, that reduces the number to eight entering the 2013-14 season.
With the additions of Tyler Ennis, Chinonso Obokoh, and B.J. Johnson, Syracuse would have 11 scholarships entering next year. That leaves two available slots, not including any early defections for the NBA.
The staff wants to add another backcourt mate to pair with Ennis. With Wayne Selden out of the mix, Rysheed Jordan is the primary candidate. His versatility and length makes him a great fit. He can play either guard position, and is already 6-foot-3.
Jordan, a 4-star guard from Philadelphia, recently took his official visit during Syracuse's midnight madness. He also trimmed his list to seven, and the Orange made the cut. Expect Syracuse to be in it until the end. They should be viewed as the favorite to land his services.
If the Orange land Jordan, that would leave one more slot available. There are three prospects that the staff will be looking to fill that spot.
Tyler Roberson, a 4-star wing from New Jersey, took his official visit a week and a half ago. He said the visit went very well. Syracuse has been recruiting Roberson hard for a long time. With Kentucky backing off due to their latest commitments, Syracuse should be considered the favorite here as well. However, expect other schools, such as Villanova and SMU, to go after him hard.
Noah Vonleh is a 5-star forward who has length, athleticism, and versatility. His skill set looks to be ideal for the Syracuse system. However, Syracuse has been off and on with him. Schools like Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio State, and Louisville have been more consistent with their interest. That does not mean Syracuse is out of it, however. Vonleh was supposed to attend Syracuse's midnight madness, but could not due to a last minute scheduling issue.
Jermaine Lawrence showed up on everyone's radar over the summer with strong performances in the EYBL. Now a 5-star prospect, Syracuse was recruiting Lawrence hard at one time. They have cooled on him a bit as of late, but are still looking at him as an option. He could be visiting Syracuse before the year is out. Lawrence is not looking to make a decision before the spring.
Expect Syracuse to take whichever of Roberson, Vonleh, or Lawrence commits first. The good news for Syracuse is, they have options. A five member class would be big for the Orange, and help supplement any players that leave early.