Syracuse received its fourth commitment in the 2013 class on Saturday when shooting guard Ron Patterson made his pledge during his official visit. He is Syracuse's second backcourt prospect. Many are concerned with how Patterson's commitment impacts the rest of the 2013 class.
One of the prospects Syracuse has been recruiting hard is 4-star guard Rysheed Jordan. While Patterson's commitment makes it appear as it Syracuse is done in the backcourt for 2013, that is not necessarily the case. The Orange will be in on Jordan until the end. Temple is the other major player on him right now. Jordan will not likely decide until late 2012 or early 2013. The Orange will continue to be on him until the end.
Syracuse is planning for the scenario where someone leaves early. Jordan would allow Mike Gbinije to move back to forward, and provide a lot of depth in the backcourt.
The other prospect Syracuse is in on is 4-star wing Tyler Roberson. Syracuse is considered the leader for Roberson, with Villanova closely behind. The Wildcats are recruiting Roberson hard, and he has been their top target for 2013. Interestingly, Syracuse has already received commitments from two Villanova targets in Chinonso Obokoh and B.J. Johnson. If the Orange take Roberson as well, the Villanova staff will be left in a rough spot for their 2013 class.
Syracuse will continue to recruit Jermaine Lawrence and Noah Vonleh as well. However, interest in Lawrence is fading, and Vonleh appears to be a long shot for the Orange. If Roberson commits, that means neither Lawrence or Vonleh will be recruited from that point forward. If Roberson should choose Villanova, that would put both back in the forefront.
Ultimately, Syracuse's 2013 class will have four, five, or six prospects. They currently have four commits, but if they don't land Jordan, Roberson, Vonleh, or Johnson, they likely won't look elsewhere. However, the chances of the Orange not landing any of those four is slim. Jordan and Roberson are both very high on Syracuse.
Most likely, the class will be five with Roberson or Jordan committing and Syracuse considering themselves done for 2013. They would then turn their focus to 2014, where 5-stars Chris McCullough, Dakari Johnson, and Isaiah Whitehead wait.
There is still the possibility that Syracuse lands both Jordan and Roberson. If no one leaves early, Syracuse will have five scholarships available for 2013. But there is definitely a possibility that Michael Carter-Williams leaves early. In that case, Jordan becomes a bit more of a priority to shore up backcourt depth.
Patterson's commitment could also impact 2014, as he is a teammate of McCullough at Brewster Academy. Patterson told CuseNation.com he will be recruiting his teammate to come to Syracuse with him.
"Absolutely," Patterson said. "We are going to to get him to be part of the Cuse family."
McCullough has said the two have developed a close relationship, and that he would like to play with Patterson at the college level. He has said the same thing about Whitehead. So it is possible that Patterson's pledge could have a domino effect on some elite prospects in 2014.
Regardless, the 2013 class is full of talent and potential. Syracuse is in a great position in completing this class and for future classes. Syracuse basketball recruiting has never been better, and the 2013 commitments further prove that point.