Syracuse Basketball Recruiting Big Board

Syracuse basketball's 2014 recruiting class is off to a strong start with 5-star forward Chris McCullough verbally committed. There is still work to be done, however. CuseNation.com takes a look at the top targets for the Orange going forward inside.

Syracuse's 2014 class has been slower than in previous years, mainly due to the need for fewer prospects and already having one elite player in the fold. However, there are a few targets Syracuse is recruiting very hard.

Kaleb Joseph
Position:
Point Guard
School (City, State):
Cushing Academy (Ashburnham, MA)
Rating:
4-star
The latest:
The point guard position is the top priority for Syracuse in 2014. This year's squad has a big question mark behind incoming freshman Tyler Ennis. Next year's team will have that same question mark, which is why Joseph is such a high priority.

The Orange have continued to pursue Joseph harder than any other prospect in the class, and he has noticed. He is planning to visit sometime during the season to check out the Carrier Dome game day atmosphere. Syracuse should be in this one until the end.

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Isaiah Whitehead
Position:
Shooting Guard
School (City, State):
Abraham Lincoln High School (Brooklyn, NY)
Rating:
5-star
The latest:
Whitehead was already considered one of the most talented players in the class when he blew up at recent AAU events. That resulted in a big bump in his ranking. Syracuse has been one of the schools in on Whitehead from the beginning.

The Ornage will be involved until the end here, and Whitehead will visit during the season. Minnesota and Louisville seem to be the biggest threats. He says he is discussing a package deal with JaQuan Newton which would mean Minnesota is the top option. However, often times those don't work out as planned and it remains to be seen how serious those talks are at this point.

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Goodluck Okonoboh
Position:
Center
School (City, State):
Willbraham & Monson Academy (Willbraham, MA)
Rating:
4-star
The latest:
Syracuse has pursued Goodluck ever since the recruitment of Nerlens Noel as the two were high school teammates during Noel's senior year. Okonoboh is an elite shot blocker with high athleticism inside. However, he is a bit raw on the offensive side of the floor.

Goodluck continues to impress during AAU events. Syracuse is still on him, but Louisville is showing a lot of interest in the talented center. Getting him on campus for a visit will show where the interest lies on both sides.

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Paschal Chukwu
Position:
Center
School (City, State):
Fairfield College Preparatory (Fairfield, CT)
Rating:
4-star
The latest:
Chukwu does not yet hold a Syracuse offer. However, the Orange are one of several schools to take notice of the 7-foot-1 center during the spring/summer. He has opened a lot of eyes with his athleticism, defensive instincts, and ability to run the floor.

It's unclear whether the Orange view Chukwu as a backup plan to Okonoboh. But if Syracuse believes one of its bigs will leave early for the NBA Draft, the center position becomes increasingly important.

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JaQuan Newton
Position:
Shooting Guard
School (City, State):
St. John Neumann High (Philadelphia, PA)
Rating:
4-star
The latest:
Newton holds a Syracuse offer, but has not mentioned them much in his recruitment lately. However, he maintains he is wide open in his recruitment. He attends the same high school as former Orange stars Scoop Jardine and Rick Jackson.

If the Whitehead/Newton package deal is real, it's unclear whether the Orange would pursue that in order to take three guards in the 2014 class. Newton is likely a backup plan to Syracuse at this point and the Orange aren't heavily involved.

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