Syracuse Hoops Recruiting News & Notes

Syracuse basketball recruiting has never been hotter. breaks down the latest, including information from the 2014, 2015 and 2016 classes.

Syracuse finished the 2014 class strong as well, with a talented two-man class. Five star forward Chris McCullough will have a big impact right away, and could start with the loss of C.J. Fair and the likely loss of Jerami Grant. Four start point guard Kaleb Joseph gives Syracuse another ball-handler that they desperately need.

Joseph will back up Ennis next season at the point, allowing Michael Gbinije to play his more natural off-guard role.

There has been the talk that Tyler Ennis may leave early. While that still appears to be an unlikely scenario at this point, it is still possible. If Ennis were to leave after just one season, Syracuse will have another scholarship to give out.

It appears the originally thought was Ennis could stay for two, possibly three seasons. Ennis and Joseph would form a strong one-two punch at point guard for the 2014-15 season. Should Ennis leave at that point, Joseph would take over.

In that case, Franklin Howard, a 2015 4-star prospect, would become a priority target. Syracuse feels he can handle well enough to play the point. Should Ennis stay, Howard will not be an option.

If Ennis were to leave after this season, there is still a small chance they try to find another guard for the 2014 class in order to ensure they are not shorthanded in the backcourt next season. This is a very slim chance, but a prospect like Kobie Eubanks could be a name to keep an eye on.

The three star prospect from New York City is more of a wing, but could play a reserve ball handling role in an emergency situation. More likely, Gbinije will be the backup point to Joseph with Patterson and Cooney chipping in.

Syracuse has checked in with Eubanks' coach recently to express moderate interest.

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The 2015 class has already started strong for the Orange. They have landed five star Malachi Richardson, who will play shooting guard for Syracuse. His length and deadly shooting from the outside will be a perfect fit within Jim Boeheim's system at both ends of the floor.

Four star power forward Tyler Lydon gives Syracuse a stretch-forward that can score from the outside and on the low-blocks. He has to add strength, but his skill set gives him a lot of upside. The Syracuse coaches are thrilled to have him and love his potential.

Syracuse is not done in the class, however, as they look to make it a four-man class with more talent added to their frontcourt. The primary target is Moustapha Diagne.

The four star forward has visited Syracuse twice already this season, once during Orange Madness and once to watch the Duke game in the Carrier Dome. Diagne is a big priority for Syracuse, and they continue to recruit him very hard.

Diagne loved his visit to Syracuse, and lists them as one of the schools high on his list. Though he claims no favorites, the Orange sit in a good spot here.

The other priority target is five star Thomas Bryant. The former high school teammate of Chinonso Obokoh, Bryant has been recruited hard by Syracuse for years. He visited the Carrier Dome earlier this season as well and continues to stay in contact with the Syracuse coaches.

Bryant said that as recently as last week the Syracuse coaches were checking in on the talented center. Expect the Orange to continue to make Bryant a priority. While Syracuse should be considered the favorite here, his recruitment is far from over.

Should Syracuse land both Diagne and Bryant, they would be done in 2015. Chieck Diallo is a backup plan should the Orange miss on either, as is Chris Silva.

In the backcourt, Syracuse is likely done unless Ennis were to give the staff knowledge that he is leaving earlier than expected. As previously mentioned, this would open the door for Franklin Howard. Isaiah Briscoe is not likely to wind up at Syracuse at this point, as he wants a place where he can start at point guard right away.

Derrick Jones, a five star wing, was thought to be a Syracuse lean early in the process. Now, the Orange don't appear to be a likely landing spot. Especially with the addition of Richardson, who might be a better fit.

In the 2016 class, there is no hiding Syracuse's top target. Five star guard Tyus Battle will receive the Tyler Ennis treatment from the Orange. That is, they will have a coach at just about every one of his games during the AAU season and recruit him as hard as anyone. Battle has already visited Syracuse multiple times and really likes the program. He called the game against Duke the best game he's ever seen.

Another 2016 guard to monitor is Howard Washington, the four star point guard from Canisius High in Buffalo (N.Y.). Syracuse has kept tabs on the talented guard seemingly in their back yard.

Two other names to keep an eye on are DeAaron Fox and Brandon Cyrus.

Syracuse basketball recruiting is in a golden age so to speak. They are a selector school and continue to land elite prospects year after year. The next two classes should be no exception.

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