Recruits, Commits React to NCAA Inquiry

CuseNation.com reached out to several Syracuse basketball commits and recruiting targets to find out if the NCAA inquiry and any possible sanctions would impact their status and interest in the Orange.

Syracuse concluded their NCAA hearing which concluded a multi-year inquiry into the athletics department, primarily focused on the basketball program. With the ruling, including findings and potential punishments, 30 to 60 days away, CuseNation.com reached out to several recruits and commits to get their reaction to the situation and potential sanctions and how that impacts their interest or commitment status.

2015 4-star wing Malachi Richardson: “I honestly am not reading about any allegations and will be a Syracuse Orangeman unless they tell me I cannot be. Right now the focus is signing, finishing out my high school career strong academically and athletically. I’m all Orange! Nothing is going to make me change my mind on it.”

2015 4-star forward Tyler Lydon: “None of this makes me question my commitment at all. No matter what happens, I’m going to be an Orangeman. I can’t say that I think it will be a bad punishment or not because I have no idea if it will. But no matter what, things will work out. Just hoping for the best.”

2015 4-star guard Franklin Howard: “I am still strongly committed to Syracuse, and that’s where I will be attending no matter the outcome. I’ve spoken to coach Boeheim and coach Autry multiple times about it, no details, but I’m not worried.”

2016 5-star guard Tyus Battle: “(It doesn’t change my interest) at this point. There has not been any ruling by the NCAA that would concern me.”

2015 4-star center Thomas Bryant: “I mean that’s they’re problem really. It won’t impact my decision, really. Of course I would still be looking into them and everything. We’ll just see as time goes on.”

2016 4-star forward Matthew Moyer: "I'm sticking with the Orange. I made a commitment to myself and to coach Boeheim. They saw something in me and I'm going to honor that. No matter how bad the sanctions may be, I'm going to be Orange."

Commit Moustapha Diagne and target Trevon Duval declined to comment.

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