Recently, CuseNation.com had the opportunity to go one on one with Syracuse basketball assistant coach Mike Hopkins. He broke down each of the currently four members of their 2015 class, all of whom have signed their national letter of intent to play for the Orange.
”Tyler’s a stretch four. He can play the three or the four. He can really shoot it and his best days are ahead of him. He’s an unbelievable athlete with a tremendous amount of upside. But obviously getting stronger as a freshman is important. He’s thin but he’s athletic and very competitive. He’s got a ‘McNamara spark.’ A spark that just lights up.”
”He’s as good of a shooting guy and someone who can play the two or the three. He’s big enough to play three and athletic and smart. But he can really shoot it. Very poised and very mature. He’s been in a lot of big games. As good a shooter and scorer as I’ve seen.”
”Again, a big guard who gets in the lane and is athletic. He’s a great passer. I remember at Peach Jam, he was getting into the lane whenever he wanted and making everybody around him better. I’ve heard he’s really shooting the ball well now. He’s playing well.”
”Moustapha Diagne is one of my favorite players. I had a chance to work with him at the elite camp and it was just a love at first sight type of deal. He’s got great footwork. He just has a great feel for the game with his back to the basket with an ability to face up from 15 to 17 (feet). He’s hard to guard and competes.”
Who Can Contribute Right Away?
”We’ve got size, we’ve got shooting, we’ve got competitors. They’re really good basketball players. So we filled a lot of our needs. I think all of them (could be ready right away). It’s going to be based on what happens here. Does anybody go pro? Does anybody…. You know because anything can happen. That’s the thing about basketball. Every year is a new year. I think in terms of, based on talent, they all could play. But we had guys like Michael (Michael Carter-Williams) and Dion (Dion Waiters) that didn’t a lot because we had good players in the program. Having a lot of good players is a high class problem.”