Breaking Down Syracuse's Scholarships

CuseNation.com takes a look at the scholarship situation over the next few seasons for Syracuse basketball.

During a very confusing time for Syracuse basketball fans, we’re here to explain the scholarship situation. CuseNation.com has the full breakdown.

With all the recent action in the recruiting world, there are numerous questions surrounding the program, specifically regarding scholarships over the next four years.

The scholarship reductions limit Syracuse to 10 per season, instead of 13. The Orange will lose 12 total scholarships over the next four years, pending appeal.

The projections are based off the assumption that nobody declares for the NBA draft early or transfer/leave the program. We know, those are somewhat unrealistic expectations, but it’s more realistic than projecting transfers or early NBA declarations.

2015-16 projected scholarships

Available scholarships: 0

1. Trevor Cooney – Sr.
2. Michael Gbinije – Sr.
3. DaJuan Coleman – Jr.
4. Chinonso Obokoh – Jr.
5. Tyler Roberson – Jr.
6. Paschal Chukwu – So. (RS) – sitting out due to NCAA transfer rules
7. Kaleb Joseph – So.
8. Moustapha Diagne – Fr.
9. Frank Howard – Fr.
10. Tyler Lydon – Fr.
11. Malachi Richardson – Fr.

Notes: Syracuse was expected to begin the scholarship reductions in the 2015-16 season. However, with the addition of transfer center Paschal Chukwu, the Orange will now begin the reductions in the 2016-17 season. Chukwu will sit out the 2015-16 season, but will then have three years of eligibility remaining.

2016-17 projected scholarships

Available scholarships: 0

1. DaJuan Coleman – Sr.
2. Chinonso Obokoh – Sr.
3. Tyler Roberson – Sr.
4. Kaleb Joseph – Jr.
5. Paschal Chukwu – So.
6. Moustapha Diagne – So.
7. Frank Howard – So.
8. Tyler Lydon – So.
9. Malachi Richardson – So.
10. Matthew Moyer – Fr. – verbal commitment
11. Tyus Battle - verbal commitment

Notes: Including Matthew Moyer’s commitment, Syracuse is out of available scholarships. With Tyus Battle’s verbal commitment, the Orange are now over the scholarship limit for the 2016-17 season. SU will need to either regain a scholarship from the appeal, or have an underclassman leave the program.

2017-18 projected scholarships

Available scholarships: 2

1. Kaleb Joseph – Sr.
2. Paschal Chukwu – Jr.
3. Moustapha Diagne – Jr.
4. Frank Howard – Jr.
5. Tyler Lydon – Jr.
6. Malachi Richardson – Jr.
7. Matthew Moyer – So.
8. Tyus Battle - So.
9. OPEN
10. OPEN

Notes: In year 2-of-4 of scholarship reductions, Syracuse will now have some room to work with. The Orange will be able to sign two recruits in the 2017 cycle. This, obviously, is good news as SU is in on some high-profile prospects.

2018-19 projected scholarships

Available scholarships: 3

1. Paschal Chukwu – Sr.
2. Moustapha Diagne – Sr.
3. Frank Howard – Sr.
4. Tyler Lydon – Sr.
5. Malachi Richardson – Sr.
6. Matthew Moyer – Jr.
7. Tyus Battle - Jr.
8. OPEN
9. OPEN
10. OPEN

Notes: This is when Syracuse could start to see everything getting back to normal. Theoretically, SU will have three scholarships to play with. However, you must assume they sign at least two prospects in 2017, meaning there should be 1-2 scholarships open come 2018. SU has already offered Naz Reid and Louis King in the class of 2018. They have also showed interest in Cam Reddish, who unofficially visited last fall.

2019-20 projected scholarships

Available scholarship: 8

1. Matthew Moyer – Sr.
2. Tyus Battle - Sr.
3. OPEN
4. OPEN
5. OPEN
6. OPEN
7. OPEN
8. OPEN
9. OPEN
10. OPEN

Notes: Obviously, Syracuse won’t have nine available scholarships in 2019. However, assuming nobody leaves early, the entire 2015 class will graduate, meaning there will be at least four openings. 2019 has the chance to be another special class, as the Orange can offer many elite prospects.

The 2019-20 season will be the final one under scholarship reduction. Beginning in 2020, the Orange will have 13 available scholarships each season.


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