Syracuse Basketball Recruiting Reset: 2016

CuseNation.com takes a look at the 2016 recruiting cycle and who Syracuse is still targeting.

As of the class of 2016 recruiting cycle winds down, CuseNation.com takes a look at each remaining prospect. Where does Syracuse stand with each? How many spots are left and who are some names to watch as summer approaches?

Taurean Thompson - 6-foot-10 - power forward - Senior at Brewster Academy 

List of schools: Syracuse, Seton Hall, Georgetown, Kansas and Providence, but is open to more, according to reports.

Thoughts: Thompson is an interesting prospect for a few reasons. His recruitment has blown up recently because he's one of the top rated big men that has yet to sign with a school. Waiting this long to commit has helped his recruitment, but has also frustrated teams, including Syracuse. The Orange first offered Thompson back in early September, and he officially visited the campus a few weeks later (September 25). The visit, as they typically do, went very well and the Orange found itself it great position. 

Fast forward seven months, Thompson still doesn't appear to be close to a decision, and is even taking more visits and open to more schools. On Tuesday, he finished up an official visit to Connecticut, who extended a scholarship offer a few weeks ago. Arizona has recently offered, among others. He will officially visit Seton Hall this upcoming weekend, according to his coach Jason Smith. 

It's at the point where if any major D-1 program has an open scholarship and need a big-man, Thompson will likely get a call. He claims to still be very interested in the Orange, so keep an eye on him. He would likely contribute solid minutes as a freshman, which has been a key component in his recruitment since day one.

Cheickna Dembele - 6-foot-11 - power forward/center - Senior at Scotland Performance Institute

List of schools: Syracuse, Iowa State, Missouri, Providence, Charlotte, La Salle, Alabama, among others.

Thoughts: Dembele is the most likely class of 2016 recruit to end up playing for Syracuse next year. He's a long, lanky athletic big that alters, blocks and can defend with the best of them. The Orange coaching staff views Cheick as a future pro, and believe he can come in and play significant minutes as a freshman. 

Syracuse offered Dembele roughly two weeks ago after Jim Boeheim saw him in person. Gerry McNamara has made the trip to Pennsylvania multiple times to see the 6-foot-11 prospect, and immediately fell in love with his game. As of today, there is no visit set, according to Dembele's coach Jareem Dowling. 

Sources have indicated to CuseNation.com the coaching staff likes Dembele's game more than Thompson's. 

Grant Mullins - 6-foot-3 - guard - Graduate student at Columbia University

List of schools: Vanderbilt, StanfordMichigan, California, Syracuse, Hawaii.

Thoughts: Mullins was the first grad transfer to have reported interest in Syracuse. He visited the SU campus last Friday and left without committing. On Monday, he was visiting Cal. Grant has declined interviews and wants to have privacy during his recruitment, he told Scout. 

He's originally from Burlington, Ontario. Grant averaged 13.3 points on 43.9 percent 3-point shooting in 31.1 minutes per game last season at Columbia. He added 3.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists, as well. 

Mullins missed the 2014-15 season at Columbia due to head and neck injuries, which is why he is eligible for a 5th year elsewhere, according to NCAA rules. 

Spike Albrecht - 5-foot-11 - guard - Graduate student at University of Michigan

List of schools: SyracuseWichita State, Purdue, Indiana, Texas A&M, USC, Milwaukee. 

Thoughts: Syracuse fans might remember Albrecht from the 2013 Final Four run in Atlanta. Spike hit two 3-pointers against the Orange in a 61-56 victory to advance to the Championship game against Louisville. 

Despite an up and down career at Michigan, Albrecht is an attractive guard on the market. He's a veteran, currently 23-years-old, and a floor general - something Syracuse will need. 

As of right now, the Orange will have Frank Howard and Tyus Battle as its only two guards on the roster. Malachi Richardson declared for the NBA Draft earlier this week, but did not hire an agent, leaving the possibility of a return to school. 

Albrecht has battled a hip injury at Michigan and according to the Detroit Free Press, he's had trouble sleeping, getting out of bed and sitting in a chair at class due to this very injury. 

Now Spike wants to give it one last run and Syracuse could be a potential landing spot, according to ESPN's Jeff Goodman. 


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