As of the class of 2017 recruiting cycle heads up, 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?
Trevon Duval - 6-foot-2 - point guard - Junior at Advanced Prep International
List of schools: Arizona, Baylor, California, Duke, Indiana, Kansas, Louisville, North Carolina, Syracuse, UCLA, Villanova, among many others.
Thoughts: Duval is the top-rated point guard in the class of 2017. His skill speaks for itself, as he can shoot it, dish it and get up and the down the court with anyone in the country. His recruitment began blowing up last summer while playing for WE R1 in the Under Armour Association. He holds offers from virtually everyone in the nation, or holds interest, and his stock continues to rise.
Gerry McNamara has been on Duval the hardest of any Orange coach, visiting him in New Jersey and communicating through text messages and phone calls. Duval is on the record for saying he's a big fan of McNamara as a coach and former player, but it doesn't seem like that'll be enough to land the prized five-star.
Quade Green - 5-foot-11 - point guard - Junior at Neumann-Goretti High School
List of schools: Duke, Maryland, Michigan State, Syracuse, Villanova, among others.
Thoughts: Despite being ranked lower than Trevor Duval, Quade Green is SU's top point guard target in the 2017 class. He has visited the Syracuse campus multiple times, including three times in 45 days during the fall of 2015.
Assistant coach Gerry McNamara has visited Green quite a few times at Neumann Goretti in Philadelphia, and the two have developed a very good relationship.
Green is a very good passer and shooter, but needs to improve on finishing at the rim, especially when dealing with contact. At 5-foot-11, he isn't your prototypical Syracuse guard for the 2-3 zone, but don't tell McNamara or Jonny Flynn that, who were both around the same height.
The Orange remain in very good position with Quade, who is targeting a September commitment - wherever that may be.
Hamidou Diallo - 6-foot-5 - shooting guard - Junior at Putnam Science Academy
List of schools: Connecticut, Duke, Kentucky, Maryland, Syracuse, among many others.
Thoughts: After a great first weekend on the Nike EYBL circuit, Diallo has received offers from Duke and Kentucky (in back-to-back days). His recruitment is blowing up, and it's well deserved. When it's all said and done, he'll be battling Duval for the No. 1 guard in the 2017 class, but will run away with top shooting guard honors.
He took an unofficial visit to Syracuse on senior day against NC State. Class of 2016 commit Matthew Moyer also visited that day and the two hit it off, according to Moyer.
Diallo has left open the possibility of a reclassification to the 2016 class, but still is still considering himself a 2017 kid, he told Scout last week. If he were to reclassify, Syracuse's offer would stand and the Orange would welcome him with open arms.
He and 2017 target Jordan Tucker are reportedly planning to visit Syracuse together either late this month or in May, a source told CuseNation.com. The two play together for the NY RENS on the EYBL circuit.
Brandon Randolph - 6-foot-5 - shooting guard - Junior at Westtown School
List of schools: Syracuse, Notre Dame, Kansas, Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, VCU, and many more.
Thoughts: Randolph performed extremely well in front of Jim Boeheim and Gerry McNamara in New York City at the Nike EYBL's first event of the circuit, which eventually earned him a scholarship offer.
He's described as someone who "scores in bunches," his coach told Scout. He has the ability to do everything on the offensive end of the floor, which he put on display last weekend. Standing at 6-foot-5, he uses his size to his advantage while getting into the lane. His jumper will need to be more consistent at the next level, but his work ethic is undeniable.
Syracuse liked what it saw this past weekend. They were in to see him on Wednesday afternoon, according to a source. As most of you know, the Orange like taller guards, especially for the 2-3 zone. Randolph fits much of the criteria SU likes, which would make him a great fit. He's a name to keep an eye on this summer, and expect his recruitment to get intense as more schools get involved.
Michael Porter Jr. - 6-foot-8 - small forward - Junior at Tolton Catholic
List of schools: Kentucky, Duke, Syracuse, Missouri, Stanford, UCLA, Indiana, Kansas, Washington, Virginia.
Thoughts: Porter cut his list to ten schools back on August 5, 2015. His recruitment with the Orange is an interesting story. SU had never reached out to the five-star forward, but he called Gerry McNamara one day after talking with Matthew Moyer. McNamara immediately offered Michael a scholarship, and the Orange then made his top 10 list later in the summer.
He's on the record for saying Syracuse was his dream school, until the program was hit with sanctions by the NCAA.
One thing playing in SU's favor is his friendship with Moyer, who Orange fans can thank for Porter Jr's interest so far.
Michael does it all -- Rebounds, scores, defends, hustles and works as hard as anyone in the country. He has all the top schools after him, and for all the right reasons. He's arguably the best scorer in the 2017 class, and will be a prized recruit wherever he lands.
With that said, I don't expect him to come to Syracuse -- although if he visits this summer, you never know.
Lonnie Walker - 6-foot-4 - small forward - Junior at Reading Senior High School
List of schools: Villanova, Connecticut, Syracuse, Indiana, among many others.
Thoughts: Syracuse recently offered Walker - last week - but his recruitment and relationship with SU goes far beyond that. Lonnie attended Syracuse's Elite Camp over the 2015 summer where he impressed the coaching staff a lot. After a solid junior year at Reading Senior HS, Jim Boeheim and Gerry McNamara extended a scholarship offer before the first weekend of AAU. UConn offered the same day as Syracuse.
As for his game, Walker is a very athletic playmaker in which scoring comes easy. He can get into the lane, hit a pull-up jumper in your face and also gets his teammates involved. From what Syracuse has seen, they view him as a two-guard or small forward. He's 6-foot-4, can finish at the rim and is also an above average rebounder.
He's extremely interested in Villanova, according to a source, but that doesn't mean Syracuse can't come in and make a play for him.
Jordan Tucker - 6-foot-8 - small forward - Junior at Archbishop Stepinac
List of schools: Syracuse, Arizona, Villanova, Connecticut, Providence, Xavier, among many others.
Thoughts: Tucker is a local (White Plains, N.Y.) prospect with high interest in the Orange. As I stated earlier, he and AAU teammate Hamidou Diallo are planning a visit within the next month or so to Syracuse.
Gerry McNamara has been on Tucker for quite a while now, which he called an honor. Jordan wanted to visit Syracuse for a game this season but was unable due to conflicting schedules with Stepinac playoff basketball.
He's improved his jumper, has grown a few inches and has become a better passer in the year and a half the Orange has recruited him. He continues to grow as a player, both skill-wise and IQ, which will only benefit him as his recruitment heats up this summer.
Expect more schools to contact Tucker, but Syracuse is, and has been, in great position for over a year now. Tucker has stayed interested in SU through the sanctions, which says a lot about his feelings for Jim Boeheim and the program.
Kevin Knox - 6-foot-8 - power forward - Junior at Tampa Catholic
List of schools: Kentucky, Indiana, Syracuse, Duke, North Carolina, Kansas, and many more.
Thoughts: Kevin Knox, when it's all said and done, will be in the conversation for the best player in the 2017 class. He has already drawn comparisons to Oklahoma City superstar Kevin Durant. He's a long, athletic forward who can shoot it from 3, get to the basket and finish with authority.
His athleticism at his size sets him apart from the bunch. He had an incredible first weekend on the EYBL circuit, and since then has had in-home visits with Tom Crean of Indiana and John Calipari of Kentucky.
I don't think Syracuse will be much of a factor in Knox's recruitment, but they have offered him a scholarship. Don't get your hopes up for legitimate interest or a visit of any sorts, but he's a name to keep an eye on this summer.
Moustapha Diagne - 6-foot-9 - power forward - Freshman at Northwest Florida State (JUCO)
List of schools: Syracuse, Seton Hall, Cincinnati, TCU, among others.
Thoughts: As we reported on CuseNation.com a few months ago, Syracuse has a standing offer with Diagne, meaning he's open to come back to Syracuse, if he chooses. The Orange remain one of his top choices despite having an academic issue that prohibited his enrollment last summer.
Diagne averaged 10.2 points and 7.3 rebounds as a freshman at Northwest Florida State (JUCO). He was named Co-Freshman of the Year in the Panhandle Conference, and first-team all state.
He's is now apart of the class of 2017. Because he enrolled at Junior College, he must earn his degree before making the jump to D-1 basketball.
Expect Syracuse to be a major player for Diagne. Remember, it wasn't SU's fault the academic issue arose, as the NCAA squeezed Diagne for a credit back in Senegal. It doesn't appear the misunderstanding left a sour taste in his mouth. If he were to come to Syracuse, he would be an immediate contributor. He's a very good rebounder, has worked on his offensive game and would be another long body in Boeheim's 2-3 zone.
SU assistant Adrian Autry has developed a very strong relationship with Diagne and his host family.
Mohamed Bamba - 6-foot-11 - center - Junior at Westtown School
List of schools: Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky, Syracuse, Kansas, Villanova, among many others.
Thoughts: Bamba is the top big man in the class of 2017 and is receiving interest from just about every school. Before he makes his college decision, he'll have offers from every major D-1 program in the country.
Over the past weekend in NYC at the Nike EYBL, Bamba said he wants to bring college basketball back to New York. Now, whether that means Syracuse, St. John's or someone else -- well, that's remain to be seen.
It's early in his recruitment, but he does have high interest in Duke and North Carolina, even saying that Roy Williams is his favorite coach to talk with.
The Orange got involved early with Bamba, but that might not be enough as his stock continues to rise.
Bamba proved last weekend he's a dominant rebounder, averaging over 15 per game. His offensive game is still raw, but as he continues to grow into his body, it will only improve. He has the capability to hit a mid-range jumper, which is rare for a 6-foot-11 junior in high school. His skill set is undeniable, and he'll fight for the top spot in the class of 2017 rankings all the way up until the Spring signing period next year.
Nick Richards - 6-foot-10 - center - Junior at The Patrick School
List of schools: Kentucky, Syracuse, Indiana, Kansas, Villanova, and many more.
Thoughts: Richards is very interest in Syracuse, and that interest in mutual. Coach Autry is his primary recruiter and the two have a very good relationship, he told Scout. Over the weekend, Richards told the media he hears from Syracuse more than any other school that is recruiting him, and "several times a week."
The Orange is certainly doing everything they can to steal him from other top programs, such as Kentucky, Villanova, Indiana, Kansas, etc.. Nick has told me several times he wants to visit Syracuse and really loves the school and the coaching staff -- All very good signs.
Expect Syracuse to stay in this one until the end. SU has made him the priority big man target for the 2017 recruiting cycle. Defensively, Richards is very good. He blocks a ton of shots and can get up and down the court extremely well for a 6-foot-10 kid. He is, however, still a little raw offensively. That will come with time as he's only played organized basketball for a few years.null