Syracuse Orange basketball has one of their biggest weekends in recent memory as several prospects will be on campus, each important for different reasons. Here is a look at who is visiting.
John Gillon is visiting Friday through Sunday. He has trimmed his list to Syracuse, Oklahoma and Texas A&M. Expect the Orange to show him a lot of love during his time on campus. Landing him would be huge for backcourt depth. With only three schools left and a decision expected within the next 10 days or so, Syracuse is definitely a realistic landing spot.
Spike Albrecht is "tentatively" scheduled to visit on Sunday, he tells CuseNation.com. Albrecht is transferring from Michigan, where he has extensive experience playing in big games including the Final Four and National Championship. If Syracuse makes a push, they are one of the favorites to land him. His visit may depend on how things go with Gillon.
Class of 2016
While Syracuse has two players committed in 2016, they want to add one more player. Preferably a front court prospect. This weekend, four-star power forward Taurean Thompson will be on campus. Thompson has visited before, but this trip signals that Syracuse is still heavily involved in his recruitment. Michigan State offered on Thursday, so this weekend may be the Orange's best shot to land him. Syracuse is also after Cheickna Dembele, but has not set up a visit with him yet.
Matthew Moyer, a four-star Syracuse signee, will on campus this weekend as well. He will be put to work as he tries to woo Thompson, Gillon and the class of 2017 visitors. Having him there this weekend is important for the Orange's efforts.
Class of 2017
Five-star guard Hamidou Diallo returns to the Syracuse campus for the second time. Having an elite prospect like Diallo visiting multiple times is huge and solidifies that the Orange are heavily involved in his recruitment. Duke and Kentucky recently offered, but Syracuse is in a good spot right now. This is a chance for Syracuse to make a push and keep themselves at the forefront of his mind.
Jordan Tucker is a four-star, in-state wing who is a top 35 player in the class. Tucker is known as a shooter with solid athleticism and a lot of length. He returns to the Orange campus giving Syracuse a chance to solidify their position with him. Syracuse remains one of Tucker's top options.
The top point-guard target for Syracuse in 2017 is four-star Quade Green out of Philadelphia. He attends the same high school that produced Orange stars Scoop Jardine and Rick Jackson. Syracuse continues to be one of the schools recruiting Green the hardest. Green has visited the Syracuse campus multiple times. His recruitment has blown up of late, picking up new offers and interest. That said, Syracuse is in a good spot.