SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Syracuse's 2016 recruiting cycle was a successful one, and it may not be done. With the addition of five-star guard Tyus Battle and four-star forward Matthew Moyer, the Orange replaced and added depth to its roster.
Seniors Trevor Cooney and Michael Gbinije have moved on, which opens up nearly 80 minutes of action for the Orange's backcourt next season.
Enter Tyus Battle.
Battle will presumably start his freshman year for the Orange -- likely at the two-guard position. He isn't your traditional point guard despite rumors of being recruited as one by Jim Boeheim. Battle stands at 6-foot-7 with a wingspan of roughly 6-foot-8. He has been scouted as an elite defender, which should make for a smooth transition into Boeheim's 2-3 zone.
Offensively, Battle is an above-average shooter from behind the arc. He's better off the ball, meaning playing the two-guard would fit his game better. He uses his athleticism to his favor by getting to the basket and getting out in transition. He'll need to get stronger - as most high school athletes entering college do - but that will come with time. With his above-average height for a guard, Battle will need to be a factor on the glass this season for the Orange. SU will have plenty of frontcourt depth and height, but guards need to do their part in the zone.
Tyus will enter the college game with a strong basketball IQ that will only grow under Jim Boeheim. If he wants to play point guard for the Orange, his ball handling will need improving. He can get by with his average handle right now, but when he's facing ACC guards a few nights a week - average won't get it done.
Prediction: Starter - 34 minutes per game, 12 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals per game.
The other half of SU's 2016 recruiting class is Matthew Moyer, a 6-foot-8 forward from Columbus, Ohio.
Moyer has been Syracuse-bound for what feels like a decade. He finally arrived at Syracuse as a student-athlete earlier this month. He and Tyus Battle have been attending classes for roughly a week and are roommates.
As for where Matt fits in on next year's team, he does have some work to do before he sees legitimate minutes. Dajuan Coleman, Tyler Roberson, Paschal Chukwu and Tyler Lydon all stand ahead of the incoming-freshman, and that's without Taurean Thompson, who SU continues to recruit.
Moyer is a high-energy player who can hold his own against anybody. His transfer to South Kent (CT) for his senior season served his game well as he won Gatorade Player of the Year in the state. He posted numerous double-doubles while scoring over 30 points on multiple occasions.
Dajuan Coleman, Tyler Roberson and Tyler Lydon will likely start at the 5-4-3 spots, with Paschal Chukwu the first big-man off the bench. Moyer will likely be the second big off the bench, but if Thompson chooses SU - that could change.
Matt can stretch the floor, has a decent handle and can get by slower defenders from the perimeter. His 3-point shot is a work-in-progress, but he has the ability to get going and make defenders respect it. On the glass, Matt is a very good rebounder. He's a very versatile player, which will benefit everyone. He can play multiple positions, which will make him more valuable to Jim Boeheim. Moyer can help the Orange this season, but he came into a tough situation with four talented players ahead of him. Like most freshmen, he'll have to wait his turn.
Prediction: 8th man - 8 minutes, 3 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal