Positional breakdown of how Syracuse basketball will fill their 2017-18 roster

Taking a look at how Syracuse basketball will fill their 2017-18 roster with number of slots available at each position, top targets and more.

There is a lot to be determined between now and then, but how Syracuse basketball fills it's 2017-18 roster will certainly be interesting to watch. We have already outlined how the Orange could utilize transfer options next offseason. But how will they fill the roster position by position with potentially eight slots available?

Here is how it could shape up. 

Point Guard (1)

With the loss John Gillon, Syracuse will need to add another point guard to add depth behind Frank Howard. They only have two offers out to lead guards right now in the 2017 class in five-star Trevon Duval and four-star Quade Green (highlights at the top of the page). Syracuse loves Green and have recruited him hard for some time. 

Don't expect Syracuse to offer any other point guards unless Green decides to go elsewhere. In that scenario, they could look at transfers or another 2017 guard. Make no mistake, Green is the top target and would have the ability to play a significant role right away. 

Shooting Guard (2)

Part of this depends on whether or not Tyus Battle is a one and done. If he is, Syracuse could add a guard via transfer or look at two top-100 shooting guards. They currently have four offers out to players they feel can play the position. 

Five-star Hamidou Diallo, four-star Ethan Thompson, four-star Brandon Randolph and five-star Lonnie Walker all have been offered by the Orange. Diallo has visited Syracuse twice. Thompson may be tough to pry away from Oregon State where his father coaches. Randolph is still very early in his recruitment and wide open. Villanova may be the favorite for Walker. 

If Syracuse can add Diallo, they would feel great about the position entering the season. He is an elite talent who can really shoot. Don't be surprised if Syracuse looks towards another player or two at shooting guard in the 2017 cycle as well. But this spot may be a prime candidate for a transfer if Battle bolts for the NBA. 

Small Forward (2/3)

If Tyler Lydon leaves, Syracuse will need multiple small forwards to add quality depth to the roster. If he stays, they will need one but still may go after a second. Syracuse has three offers out currently here. Michael Porter is not an option and has eliminated Syracuse already. 

Jordan Tucker, however, has visited Syracuse on more than one occasion. Syracuse likes him a lot, but Villanova is also recruiting him hard. Hameir Wright also holds an offer, and he could be a combo forward type. May project better as a power forward at Syracuse. 

If Syracuse wants Tucker or Wright and makes a big push, they should be considered among the favorites for each. Otherwise, Villanova seems to be in a good spot for both. 

Should Syracuse miss on them, keep an eye on Kimani Lawrence and Jermaine Samuels as possible options. 

Power Forward (1/2)

Syracuse will have Matthew Moyer coming back, and he could be in line to start at the four. If Taurean Thompson ends up picking Syracuse, those two could battle it out for the starting gig with the other playing a reserve role. Syracuse will still want one more at the position for depth. 

The name to watch here is Moustapha Diagne. He is a former Syracuse signee in the class of 2015, but the NCAA took forever to rule on a class he took in Africa, forcing him to go the junior college route in order to keep his visa active. 

Because of an obscure rule, Diagne is ineligible for his second year of junior college and will have to finish up his degree without playing. Syracuse seems to be the favorite for him, and he would fill a need in the 2017 class. 

Syracuse also has an offer out to five-star Kevin Knox, but he does not appear to be a realistic option at this point. 

Center (1)

Paschal Chukwu will be returning for his junior season, but Dajuan Coleman is gone meaning the Orange needs someone to play the backup role. Syracuse currently has three offers out to centers in the 2017 class. 

Mohamed Bamba is an elite center prospect who is coveted by the best of the best in college basketball including Duke, Kentucky and others. Bamba called Duke his dream offer, so they seem to be in a good spot. But it is still very early in his recruitment and Syracuse is still involved.

Syracuse has recruited five-star Nick Richards as hard as anyone, but he is also taking things slow. Landing him would be a huge get for the Orange. 

On Tuesday, an offer was extended to three-star Bourama Sidibe out of St. Benedict's, the same school that produced former Syracuse star Tyler Ennis. The staff has a relationship with the St. Benedict's coaches, which should help them with Sidibe. 


Syracuse could go the transfer route for two players or so. The most logical positions would be shooting guard and small forward. That will largely depend on where things are with several of their targets when that offseason begins.

If Syracuse has Diallo committed then, a transfer would not likely work at shooting guard. So things can and will change. With so many slots available, Syracuse is in prime position to land some elite talent. It could make the 2017-18 season a unique one, with so many new faces filling prominent roles. 


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