In part two of CuseNation.com's three-part series, we take a look at each uncommitted forward Syracuse has extended an offer to. Where do the Orange stand in each recruitment, what's the latest news and more.
Despite being uncommitted, Syracuse is out of contention for the five-star. Porter Jr. has cut his list to five schools: Washington, Oklahoma, Missouri, Indiana and Virginia. He'll likely end up at Washington where his father his an assistant coach and his brother is a current commit.
Villanova is the favorite right now for the elite five-star small forward, Lonnie Walker. Walker is a very good volume scorer for Team Final on the EYBL circuit. Over this past weekend, he scored 26 points on 10-of-17 shooting in front of many high-major coaches. He's also a very good rebounder at the wing, and is a major threat from behind-the-arc.
Syracuse is still in the mix for Walker, but all signs point to Villanova as his destination. Arizona, UConn, Indiana, Virginia and West Virginia, among others, have offered Lonnie.
Tucker is high on Syracuse's radar, and for good measure. The four-star wing is rated in the Scout top 100 and holds offers or interest from nearly every high-major D-I program. In the past 48 hours, he's received offers from Miami, Georgetown and Memphis.
Jordan has visited Syracuse a few times and thoroughly enjoyed those visits. Now that Peach Jam is over, he plans to cut his list of schools. Syracuse will make the cut as Jordan told me they'll be in it until the very end. He loves the way SU plays offensively, says the 2-3 zone is intriguing and is on the record calling Syracuse his 'dream school.'
Hameir Wright plays his AAU ball with the Albany City Rocks. He's from Albany, and plays his high school ball at The Albany Academy.
He stands at 6-foot-8, 205 pounds and plays small forward. Villanova seems to be a big player in Wright's recruitment. Jay Wright has watched the four-star prospect numerous times. He holds offers from Cincinnati, Maryland, Miami, Providence, Syracuse and Villanova, among others.
Wright gets it done on both ends of the floor. Not only does he score and defend, he does the dirty work. Hameir takes charges, battles for loose balls, rebounds, gets put-back points and isn't afraid to step up to the free-throw line with the game on the line. Jim Boeheim watched Wright plenty this summer, along with SU assistants. He's a name to remember.
Knox, a native of Florida, is arguably the best player in the class of 2017. He draws comparisons to Kevin Durant, and for good reason. His long arms and lanky body is very similar to Durant's, and his ability to score in every facet of the game helps too. He can shoot from 3, get into the paint, score in transition and knock down his free throws. He's a spitting image of Durant in high school, which is quite the compliment.
Although Knox hasn't eliminated Syracuse yet, this is the longest of long-shots in recent memory. Duke, North Carolina and Kentucky are at the top of his recruitment. His father went to Florida State, which is also very involved in his recruitment.
After signing with Syracuse out of high school, Diagne attended Northwest Florida State College due to an academic issue that prevented enrollment at SU. He had a great year of JUCO, which ultimately led to his declaration for the 2016 NBA draft. Diagne, unknowingly, lost his remaining JUCO eligibility after declaring for the draft. He will finish his associates degree this upcoming school year and then transfer to a D-I school to play basketball.
Diagne has a running offer from Syracuse, according to his host father David Wilder. TCU, Pittsburgh and Seton Hall are also in the mix for his talents.
Brissett is the most recent Syracuse basketball prospect to receive an offer. CuseNation.com spoke with the Toronto native, who said he was very excited about the offer and wants to visit.
Oshae, a three-star prospect, says his size and athleticism gives him an advantage around the rim. He can guard multiple positions, but needs to improve his handle and jumper, he said.
After playing on the west coast at Findlay Prep, programs such as USC, UCLA, Arizona and UNLV have made serious impacts in Oshae's recruitment. He also has offers from Maryland, Oklahoma and Memphis.