SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- In the final part of CuseNation.com's three-part series, we take a look at each class of 2017 center prospect that Syracuse has offered.
Bamba, a 6-foot-11 center, received an offer from Syracuse towards the beginning of his recruitment. Since then, every high-major D-I school has gotten involved in the prized five-star's recruitment. Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina and Villanova, among many others, are all legitimate players for Bamba.
He plans to cut his list within the month or so. Bamba keeps to himself when asked about his recruitment, but seems very interested in Duke and North Carolina. Even if the Orange makes his next cut, I don't expect it to go anywhere serious.
Richards is the most realistic option at center for the Orange in the 2017 class. A New Jersey native, Nick took an unofficial visit to Syracuse a few weeks back. He remains the top big man target in this recruiting cycle with Adrian Autry being his lead recruiter.
Kentucky, UConn, Indiana, Arizona and Syracuse are the schools he continues to mention, although that isn't an official final five. Expect the Orange to be in this until the end with a very good chance at landing him.
The four-star St. Benedict's Prep (NJ) product is a very intriguing post prospect. He has good size - 6-foot-10 - and solid length for his position. He also runs the floor very well for a PF/C. Sidibe is scouted as a very good area rebounder, which is important in the 2-3 zone. Bourama is limited on the offensive end at this point in his development, and doesn't have a go-to move on the block. His defensive game and rebounding ability has great upside, but he needs improvement on the offensive end.
Arizona State, Kansas State, Maryland, Seton Hall, SMU, Syracuse and West Virginia, among others, have extended scholarship offers.