SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- After the 2016-17 season, Syracuse will graduate three players -- Dajuan Coleman, Tyler Roberson and John Gillon -- and likely lose its star sophomore forward -- Tyler Lydon -- to the NBA draft. Incoming freshman Tyus Battle could be a potential one-and-done candidate, as well.
Where does that leave the Orange for the 2017 recruiting cycle with regards to how many they can take and what positions they'll need? CuseNation.com breaks it down.
|Dajuan Coleman||Tyler Lydon|
|Tyler Roberson||Frank Howard|
|John Gillon||Paschal Chukwu|
|Tyler Lydon||Tyus Battle|
|Frank Howard||Matthew Moyer|
|Paschal Chukwu||Taurean Thompson|
Syracuse will have at least five scholarships open, six if Tyler Lydon declares for the draft and seven if Tyus Battle leaves after one season.
So, what does SU need in its next recruiting class?
Likely returning only five scholarship players in 2017-18, the Orange will have six openings to add a little bit of everything.
Starting with the obvious, Syracuse will need to add at least one point guard. Whether that's Quade Green, Matt Coleman or Jose Alvarado, the Orange needs to improve its backcourt depth.
Moving on to shooting guard, Alex O'Connell, Hamidou Diallo and Brandon Randolph can all play either the 2-guard or small forward. That versatility of those three with the lack of depth will be important in the coming years.
If the staff can land one point guard and one shooting/combo guard who can handle the ball, they should be fine.
Jordan Tucker, Moustapha Diagne and Nick Richards are all very realistic options for the Orange moving forward. Tucker has called Syracuse his 'dream school,' while SU has been involved with Diagne for years now. Nick Richards is coming off an unofficial visit to Syracuse and holds high interest in Jim Boeheim's program.
SU recently offered Oshae Brissett, who told CuseNation.com he wants to visit and has legitimate interest.
It's also hard to predict a year ahead of time what the grad transfer market will look like. Nonetheless, Syracuse will need to add four or five players in the class to be comfortable moving forward, which will also give them freedom for a grad transfer, if necessary.