The Syracuse Orange women's basketball program has recruited at a very high level for several years under head coach Quentin Hillsman. The 2017 class is no exception. As the early signing period started on Wednesday, November 9th, it was the men's program that received much of the attention.
However, the women's program has put together a strong class that is deserving of its own adoration. During the early signing period, Syracuse signed seven prospects, sources informed Scout. On Thursday, the Orange added a fourth prospect.
Here is a rundown of who has signed with Syracuse.
F Amaya Finklea-Guity
Finklea-Guity is a 6-foot-4, five-star (ESPN) post prospect from Noble and Greenough School in Dorchester (Mass.). She committed to Syracuse over the summer, and gives the Orange an elite big to help replace the Day sisters who are exhausting their eligibility this season. Grabbing a five-star player from New England where powerhouse UConn generally has their choice of prospects, is a big win for the Orange.
G Raven Fox
Fox originally signed with Syracuse as part of their 2015 class, but had to go the junior college route. She has spent the last two seasons at Gulf Coast Junior College, and has signed with the Orange once again. Fox is a tough, physical guard who can hit the three and is proficient attacking the rim.
Fox is listed at 5-foot-8 on the Gulf Coast website. She averaged nine points, two rebounds and one assist per game as a freshman per NJCAA.
G Nikki Oppenheimer
A 5-foot-9, sharp-shooting guard, Oppenheimer has versatility to play point or off guard. She can drill it from the outside, has great vision and is a skilled passer. She plays for Montini Catholic in Glenview (Ill.). Oppenheimer is rated a three-star prospect by ESPN. Read more about Oppenheimer in a great feature on ESPNW HERE.
F Maeva Djaldi-Tadbi
Djaldi-Tadbi is a 6-foot-2 forward rated as a three-star prospect by ESPN. She has tremendous upside as a versatile post prospect who can mix it up inside or stretch it to the three-point arc. She is extremely athletic and skilled with the ability to put the ball on the floor and attack the basket.
F Diagna Strautmane
Syracuse also signed five-star 6-foot-2 forward Digna Strautmane, who is ranked as a top 25 player overall in her class by ESPN. Strautmane can be a stretch four with a smooth stroke from mid-range.
G Tiana Mangakahia
Ranked the number one junior college point guard in the 2017 class by ESPN, Mangakahia gave Syracuse a late addition to their class by signing with the Orange.
F Diaby Kariata
Kariata is a long, athletic post player at 6-foot-5. She is originally from France. She gives the Orange a lot of size inside in this class.