Syracuse University officially announced the addition of Allen Griffin to the men's basketball coaching staff. With this addition, the Orange coaching staff is complete. Adrian Autry was previously promoted to Associate Head Coach. What does this all mean or Syracuse basketball recruiting?
Autry will continue to recruit the Washington (D.C.), Maryland and Virginia areas. He has a lot of connections all over those states, including within the more prominent programs. His name carries weight. It helped Syracuse bring in Andrew White as a grad transfer this past season.
Autry's efforts have helped the Orange land players such as Frank Howard and Jerami Grant in recent years. In 2018, Syracuse has offers out to Jalen Smith, Prentiss Hubb and Nate Roberts, among others. Autry's efforts will be critical for those recruitments and others in future cycles.
Now with the addition of Griffin, Syracuse can help fill some of the void left by Hopkins. Hopkins helped Syracuse recruit New England, Philadelphia and New Jersey. Current assistant Gerry McNamara has developed relationships in each area, and will help pick up some of that slack. McNamara's name still holds a lot of weight in Pennsylvania, stemming from his high school playing days.
Griffin has ties to Philadelphia and New York City, two key recruiting areas for the Orange. Expect him to be key with the recruitments of Khalid Moore and even Cameron Reddish in 2018, among others. He recruited both areas well while at Dayton, and his affiliation with Syracuse will only help expand his recruiting footprint.
Griffin's playing history will help his efforts as well. A coach who has gone through the recruiting process and even played for the head coach that the recruits he is targeting would also play for, only helps his pitch. He can give first hand knowledge of what Boeheim can do for recruits' games.
Having Autry, McNamara and Griffin on staff together gives Syracuse a unique thing across college basketball. A staff filled with former players of the current head coach provides a unified recruiting front. It is something that has aided their efforts in the past. So replacing Hopkins with Griffin keeps that intact and gives the Orange someone with similar recruiting ties.
All in all, bringing Griffin on board makes a ton of sense. It continues the continuity of a staff filled with former Syracuse players who are respected as coaches within the AAU and high school communities and adds someone with recruiting connections to key areas. From a recruiting standpoint, it fits in perfectly with the Syracuse way.