Mike Pegram, Peegs.com

Recruiting Impact: Tucker to Duke

Jordan Tucker picked Duke over Syracuse. Where does the Orange go from here?

Jordan Tucker committed to Duke over Syracuse on Saturday. It was a tough blow for the Orange, who had recruited Tucker very well. Lead recruiter Gerry McNamara had established a strong bond, and was a major reason why SU had a real shot even after Duke came calling. 

That said, the question becomes, "now what?" 

Syracuse still needs another guard for the 2017-18 season, and the late signing period ends on Wednesday. The amount of available high school guards that are good enough to play at Syracuse are slim. Any that are have narrowed their list and it is far too late for SU to get legitimately involved. 

There is one high schooler available that has had some reported interest linking to Syracuse. Four-star wing Sidney Wilson. However, Wilson plays small forward. Can he play two guard well enough for Syracuse to pursue? That does not seem like a plausible scenario, but it is one that is on the table.

The more likely option is graduate transfer Geno Thorpe. Thorpe is a 6-foot-4 guard who can play the point or off the ball. He started his career at Penn State, then transferred to South Florida. As a redshirt junior at USF, Thorpe averaged 15.1 points, 4.6 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game while shooting 37.5% from beyond the arc. 

Thorpe seems like a perfect fit for what Syracuse needs. A guard who can handle, run the offense and also play the two. He provides length, depth, shooting and versatility. 

They still have to schedule a visit and go through the process, but Thorpe is an attractive option. 

Syracuse could also look at other graduate transfer options net yet known to the general public. Syracuse no doubt has had contingency plans in place in case Tucker decided to go elsewhere. Though there is some sting to his decision, it will not catch the Orange off guard, pun intended. 

Syracuse will add another guard to the roster before the season starts. Remember, at this time last year, Andrew White was nowhere near picking SU. As of right now, however, Thorpe may be the best fit. 

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