Recruiting Round Up

It's been a busy recruiting year for Syracuse and OrangeNation's new feature, Jake's Take, runs down some of the hot news.

It's been a busy recruiting season for the Syracuse Orange. While much energy is being put into the class of 2006, one emerging target is 2007 big man Dallas Lauderdale from Solon, Ohio. Lauderdale is a bit of an undersized PF/C in the 6'8" range with a game that would draw comparisons to former Orange Center Etan Thomas. Lauderdale's forte' is shot blocking and rebounding while possessing raw offensive moves. Lauderdale is a prototypical Syracuse recruit featuring long arms and room to physically grow.

Lauderdale and his some of his Cleveland Titan AAU teammates were in Syracuse over the weekend barnstorming in a pick up game against members of the Donyell Marshall All-Stars. The "unofficial" visit allowed Lauderdale to see the Syracuse University campus, take in the sight of the Carrier Dome and meet with the coaching staff, including head coach Jim Boeheim.

When Lauderdale graduates, Syracuse will be looking to replace a front-line trio of Demetris Nichols, Terrance Roberts and Daryl Watkins.

During pick-up games, Lauderdale showed off instinctive shot blocking ability, aggressive rebounding and knocked down a couple of jumpers. He's also a powerful and quick leaper. However, Lauderdale needs to "bring it' more consistently and dominate play as he's capable of doing.

Lauderdale is certainly a player Syracuse fans will want to keep an eye on.

Notes: The Paul Harris watch continues.

While all indications seem to point to Syracuse as a college choice, Syracuse fans are eagerly waiting to hear the words "I'm going to Syracuse" from the 6-4 power guard from Niagara Falls. All anyone can do is wait and drool after Harris' performance at the USA Basketball event in San Diego. Harris, all 6-4 of him, led the tournament in rebounding while bringing home the Gold for his team. That's quite a task with everyone's top big man Greg Oden sharing the same court every game.

Keep an eye on Harris' former High School teammate PG Jonathan Flynn. He played second fiddle to Harris this past season, but it'll be his turn to shine the next two years.

He's a legit Big East level prospect and is drawing interest from the Orange coaching staff.

Shaker High School big man Brad Sheehan has an official offer from the Orange. The 6-10 Sheehan is a bit raw and needs development, but he's more athletic and possesses a better face-up game than former Orange Center Craig Forth. Sources indicate Sheehan favors Syracuse as his college choice.

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