The Syracuse Orange basketball program just keeps rolling along like a well-oiled machine, both on the floor and in the recruiting arena. Fresh off a trip to the Final Four, Syracuse is off to a 9-0 start, winning the Maui Invitational and is ranked in the top-five in all the national polls. Meanwhile, Jim Boeheim continues to reel in blue-chip prospects with the commitment of class of 2015 five-star shooting guard Malachi Richardson.
The Orange have been recruiting at an elite level for the better half of a decade, which has helped get them to the Sweet 16 or further in four of the last five seasons. It doesn’t look like that trend will stop anytime soon. Not only are the Orange already set in the class of 2014 with two players that could contribute right away in point guard Kaleb Joseph and forward Chris McCullough, but they also have two commitments from class of 2015 players in Richardson and forward Tyler Lydon, giving them a head start over most of the nation in the class.
Of the four recruits Syracuse has committed over the next two years, Richardson and McCullough are considered five-star recruits while Joseph and Lydon are four-star recruits, meaning the talent level at Syracuse will remain high for years to come, even if the Orange continue to see key players like Michael Carter-Williams and Dion Waiters turn pro early.
Richardson may be the best of the group. He’s a 6-foot-5 shooting guard with a long wingspan, which means he matches the profile of players that Syracuse recruits which fit their zone defense. He’s also has an excellent offensive skill set and should have no trouble scoring points. Many view him as a possible one-and-done player; that is, if he can garner enough minutes on the floor his freshman season with all the other talent Syracuse has in the pipeline.
Richardson’s commitment to the Orange is just the latest example of how the program continues to attract top-level talent, and how Syracuse should continue to be a competitive and relevant program nationally. Like a snowball that’s rolling downhill, it doesn’t seem like there’s anything that can stop Syracuse basketball from getting bigger and bigger.