Syracuse Basketball: Orange Ahead Of The Pack In Recruiting

By Bryan Zarpentine
Syracuse Basketball
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For the past decade, Syracuse basketball has become a well-oiled machine on the recruiting front. Not only have the Orange managed to bring in elite recruits time and time again (almost to a fault with so many of them leaving early for the NBA), but Syracuse has loaded up on commitments early in the recruiting process.

Such is the case once again, as Jim Boeheim and company now have four commitments from the class of 2015, putting the Orange atop the national recruiting rankings at least for the time being.

The Orange have what could be its backcourt of the future in Franklin Howard and Malachi Richardson, as well as two more long and athletic wing players who will continue to give Syracuse great size along the backline of the 2-3 zone in Tyler Lydon and Moustapha Diagne. All four are rated among the top-60 players in the class of 2015 by most of the major recruiting services, and all four have made commitments to Syracuse while dozens of the top players in the country are still going through the recruiting process.

Most major programs have no more than one or two commitments in the bank for 2015, putting Syracuse well ahead of the pack.

Having four recruits already lined up for 2015 is a huge luxury for Syracuse. It allows the Orange to devote more time and resources to recruiting the few targets it has left in the class of 2015, specifically Derrick Jones and Thomas Bryant, two of the top players in the country who would take Syracuse’s recruiting class to the next level if either committed to the Orange.

Being so far ahead with regard to the class of 2015 also puts Syracuse in position to get a head start on the 2016 and 2017 recruiting classes, which will make it easier for the program to continue its recruiting success in subsequent years.

The last time Syracuse had four commitments so early in the recruiting process was for the class of 2007. While that class struggled early in its career, along with the next two recruiting classes, it set the foundation for the best stretch in school history that included four trips to the Sweet 16 and one Final Four appearance between 2009 and 2013.

Whether the class of 2015 will lead to similar success for Syracuse remains to be seen, but there’s no doubt that having four commitments at this stage of the recruiting process puts the Orange well ahead of just about every other team in the country not only for this recruiting cycle, but for years to come.

Bryan Zarpentine is a New York Mets writer at Like him on Facebook, follow him on twitter @BZarp and add him on Google.

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