CBS Sports: Syracuse Hoops Has a History of Losing Dirty Recruiting Battles

An interesting survey done by CBSSports.com published this morning led to an obvious conclusion: Syracuse basketball has a history of being on the losing end of some of the shadiest recruiting battles in the country.

A group of college coaches were polled anonymously and asked about which players created the dirtiest recruitments over the past decade. Syracuse didn’t land any of the names on the list, but were in on a quite a few of them.

Shabazz Muhammad took home the top billing, as the incoming UCLA freshman won the dirtiest battle with 15% of the vote.

Second place? Anthony Davis, the Unibrow, who landed at Kentucky. Remember Syracuse was in on the NBA’s top pick, but rumors abounded about a crazy love triangle that led the Chicago Sun-Times to report Davis’ family asked schools for up to $150,000 for his commitment.

Tobias Harris also landed on list. The New York product announced his decision at the ESPN Zone in Manhattan, with plenty of Orange fans watching. His decision to attend Tennessee was met with a chorus of boos. While it was a tad unbecoming to jeer a high school kid’s choice of school, it shows what an intense recruitment it had become for SU.

Also receiving votes? How about Josh Selby. The Syracuse target made Orange fans drool for months, only to choose Kansas. He had a huge beginning to his Jayhawks career, but baggage always suggested Selby was more trouble than he was worth.

New York City prodigy Lance Stephenson also landed on the list, and SU is usually in on the top Big Apple kids. But the Orange was never one of his finalists, as the controversial guard eventually chose Cincinnati.

When you’re a big fish in a big pond, which is exactly what Syracuse hoops is, you’re going to lose some high-profile battles. We all know the college basketball recruiting game can get grimy. The Orange have done a very good job in the last decade nailing down told talent. But it looks like they’ve been on the losing end of some of the dirtier battles out there, and SU fans probably don’t mind.

Posted: D.A.


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  1. Carlton says:

    @russ Louisville is the better football program right now. UK only seems to care about bball. Louisville will sellout most games this yr if they live up to all the hype around them. An the UK an UofL game is always sold out unless its in lex. Other games though when i was in school their never soldout.All u had to do was walk up to the gate an get free tickets from ppl that got to drunk during tailgate. I’m in 2 leagues this yr one that me and my buddys back home have been doing for the last 5yrs and this yr i joined a 2nd that this other fourm im apart of is doing. I’ve won 2x although last yr was awful for me. I had jamal charles and hightower and both got hurt. Also Dez and herandaz spent a few weeks on dnp list so it was a rough one last yr fosure.

  2. Carlton says:

    I need my fantasy team to be good b/c im a buffalo bills fan an they are never good lol. I lost intrest in the nfl by week 9 last yr haha. Anyways ya i bleed red 2days of the yr. sept 1 and dec 31. I hate UK and their fan base!

  3. Russell Mac Eachern says:

    @Carlton,I like the thing’s Buffalo is doing and I’ve started to watch them closely lately!!I prefer them to the Jets and NE and hope they do good this year…Im confident they will and Fitz ain’t a bad QB!!Have fun at home and good luck w/ur fantasy teams!!

  4. Russell Mac Eachern says:

    Last yr I had Ray Rice,Chris Johnson,Wes Welker and a bunch of great playmakers,it was fun!my nephew in NJ got me involved!!Hes a media guy in NY/NJ..just 26 yrs old!

  5. Russell Mac Eachern says:

    I think the BE is gonna come down to Ville and RU,I wish ya good fortune!!

  6. Russell Mac Eachern says:

    or is it “kirkpatrick” Bills QB?

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