Kline’s Line: After Chino & BJ, Here’s Syracuse’s Top Hoops Targets For ’13

Add Tyler Roberson (left), Noah Vonleh (center) and Jermaine Lawrence (right) to the list.

Syracuse University has changed in a variety of ways over the last 7 days, and last Friday’s Orange Madness triggered most of it.

Chancellor Nancy Canter announced she would step down at the end of her term in 2014. A man was stabbed at the Carrier Dome, which ended Orange Madness early. Two official visitors over the weekend verbally committed and, in fact, tripled the Orange’s men’s basketball recruiting class for next year.

Monday night led to the commitment of three-star power forward Chinonso Obokoh of Bishop Kearney (NY). A long, lean and defensive oriented shot-blocker, Obokoh gave his pledge to the Orange following his campus visit. The 6-foot-9 big man picked Jim Boeheim and company over the likes of Texas, Temple, James Madison and Villanova. Obokoh spent the majority of his weekend on campus with another official visitor.

On Tuesday, Obokoh’s weekend running mate also chose SU. Three-star small forward B.J. Johnson of Lower Merion (PA) committed to the Orange – a dream school in his mind. A 6-foot-7 wing prospect can shoot, slash, rebound, and is only a 16-year old senior. Johnson chose Syracuse over Rutgers, Villanova and Temple. SU went two-for-two over ‘Nova this week and the season hasn’t even started yet.

These two join current Syracuse commit Tyler Ennis, who was also on campus. All three are expected to sign in November during the Fall Signing Period.

While it may seem greedy to hope for even more talent when the Orange joins the ACC, there’s a lot of buzz about the combo forward and shooting guard position.

Syracuse missed out on top-25 shooting guards James Young (Kentucky) and Wayne Selden (Kansas), but had Rysheed Jordan on campus for his official visit. He is down to seven schools, but the Orange are looking at backup plans. SU has began recruiting former Indiana signee Ron Patterson, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard at Brewster Academy (NH). 

Three main options in top-30 prospects remain at combo forward. Tyler Roberson, Noah Vonleh and Jermaine Lawrence are all wide open. Roberson was on campus a few weekends back. Vonleh is now down to Indiana, North Carolina, Georgetown, UConn, Ohio State and Syracuse. He has set two official visits. Jermaine Lawrence has seven schools he likes, but could be focusing on some more than others.

Tune in to Orange Fizz Radio tomorrow morning on The Score 1260 starting at 9a as Team Fizz will speak with new commits Obokoh and Johnson, and break down the remaining recruits on the board in Lawrence, Vonleh, Jordan, Roberson and Patterson.

Posted: Alex Kline

20 Comments on this Post

  1. Vonleh vonleh vonleh! Su is clear favs for him and he would be a better get then young or seldon. Kid is a rare talnt n don’t be suprised if he cancells all visits after su n commits.

  2. AnaheimOrange

    Thanks, Fizz, for this update and continue to keep us informed. BTW, I really hope Kevin is right…!

  3. I like Vonleh the best, but Lawrence is a close second. Hell, Any one would be great.

    Do you think we have a better chance of Ron Patterson or Rysheed Jordan?

  4. @Kline, I heard that BJ and Rysheed might be a package deal? Maybe Patterson’s offer is to push Rysheed along.

    Vonleh cut his list to 6. Uconn, G’town and UNC are perceived to be trailing in the race for Vonleh. IU, OSU and SU look like the 3 leaders. I can’t recall what one of the recruiting guys said this on twitter. Might have been Daniels not sure. He called us his dream school before along /w UNC, kinda nice to see them trailing. IU has went after him hard but I have heard they only have room for him or Anya.

    Roberson I have a feeling will commit to KU this weekend on his visit. Will see.

    Lawrence seems to be a wild card. St.Johns might go all in on him now especially b/c Ish Wainright choose baylor today.

    Raysheed, Lawrence and Vonleh along /w Ennis would make this a top class. The other 2 guys are gonna redshirt.

  5. Awhile back I saw that Adam Zagoria on his Zags Blog said that Jermaine Lawrence, Chris McCullough, & Isaiah Whitehead were talking about going to Syracuse as a package deal… any news you guys may have on that? Just curious…

  6. @Kevin, Lawrence is in the ’13 class and McCullough and Whitehead are in the ’14. Ennis is talking to all 3 but i doubt Lawrence is on campus even if he did pick us in ’14 anyway.

  7. OrangeCrush27

    Another great read…’Cuse hoops continues to recruit well….

    Now if we can only get some top football recruits like we do for basketball all will be fine!

  8. Russell MacEachern

    Where’s the football power rankings this week?Its a football friday did we quit on the last half of the season?…curious!?

  9. Russell MacEachern

    Tyler Roberson was at RUs mm and spotted on RUs campus yesterday again according to Temples board?

  10. Found the thing on Vonleh from espn:

    ” “The programs coming at him the strongest and making the most headway are Indiana, Ohio State, Syracuse and Georgetown,” ESPN’s Dave Telep said. “That leaves North Carolina and Connecticut with ground to make up.”

    Speculation here, but the two best options could be Syracuse or Indiana. Vonleh recently took in Midnight Madness at the Carrier Dome and his versatility would make him excel in Jim Boeheim’s system. The Hoosiers could also benefit from his addition. They’ll need post help with the likely loss of Cody Zeller to the NBA and graduation of Christian Watford after this season. According to Telep, he plans on visiting Bloomington the weekend of Nov. 9. “

  11. I like the additions, but with Ennis committing 1st…this class had a chance to rival the class that included jonny/rick/scoop/donte…getting two 3-star guys, failed my expectations. But Michael G. & Ennis are 5star, so the talent will be there. 2013: 2deep roster

    Pg- MCW, Ennis
    Sg- Michael G., cooney
    Sf- cj fair, bj johnson
    Pf- Christmas, Grant
    C- Coleman, keita *Okohboh

    * Fair or MCW or Christmas may leave early for NBA draft ’13

  12. Russell MacEachern

    @Dipper, I noticed you werent thrilled with the three star guys!Are u gonna join the football win celebration we missed your eloquence on the football board!?!..We had to beat UConn!!Coach P may not be at UConn for Dec.1st??

  13. Russell MacEachern

    Dipper,how did u like our “G-men” whoopin of 40ers?next up RGs111s skins!!

  14. For the record, BJ and Rysheed aren’t in any way a package deal. BJ is recruiting him to come on board.

  15. @Kline, My bad it was Brandon Austin not BJ that he was talking about wanting to play /w.

    @Bigdip, I think fair and MCW both will be gone after this season and you could see Rak leave as well. Fair and MCW already listed as 1st rd picks according to fords rankings. Other draft sites have Rak in the 1st rd as well. This what i think/hope the starting 5 looks like in ’13:

    SG:Cooney,Michael G.
    C: DC,Kita

    BJ and Obokoh RS. They need it b/c Vonleh, Lawrence, DC and kita will all be gone at the end of the yr i feel. Then you got Grant, MG and Jordan that could also be in the mix to jump as well.

  16. Pogue Mahone

    I think the whole team, minus the seniors, returns unless we win an NC(as in no chance). Which makes it very hard for a recruit like Jordan, as good as he obviously is, to see any minutes in his near future. I’ve got my fingers crossed for Vonleh and Patterson(looks like he can combo) at this point. As for Dipsh#*t’s Star Report, Johnson may be the best player we sign this year.

  17. @Pogue Mahone – No way we get MCW or Christmas back after this year, despite the season outcome. I would put Fair on early-leave alert too.

    I would prefer Jordan over Patterson, but I think Patterson will choose Cuse.

    Lawrence and Vonleh together would be awesome, but I think we get one of the 2.

    Overall I think Carlton has the best prediction for the ’13 lineup.

  18. @Pogue Mahone- You sound like the dudes over at syracuse.com. Everyone that posts in the blog seems to know nothing about the basketball team. I’ve seen ppl call Waiters a bust before hes even played his 1st NBA game! I’ve seen them call DC “fat”. Just wow.

    “I think the whole team, minus the seniors, returns unless we win an NC(as in no chance).-You don’t even sound like a SU fan! Why even cheer? or even watch?

    Anyways your wrong.. ppl that interact /w scouts an NBA GM’s have all listed MCW, Fair and Rak as early entries. So think what you want doesn’t change the facts.

  19. CoachDuff

    People Syracuse only has ONE more offer to give. Hypothetical thought here, lets say recruit Ron Patterson who will be visiting the Cuse soon(Oct 31st-Nov 2), falls in love with the team, facilities and campus so he decides to commit. That will be your 2013 class!(Ennis, Johnson, Obokoh and Patterson).

    You are only allowed 13 scholarship thus Syracuse can only get ONE of these players (Robertson, Lawrence, Vonleh, Jordan or Patterson). Unless they were to sign in the late period and offers opened up due to current players leaving early for the NBA.

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