Update: Tyler Lydon and Noah Vonleh are no longer attending Orange Madness tonight, The Fizz has learned. Syracuse is still recruiting the two players. Goodluck Okonoboh, 2014 6’9″ PF from Wilbraham & Monson (MA), will be at the Carrier Dome, however. Complete recap of the Dome festivities coming tomorrow morning on Fizz Radio at 9a.
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‘Twas the night of Orange Madness and all through Syracuse, basketball fans were awaiting the first practice with dreams of Final Fours dancing in their heads.
SU’s annual Midnight Madness at the Carrier Dome has turned into a raging success, attracting some of the best talent in the country. Which recruits will be in attendance to watch Michael Carter-Williams throw alley-hoops to Rakeem Christmas, and Wale perform in front of thousands of Orange supporters?
Rysheed Jordan, Noah Vonleh, Isaiah Briscoe, Tyler Lydon, B.J. Johnson, Chinonso Obokoh and Syracuse commit Tyler Ennis are the expected guests.
2014 prospects Chris McCullough and Isaiah Whitehead will not be able to attend after originally planning to take in Orange Madness.
You’ve read about Ennis before. Here’s a breakdown of the other Super 6 prospects and the latest on their recruitment.
Rysheed Jordan – The 2013 6’4″ combo guard from Vaux (PA) is taking an official visit through Sunday with his AAU coach Kamal Yard. Earlier in the week, Jordan cut his college list down to Xavier, Syracuse, Alabama, Rutgers, St. John’s, UCLA and Temple. The Philadelphia native spent his first official visit on St. John’s. Jordan’s recruitment appears to change everyday with new favorites emerging. Temple has the inside track due to an Under Armour connection, as well as location, but the explosive talent could wind up in a number of different scenarios.
Noah Vonleh – The recently de-classified (2014 to 2013) Vonleh was unsure whether he would be able to make it to Syracuse. On Thursday, he found a ride and confirmed that he would be in Central New York tonight. With no set college list, the main contenders are North Carolina, UConn, Indiana, Ohio State and Syracuse. The 6’7″ combo forward from New Hampton (NH) is making this trip an unofficial visit with the intent of coming back to Syracuse with his mother in a few weeks to use one of his official visits.
Isaiah Briscoe – The 2015 6’3″ point guard from St. Benedict’s (NJ) is back for his second year of Midnight Madness at Syracuse. With an extensive list of offers from Arizona, UConn, Villanova, Cincinnati, DePaul, Baylor and more, Briscoe will take in Orange Madness with his high school teammate Tyler Ennis again.
Tyler Lydon – A mid-major talent at the moment, the 2014 6’8″ power forward from Pine Plains (NY) is being endorsed by Albany City Rocks president Jim Hart as a perennial high-major. Syracuse is listening, too, having watched him numerous times this fall. Fairfield, UAB, Boston, James Madison and Siena have offered the central New York recruit.
B.J. Johnson – The 2013 6’7″ small forward from Lower Merion (PA) continues to inch closer and closer to an offer from Syracuse – something he greatly desires. Johnson will use his first official visit on Syracuse, with other visits lined up to Temple and Rutgers. Villanova is no longer in the mix for Johnson after landing a commitment on Wednesday. What happens after this weekend’s official visit for the Philly native?
Chinonso Obokoh – Outside of BeeJay Anya, the Bishop Kearney (NY) prospect is the only true big man Syracuse is making a run at for the class of 2013. Obokoh is down to five schools in James Madison, Temple, Villanova, Texas and the Orange. He has taken official visits to every school except Texas and Syracuse. He could end up at any of the five schools presenting him with a scholarship.
Extra Fizz – Syracuse second-year assistant coach Gerry McNamara made a trip to Texas on Thursday in order to check out 2015 Rockwall (TX) duo Elijah Thomas and Austin Grandstaff workout. Thomas is one of the top sophomores in the nation.
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