Boeheim Can’t Bow Out with No.1-ranked Recruiting Class of 2015

The Orange now has the top recruiting class, so Boeheim wants to coach them for a few years, right?

Yesterday, 4-star forward Moustapha Diagne committed to Syracuse. With Diagne’s commitment the Orange now has the No. 1 recruiting class of 2015. According to, SU has had a top-five recruiting class just twice in the last ten years. In that span Jim Boeheim has never had the top rated recruiting class at his disposal.

Joining Diagne in two seasons will be 5-star shooting guard Malachi Richardson, 4-star forward Tyler Lydon and 4-star shooting guard Franklin Howard. With these four commitments, SU has used up all of its allotted basketball scholarships for the class of 2015.

There has been speculation that Boeheim may consider retiring in the next few seasons. It is tough to imagine however that he would call it quits with a number-one rated recruiting class and the 1,000th win landmark each so close. In two years, Boeheim should have a legitimate shot at winning his second national title. He has stated he will retire when he “[doesn’t] feel [he] could do a good job or wanted to do it.”

It is unimaginable that Boeheim “won’t want” to coach a team loaded with so many stars. His squad will be contenders from the get-go.

If Boeheim does decide to stay on for a few more years, that could affect the status of assistant coach Mike Hopkins. This offseason Hopkins has interviewed with multiple Division I programs but has never formally been offered a head coaching job. If an offer does come his way he might be inclined to take it despite being the Orange’s “coach in waiting.” Hopkins has waited patiently in the shadow of Boeheim for many years but it seems like he would rather make a mark head coaching at different school then continue to wait for Boeheim.

For what it’s worth, Boeheim and Hopkins both must be excited about the incoming class, and the potential they have to produce on the court in the upcoming years.

Posted by: Connor Morrissette

6 Comments on this Post

  1. @Connor Morrissette;

    It looks like ACC basketball is going to be something special over the next few years. Duke has the #1 rated class with North Carolina getting the #4 rated class for 2014. Now it’s being reported that Syracuse has the #1 class for 2015. If we all thought the “Clash of the Titans” Syracuse vs Duke and Syracuse vs NC. were special in 2013. I wish our recruits were on campus now.

    Future games in the ACC looks pretty damn good to me.

    GO CUSE;

  2. BigDip Duncan

    I pray 1. Joseph stays healthy 2. We start grooming a fourth guard 3. HCJB forces out two players b4 the start of ’15-’16 season 4. Hopkins stays forever 5. DC2 plays 2 seasons @ 245-55 lbs 6. Joseph & McCollough both stay 7. for world peace?

  3. @Terry;

    If my memory serves me correctly,you asked the question of how many ‘top 5″ classes has Syracuse had over the last 5-15 years?

    Well,the 2004 class was rated #5 in the land and the 2015 class is rated the #1 class in the nation.

    With Duke having the #1 rated class and NC having the #4 class of 2014. I’d say the 2016 season should be really interesting, after this current group(2014 class)of recruits gets a year of experience under their belts and having the 2015 class join them should be good enough for Syracuse’s second national championship.

  4. Carlton

    Don’t think SU will hold onto the number #1 class. UK and other big name schools are in the running for a lot of the top guys that are still on the board. I think if SU doesn’t add anyone else that this class will not finish any lower then 5th. Now if they do add Jones or Byrant the class will be in serious consideration for the #1 overall class. If they add both don’t think there is anyway SU doesn’t finish #1.

  5. orangeinva

    I’m probably committing blasphemy here…

    This past bball team was “loaded”..Ennis/Grant/ Fair all NBA material.

    And we finished something like 5-5??

    Am I wrong to think it could be a good time for JB to step aside..turn the reigns over to Hopkins and hire a good big man coach?

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