Jim Boeheim Calls SU Basketball’s 2015 Recruiting Class the “Best Ever”

With Boeheim courting the best-ever recruiting class, he can’t be retiring anytime soon.

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The Per’fesser could be around beyond next season after all. Jim Boeheim has denied or shaken off every rumor of possibly retiring, and with a top notch recruiting class heading up On the Hill, how could he walk away now?

We’ve discussed here at The Fizz the scary-good potential of Syracuse basketball’s 2015 recruiting class. The Orange has a quartet of ESPN Top-100 prospects committed to the program. As of right now, the list looks like this:

Malachi Richardson (6-foot-6, 190-pound guard) — No. 15.  

Moustapha Diagne (6-9, 230-pound forward) — No. 44.

Tyler Lydon (6-8, 185-pound forward) — No. 59.

Franklin Howard (6-6, 180-pound guard) — No. 70.

A fifth member may be on board very soon to what is already the No. 1 class. Boeheim teased the idea of another recruit but he “can’t talk about that,” he said to Syracuse.com’s Bud Polquin at a Boeheim Foundation charity event. Rochester big man Thomas Bryant seems like the viable candidate. The 6’10”, 5-star forward has Syracuse as his top school.

Boeheim is pretty much saying this class is already pretty darn good, and it will be a hell of a lot better with this mystery, additional player. The Orange head man always speaks realistically, positively or negatively. He won’t hold back if it means calling out his players for screwing up, nor will he not give credit when credit is due. His coaching staff under his leadership has done its best recruitment arguably in the last five to seven years. While he may be praising the promising talent heading in, Boeheim also pats his own back for reeling these guys in . 

With these words, some forget Syracuse is playing basketball in 2014. Many questions surround this upcoming season with hopeful cornerstones Chris McCullough and Kaleb Joseph joining the mix as immediate-impact players. Hard to not look ahead, but by no means should SU fans consider next year a complete wash. But again, it’s difficult to shade ourselves.

A Calipari-esque starting five is in the works, people. Two guys (if Bryant commits) inside the Top 20 sets the tone for a monster, exciting 2015 campaign. Boeheim loves Richardson. Just about a year ago now, Boeheim and Mike Hopkins attended the Peach Jam AAU tournament to watch Malachi play. As for Bryant, well, he’s been a long-time target. Hopkins has watched Bryant develop for years dating back to Bryant’s high school days at Bishop Kearney HS. In relation to Boeheim’s ticking coaching tenure, the Hopkins-Bryant relationship indicates Hop should stick around to MAYBE coach the stud forward he’s scouted all these years.

Syracuse doesn’t even have enough scholarships left to land Bryant, for now. Assuming a player declares for the draft or a possible transfer, the Orange should make every effort to make space for Bryant. CBSSports.com’s Jeff Borzello reports Bryant and SU have arranged an official visit.

And of course, just like he mentioned prior to Syracuse-Duke at Cameron Indoor this past February, Boeheim wants to continue coaching for as long as he can. That’s what he said sitting next to Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski on ESPN. How can he not? Hop has the respect of these recruits, too, but Boeheim is the man.

For Boeheim to come out of nowhere and jump ahead a year and a half to praise a recruiting class means Syracuse isn’t far way (in case you thought they weren’t) from being a Top-10 powerhouse once again. The Thomas Bryant watch is officially on in full force. Maybe it already was for most SU fans. Sorry we’re late. Enjoy next year but just remember if all else fails, Jim Boeheim loves the Class of 2015.   

Posted by: Brendan Glasheen 

7 Comments on this Post

  1. Great article Brendan. when I first heard of this 6’10”, 5-star forward Thomas Bryant,I started hoping that Syracuse would go after this kid out of the Rochester area. What your telling us is that Coach Hopkins has been after him for a few years now. WOW!!!!!!!

    I hope he decides to come to Syracuse. The down side of the 2015 class is I feel probably 3 from that class will be “ONE AND DONE”type of players.

  2. Cuse17

    No so bad.. Jimmy wins another National Championship and calls it a day!
    Make a great story

  3. Cuse17;

    I’ve been saying the same thing for the last three years,with the talent that syracuse has had,if they were to win another championship then Boeheim would retire.

    With Duke having the #1 ranked team and UNC having the #4 ranked team in 2014,along with Syracuse having the #1 ranked team in 2015 basketball should be really interesting over the next few years,we’re all going to be watching a mini verson of the NBA for at least one season.

    The thing to watch in 2015 will be how Boeheim uses this talent. Will he be like Calipari of Kentucky and put this starting five on the coart as freshmen over the guys that’s already been playing for a year? Next thing to remember is Syracuse will be able to take the 2015 team on the road for 4/5 exhibition games before the season starts and will experiment to see how these kids work/play together during a game.

    Growing pains are sometimes painful. Syracuse will experience them in 2015 and we’re going to have to wait to see if the Dr. will hold them to a minimum.

    Everything that I’ve read on this Bryant kid tells me he’s a force to reckoned with,a monster in the middle of the lane that plays a physical game. We’ve never had a 6’10” center that’s played that type of game. I’m really looking forward to watching him play. As far as I’m concerned,if he play’s the game the way that people are saying/writing about him then comparing him to Bill Russell would be justified.

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