Syracuse plans to host five recruits this coming weekend, and the result of this could determine the long-term future of the program. Here are the five players visiting:
Taurean Thompson (2016)
Thompson is clearly the most important of the five visiting, as SU is actively pursuing the big man to join the team for next season. Thompson, who was originally considered a favorite to choose Syracuse, has seen his options diversify. Recently, he visited Seton Hall and UConn, while he is considering Georgetown, Providence, and Xavier. Ranked as the 90th-overall recruit in the country, he could make SU’s front court one of the best in the country with his commitment. This weekend would be pivotal if just Thompson were visiting, let alone four other players.
Matthew Moyer (2016)
Moyer was the Orange’s first of two commitments for the class of 2016 and will take a visit to the hill with three other players. If anything, Moyer can recruit Thompson heavily along with the coaching staff this weekend. Moyer is a 6-foot-8 forward that is part of a bolstered frontcourt for next season.
Jordan Tucker (2017)
SU is still seeking its first commitment for its class of 2017, which is rather surprising. In the past, the Orange has earned commitments from players like Chris McCullough, Malachi Richardson, and Moyer early on in the cycle. Perhaps Boeheim’s approaching retirement is affecting recruits, but it’s officially crunch time for the recruiting class of 2017. Tucker is a four-star forward out of White Plains, NY who has a plethora of offers ranging from UConn to Indiana, and Maryland to St. John’s. He has also announced a visit to Indiana. The 6-foot-7 forward has a nice outside game to compliment his inside scoring. The 30th-best recruit in the class has held his SU offer for over a year.
Hamidou Diallo (2017)
When Michael Carter-Williams, Tyler Ennis, and potentially Richardson all leave early for the draft, it’s important to continuously bring in guards to fill the void. Diallo, a 6-foot-5 guard fits the 2-3 zone perfectly and is the top shooting guard in the class. He holds offers from all the powerhouse programs, like Kentucky, Duke, and Kansas. Getting Diallo would be a huge coup for Boeheim and Hopkins and it would dramatically change the outlook for 2017 and beyond. Diallo’s best trait is his athleticism and size.
Quade Green (2017)
The lowest-ranked of the three, Green is still a huge talent that the Orange could greatly benefit from. Although just 5-foot-11 on paper, Green is a knockdown three-point shooter. With the Orange looking to bring in grad transfers to bolster the offense this season, three-point shooting recruits should be welcomed with open arms. The 41st-best player in the class, Green attends the same school that produced Scoop Jardine and Rick Jackson. Although he holds offers from Duke, Michigan State, and Louisville, 247sports considers SU the favorite to land the marksman. Green, too, has held his offer from Syracuse for over a year.