Syracuse Basketball Class of 2016 Sits at 21 in the Nation

ESPN ranks Syracuse as the 21st best recruiting class and it may only get better.

A 2016 recruiting class that, as of now, only sees the Orange bringing in a pair of players is ranked as the 21st best in the nation by ESPN. Syracuse is set to bring in Guard Tyus Battle and Forward Matthew Moyer. Things may only get better for the Orange as they are in the midst of a massive recruiting weekend. 

This weekend, seven potential recruits are visiting the hill including uncommitted four-star forward Taurean Thompson. In addition, the Orange are hosting a pair of graduate transfer guards with year of eligibility remaining in former Michigan Wolverine Spike Albrecht and former Colorado Sate Ram John Gillon.

If Syracuse can land another recruit this weekend, the Orange are sure to jump into the top 20 in the class rankings. More importantly, Syracuse has the chance to add, at least one, much needed piece this weekend. Syracuse’s current roster is lacking an experienced guard that can mentor the young guards in Franklin Howard and Tyus Battle. It can be argued that the lack of a mentor contributed to Kaleb Joseph’s struggles. He was thrown into the fire the second he stepped onto to campus and was clearly overwhelmed by the role.

Though Battle may prove to be more talented than both of the two transfer guards, they have college basketball experience and they can teach him, not how to play basketball, but how to handle the life and pressure of a college basketball player.

On the other side, the Orange have a big chance to add a solid 2016 freshman in Taurean Thompson. Syracuse desperately needs depth in the frontcourt, even with the addition of Pascal Chukwu and Thompson could prove to be a crucial player early in his college career.

In short, the class of 2016 is looking strong as the calendar turns from April to May and, as early as this weekend, it has the chance to get even stronger. Syracuse has the chance to not just move up in the recruitment rankings, but also to address some needs and get this 2016-17 team to that next level, whether Malachi Richardson returns to school or not. 

1 Comment on this Post

  1. Chris

    There is only one position that needs help and that the center spot. Presuming that Çhukwu starts we do have Coleman to come in and provide relief if Chucky gets in foul trouble or is in need of rest.The front court might be the strongest ever for Jim. Lydon and Roberson flanking Chucky with Moyer of the bench makes this group dominating on the boards and points we hope. Now that Gillon is coming the back court is in decent shape even after losing Gbinije and Trevor. I expect Howard to improve with his shooting ability in the off season . Battle is going to help BIG.Dembele or Thompson would seal the deal to make the Orange a pre-season favorite to take the NC title in March2017. If Coleman continues to improve even those additions might be superfluous.

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