Syracuse fans’ excitement is building in a crescendo for the upcoming basketball season, as the Orange look poised to be a legitimate force in the ACC. However, looking ahead, there are question marks surrounding the 2017-18 season as Syracuse is still waiting to land its first commit in the 2017 recruiting cycle after they missed out on Brandon Randolph. That domino might fall sooner rather than later as five-star guard Quade Green has narrowed his list of potential schools down to five and the Orange are still in the mix.
Green is also considering Duke and Kentucky and two schools from his home town of Philadelphia in Temple and Villanova. Though there are other national powerhouses on Green’s list, it might not be a stretch to call the Orange the favorite to land the nation’s fourth ranked point guard in the 2017 cycle.
Green took an unofficial visit back in August and then again two weeks ago. If that wasn’t enough, Green will be back on the Hill on Friday, to watch the Orange officially kick off the new season at Orange Madness. Boeheim has employed his assistant, Gerry McNamara to recruit the guard but there is no clear time table for his decision.
Landing Quade Green would be massive for Boeheim and the Orange. Syracuse very well may have one guard on the roster for the 2017-18 season. John Gillon and Andrew White are both done after this season and Tyus Battle is a potential one-and-done. Syracuse is going to, likely, need to bring in at least two guards in the 2017 cycle, whether that’s freshmen or more transfers. Quade Green would surely be a great place to start.
Also, we saw it in football, landing a recruit can have a trickle down effect. Syracuse football was stuck at three commits for the longest time in football and then pieces started to fall into place after that cold streak was broken. The Orange are awaiting that first commit and it might be Quade Green and it will likely come sooner rather than later.
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