As many have already documented, Syracuse basketball has yet to secure a commitment in the 2017 recruiting class. In fact, the Orange hasn’t really gotten close. The Orange’s top targets haven’t been saying much about their recruitments, but in the past few days a pair of key players with Syracuse offers started to make noise.
Quade Green made the biggest news of the week when he announced the day he’d make his decision:
Committing nov 19 😏
— LiL AI (@Q_Green1) November 3, 2016
Green is the No. 22 recruit in the 2017 class, according to ESPN. He’s been on Syracuse’s radar for a long time, and is near the top of Jim Boeheim’s recruiting board. SU is competing with Duke, Kentucky, Villanova and Temple for Green’s services.
November 19 is important because it’s after the last day of the early signing period, which is the week of November 9-16. Both Tyus Battle and Matthew Moyer signed with the Orange during this time, and before them Tyler Lydon, Malachi Richardson and Frank Howard. If Green doesn’t sign before the 16th, he won’t be able to until April. As Syracuse football recruiting has shown us, that’s a lot of time for a player to change his mind.
Hamidou Diallo, another top recruit in the 2017 class, got closer to a decision Tuesday. He narrowed his list of schools to six, and Syracuse made the cut:
Final 6. pic.twitter.com/tQD7XaBmvx
— Hamidou diallo (@Diallo1Hamidou) November 1, 2016
Making the top six is great, but Syracuse has some powerhouse competition in this one and rightfully so. Diallo is the top shooting guard in the 2017 class, and No. 10 overall in ESPN’s rankings. I’d normally say this is a longshot for the Orange, but it’s been rumored that Diallo and Green are interested in playing together at the next level. Syracuse and Kentucky are the only schools still alive for both players.
SU doesn’t have anyone committed in the 2017 class, but that could all change very soon. By the end of the month, the Orange could have one of the best recruiting classes in the nation.