The monkey is finally off the Orange’s back. Syracuse picked up its first recruit in the class of 2017 after Oshae Brissett announced that he is coming to The Hill next year. The 6-9 forward is a nice building block for SU’s 2017 recruiting class, but the Orange could potentially pool together its best crop of newcomers in program history. With so many players guaranteed to leave next season, as well as others who could potentially leave early for the NBA, Syracuse needs more young pieces to remain amongst the elite in the extremely competitive ACC. With that being said, there are some very talented players the Orange has its eyes on.
Quade Green – PG
The highly touted Philly native has been on Syracuse’s radar for a while. Green tweeted that he is making his decision this Friday, and many experts are pegging SU as the likely destination. Green would give the Orange one of the nation’s premier backcourts. The five-star also is an elite turnover creator and led the EYBL in steals. With John Gillon on his way out after this season, Syracuse would welcome Green with open arms to contribute to the newfound Orange depth.
Hamidou Diallo – SG
Diallo is another five-star guard who fits into SU’s system very well. His length at the top of the zone would create a lethal combination when paired with Franklin Howard, Tyus Battle or potentially Green. Syracuse is not as high up on Diallo’s list as the Orange is on Green’s, but don’t count out SU just yet.
Jordan Tucker – SF
Tucker is a four-star recruit who could step right in with the departure of Andrew White III next year. Many experts are picking Syracuse as the destination for the Georgia native, with competition coming from Louisville and Indiana for his services. Tucker is a raw talent, but would slot in nicely as wing player for the Orange to build around.
Bourama Sidibe – C
Syracuse is the most notable school on Sidibe’s list, but that does not always translate to a commitment. With so many players like Paschal Chukwu, Matthew Moyer and Brissett already in the Orange’s frontcourt, Sidibe may see limited opportunity to play and take his talents elsewhere.