There is no question that it has been a roller-coaster of a recruiting cycle for the Orange this year. It seemed like Syracuse had an elite point guard locked up in Quade Green, only for him to decide to go to Kentucky. The Orange are now left in a bit of a pickle, with a recruiting class far below where Syracuse fans are used to and expect. However, there is still a chance that Syraucse’s fortunes can change, and in a big way. Four-star forward Jordan Tucker has narrowed his list to Syracuse and Georgia Tech, with a decision set to come as early as this week.
Tucker, who is from White Plains, New York but has spent the last two years in Atlanta, will make an unofficial visit to Georgia Tech on Wednesday and Scout reports that he may make his decision on where to play next season shortly thereafter.
Landing Tucker would be big for the Orange in two ways. The first is the obvious. If Tucker decides to come to the Hill, Syracuse’s recruiting class would skyrocket from the mid-fifties nationally to 14, and fourth in the ACC. The second is it would, or at least should, send a wave of calm throughout Orange Nation. There is a real, and to a certain extent, justified sense of anxiety among Syracuse fans. The program, despite what Boeheim may say or think, is in a legitimate slump, missing the tournament two of the last three years and losing its head coach designate to the University of Washington.
If Orange fans are looking for more good news, Eric Ayala, the four-star guard, who has reportedly been considering reclassifying from 2018 to 2017 has not ruled out reclassifying. It had been previously reported that the Delaware native was content to sit back and let things unfold and remain in the Class of 2018. However, Ayala has not ruled out reclassification and will make his decision before the deadline this summer. Surely, Syracuse fans would welcome Ayala in either class with open arms, but if the Orange can land him one year sooner, that’s all for the better.
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