There is no offseason in men‚Äôs basketball, with recruiting taking the front seat now that the season is officially over. Syracuse‚Äôs incoming recruiting class of four has been very active over the last couple weeks. Top prospect Malachi Richardson has struggled in the McDonald‚Äôs All American Game and the Jordan Brand Classic, while other recruits have been excelling.
Moustapha Diagne, perhaps the most overlooked incoming player for the Orange, will be participating in the Mary Kline Classic in West Orange, NJ at the end of May. He will be a part of the Senior All-Star game, which has seen a ton of SU representation in the past few years.
SU has seen some of its best players from the last two years play in the event. Recently declared Chris McCullough played in it last year, while other Orange stars like Tyler Roberson, Tyler Ennis, and even Ron Patterson have starred in the game.
In addition to Diagne, 2016 commit Matthew Moyer will play in the underclassmen game. Moyer is the only player committed in the class of 2016, but he will definitely be doing his due diligence to work on other prospects. The Orange are heavily targeting Sedee Keita, a power forward out of Vermont that measures in anywhere between 6-foot-9 and 6-foot-11. SU is considered a favorite to land the big man, but it is facing stiff competition from other schools like Iowa State and Memphis. He has already been offered a scholarship, and could be the answer for the Orange in the middle of the zone.
Looking two years down the road, Orange targets Trevon Duval and Jordan Tucker will also be playing in the underclassmen game. Both are part of the class of 2017, which means that they have two more years of high school before playing in college. It is extremely hard to project how many scholarships the Orange will have available two years down the road, because any number of players could depart early for the NBA Draft.
These all-star events are very important for SU, a school that recruiting depends heavily on the New York City, New Jersey, Connecticut area. The fact that the school continues to be so heavily represented means that the Orange will be putting top quality players on the court for years to come. The Mary Kline Classic will take place on May 30 starting at 6 p.m.
Posted By: Jason Weingold