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Syracuse Hard at Work While Waiting for Taurean Thompson Decision

Syracuse sets its sights on players in the 2017 and 2018 cycle.

It is the longest, most talked about and, in some people’s minds, the most frustrating story of the summer. Taurean Thompson remains a top target for Syracuse next season and he is now the only player ranked in ESPN’s top 100 who has not made his college decision for next season. However, Syracuse’s staff is not just sitting around waiting for Thompson. They are working for the future.

Jim Boeheim’s staff jumped on the opening of the 2018 recruiting cycle, which began Wednesday, by extending an offer to the number 5 ranked player in that class, Cam Reddish. Syracuse is one of four big-time programs that have made an offer to Reddish so far. He holds offers from Duke, Kentucky and the defending national champions, Villanova.

He is considred a combination guard but stands at 6-foot-7. Syracuse fans will be familiar with a man who is 6-7 and can handle the basketball, as Michael Gbinije boasted the same characteristics. However, it is also important to remember that he is only 16 and very well may grow and develop into either a small or power forward.

Obviously, it is incredibly early in Reddish’s recruiting cycle. He may change as a player and coaches’ and experts’ opinions may change of him over the next year or two before he makes his college decision. However, it is certainly someone Syracuse fans should keep an eye on.

Of course, the 2017 class will still be a priority for Boeheim and co. They have offers out to some big-time players for what Boeheim has said will be his final season and we here on the Fizz have covered some of the biggest names and those most interested in the Orange including Quade Green and Jordan Tucker.

Syracuse is set to lose DaJuan Coleman and Tyler Roberson, at the minimum after next season. Tyler Lydon may make the jump to the NBA and who knows about Tyus Battle. In short, Syracuse needs to get several players in the next couple of recruiting classes and the coaching staff is making sure that they do just that.

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