The Brewster Academy pipeline to Syracuse could feature another player as soon as next season. Four star forward Sid Wilson has reclassified into the Class of 2017 and has dwindled his choices down to six schools, including Syracuse. Among the half dozen, UConn, Florida, Texas, Georgia Tech and St. Johns join SU on Wilson’s list. With Andrew White graduating, the Orange in pursuit of a pair of forwards, the other being Jordan Tucker. Wilson is widely regarded as a top 100 recruit in the Class of 2018 before he reclassified, something Syracuse is without for the upcoming class.
While it is getting late in the process, we saw SU snag players late in the process last year with Taurean Thompson (another Brewster Academy product) and Andrew White. Jim Boeheim has proven that he can win the recruiting game of chicken and secure players late in the process, while others will back out as the school year comes closer.
Wilson is an athletic player who is a great slasher to the hoop, similarly to Tyus Battle’s game. Wilson’s jumper is not as polished as Battle’s. But coming into college, Battle’s jumper was not one of his strengths, however he quickly changed that by establishing himself as one of the Orange’s best shooters from deep. Unlike Battle, Wilson thrives above the rim and could bring an element of excitement to the Orange that has been lacking in recent memory.
It would be tough for Syracuse to snag both Tucker and Wilson because they play the same position, however, as the NCAA’s elite teams have proven, you can never have enough depth or talent on your roster. Having long, athletic wings is something that would be crucial to returning the Orange into the conversation as an upper-echelon program.
Despite the sanctions, Syracuse currently has three open scholarships on their roster for next year. If SU were to fill two of those spots with Tucker and Wilson, that would leave them with one open spot. The Orange gets another scholarship back for the 2018-19 season which would open up two spots, however, that could change if Battle and Thompson prove they are NBA-worthy.