What does Syracuse basketball do after losing Jordan Tucker to Duke?
May 13, 2017 - Basketballs
Syracuse, N.Y. — There’s an aged observant in college basketball circles per recruiting.
The best answer we can get from a partisan is yes. The second-best answer is no.
Syracuse got a second-best answer from Jordan Tucker on Saturday when a highly-regarded 6-foot-7 comparison from Marietta, Ga., announced that he had supposed a grant offer from Duke University.
Syracuse had been a finalist for a No. 40 awaiting in a 2017 class.
A ‘Yes’ from Tucker would have given Syracuse a pivotal partisan to supplement to a 2017 recruiting class. Tucker is deliberate a top-rate shooter, that would have filled an area of need for a Orange.
Getting Tucker also would have supposing a movement boost as a Syracuse coaches get prepared to hurl into a summer recruiting duration in office of players in a 2018 and 2019 classes.
But Tucker chose Duke, that usually came brazen with a grant offer final Sunday after a Blue Devils mislaid out to Kentucky on Top 20 awaiting Kevin Knox.
A ‘No’ from Tucker hurts, obviously. Syracuse could have used his fringe sharpened and his distance and flexibility would have done him a fit during possibly a sharpened ensure or tiny brazen positions.
But a ‘No’ also allows a Syracuse coaches to finish a wait for Tucker and pierce on to other intensity recruits.
Here is a demeanour during Syracuse’s stream recruiting board:
6-6, SF, Brewster Academy
The jaunty Wilson was seen as a Top 75 partisan in a 2018 class, though he recently announced that he competence reclassify into a 2017 class.
He afterwards tweeted out a list of 6 schools that he’s considering: Syracuse, Texas, Florida, UConn, St. John’s and Georgia Tech. He is visiting St. John’s this weekend. He formerly visited UConn.
Syracuse was recruiting Wilson as partial of a 2018 class. With Tucker going to Duke, it would make clarity for Syracuse to ramp adult a office of Wilson.
Wilson checks off a lot of boxes as a Syracuse target. He’s a rangy, jaunty wing. He attacks a basket. He’s also a local of Bronx and attends Brewster (N.H.) Academy, that has constructed SU recruits C.J. Fair, Taurean Thompson and Chris McCullough.
6-9, PF, Slovakia
Syracuse’s seductiveness in Dolezaj was eccentric of a recruitment of Tucker. The dual play opposite positions and a Orange had scholarships for both.
The 18-year-old from Slovakia visited Syracuse final Sunday. That stays his usually revisit to a college in a United States.
Dolezaj is an intriguing actor with a ton of potential. He needs to get stronger and urge his outward shot, though other skills such as ball-handling, mid-range jumper and feel for a diversion are impressive. He’s not a shooter that Tucker is right now, though some scouts contend Dolezag has NBA potential.
Not most is famous about Dolezaj’s recruitment, though schools like Indiana, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest and Georgia Tech are rumored to be interested.
6-4, G, South Florida
Thorpe is a fifth-year connoisseur send from a University of South Florida. He has seductiveness from Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Seton Hall and UMass.
The 6-4 ensure is a Pittsburgh native. He began his career during Penn State. After dual years with a Nittany Lions, he eliminated to South Florida where he sat out a 2015-16 deteriorate and afterwards played final year.
Thorpe led South Florida in both scoring and assists final season. Thorpe averaged 15.1 points and 4.6 assists. He seemed in 28 games and started 27, logging 33 mins per game. He also done 37.5 percent of his 3-point attempts.
Unless Thorpe creates a discerning preference to play for Pitt in his hometown design him to take a revisit to Syracuse after this month. He would be an appealing choice since of his experience, his sharpened ability and his ability to play both backcourt positions.
6-4, G, Putnam (Conn.) Science Academy
Ayala, a member of a 2018 class, had deliberate reclassifying into a 2017 category and personification college round subsequent season.
Syracuse reportedly was really meddlesome in Ayala in that scenario. The solidly-built ensure could hoop both backcourt positions. He’s noticed as a Billy Edelin-type indicate ensure with a improved outward burst shot than a former SU guard.
Recently, however, Ayala has leaned toward staying in a 2018 class. The probability still stays that he could reclassify. If he does so, afterwards Syracuse would seem to be a expected alighting spot.
The 2018 Class
Syracuse already has a burst on a 2018 category after removing a joining from East Carolina send Elijah Hughes progressing this week. Hughes, a 6-6 wing, will lay out a 2017-18 deteriorate and afterwards have 3 years of eligibility remaining.
Hughes is an jaunty wing player. He averaged 7.8 points per diversion as a beginner during East Carolina.
Syracuse has seductiveness in a series of recruits in a 2018 category and several already have offers from a Orange.
A few pivotal names to watch are: Cole Swider (6-7, SF, St. Andrew’s Prep in Barrington, R.I.), Jalen Carey (6-2, PG, Immaculate Conception H.S. in Montclair, N.J.), Darius Bazley (6-8, PF, Princeton H.S. in Cincinnati, Ohio), Jeenathan Williams (6-5, SF, University Prep in Rochester) and Jalen Smith (6-9, PF, Mt. St. Joseph H.S. in Baltimore).
These are only a few prospects that Syracuse is famous to have seductiveness in. The SU coaches reportedly have other recruits on their radar as well.