After Syracuse received a verbal commitment from 2015 4-star guard Frank Howard last week, there has been a lot of discussion on how this recruiting class will play out. Right now, the Orange have the top ranked class for 2015. With commitments from 5-star G Malachi Richardson, and 4-star F Tyler Lydon, SU will continue to reload.
In addition to the three commitments thus far, Syracuse has a few top prospects still left on their board. 5-star F/C Thomas Bryant, 5-star PF Moustapha Diagne, and 5-star SF Derrick Jones.
Thomas Bryant, 6'9" Power Forward: A native of Rochester, NY, is at the top of Syracuse's big board. Bryant has visited the Dome many times, and has ties to the program. Thomas' former high school teammate Chinonso Obokoh is a red-shirt freshman at Syracuse. Many have expected Thomas to commit to Syracuse by now, but he has remained very quiet throughout his recruitment. After transferring to Huntington Prep in West Virginia, his recruitment has been reported to be a battle between West Virginia and Syracuse. This, however, is a battle that Syracuse should win.
Moustapha Diagne, 6'9' Power Forward: Moustapha has been very high on Syracuse throughout his recruitment thus far. Diagne reminds me a lot of Baye Keita. A very good defender, and very long. He would fit perfectly in the 2-3 zone. Tapha has a better offensive game that Keita does, and could be an instant big man impact at Syracuse. I wouldn't be surprised if Diagne was SU's final commit for 2015. He visited for the Duke game, and loved it. Moustapha is getting national attention from elite programs. The Orange are in the mix for Tapha, and the fit would be right.
Derrick Jones, 6'6" Small Forward: Derrick is a very elite talent in the 2015 class. Holding offers from every major D1 program, Jones has showed very high interest in Syracuse. Jones, another long and athletic wing, could make an instant impact at Syracuse. With his build, Derrick would fit ideally in Coach Boeheim's 2-3 zone. A very good scorer, Jones is a traditional run-and-gun type player. He would fit in very well with SU's transitional play. Most believe his recruitment will ultimately come down to Kentucky and Syracuse, which could be scary. Calipari is one of the best in the business, but Hopkins isn't so bad either.
With Frank Howard committing last week, many believe that SU will try to land either Diagne or Bryant for their final commitment. Derrick Jones isn't an everyday talent, which throws a major curve ball at Syracuse. If Jones wants to commit to Syracuse, the coaching staff can't pass up that type of talent. There has been discussion on how many Syracuse will take in 2015. Right now, I believe there is one spot left in the 2015 class. Look for the Orange to land either Diagne or Bryant. With that said, the staff wouldn't pass on Derrick Jones either.