*UPDATED* Syracuse Basketball: Class of 2015 Recruiting Guide
With the class of 2015 recruiting picking up, it is vital for Syracuse fans to know where the program stands with the remaining targets. Here's a little insight with each target, along with predictions of where they will end up.
First off, the commits are still very much committed. Malachi Richardson and Tyler Lydon are very happy with their decisions to attend SU. Orange fans should not worry about either of them flipping to another school. Malachi visited on February 1 for the Duke game, and Lydon has been very public about how anxious he is to attend school, and play at Syracuse.
Thomas Bryant (5-star PF/C): The Orange remain in good position with the PF from Rochester, NY/Huntington Prep (WV). Bryant visited for the Villanova game on December 28th, and enjoyed himself. As of right now, Syracuse's biggest competitor for Thomas is West Virginia. Thomas has offers from Florida, Miami, Ohio State, Seton Hall, Syracuse, Villanova, and West Virginia. I expect Bryant to end up signing with Syracuse when it's all said and done. West Virginia is still very much involved. Bryant is a talent that attracts only the best programs, his recruitment will be fun to watch play out.
Moustapha Diagne (5-star PF/C): Moustapha is a very important part of SU's 2015 class. Diagne has visited Syracuse multiple times, including SU's 91-89 OT win vs. Duke last Saturday. Many expected a commitment from Diagne last weekend, but the Orange didn't get it. Syracuse is in great position for Moustapha. According to Adam Zagoria of Zagsblog.com, Diagne will slow down his recruitment, and focus on the remainder of his junior season and his academics. I expect Syracuse to land Moustapha. His style of play would fit great in SU's system, and he is the ideal middle man for Boeheim's 2-3 zone.
Frank Howard (4-star G): Howard is coming off of a torn ACL over the summer, and just recently returned to action for Paul VI Catholic. Frank visited Syracuse back in October for Orange Madness, and has said he enjoyed the visit. Many believe, including myself, that his decision will ultimately come down to Syracuse and Georgetown. With only 2 remaining spots left in SU's 2015 class, he could be on the outside looking in. I believe Howard will end up signing with the Hoyas, which would be a nice get for JT3.
Isaiah Briscoe (5-star PG): Isaiah is an extremely talented PG from NJ. A highly rated guard, Briscoe's interest in Syracuse is slowly diminishing. The deciding factor will be playing time. I believe Tyler Ennis will return next season, which does affect Briscoe's playing time. With Kaleb Joseph, a 2014 signee, also coming in next season, there's a lot of depth at the PG position. Ennis will be in the NBA before Briscoe steps on campus at SU, but Joseph will be a full season ahead of him. I believe Isaiah eventually signs with either Seton Hall or St. John's. The fit isn't right at Syracuse, and I think both parties are starting to see it.
Derrick Jones (5-star SF): Derrick Jones is a very highly talented kid from Archbishop John Carroll in Pennsylvania. Jones is a top 3 SF in the 2015 class, and has showed high interest in the Orange. He has growing interest in both SU and Kentucky. Derrick has not visited for a game yet this season. By the end of his recruitment, Jones will have offers from every major D1 program. I believe, as of right now, Syracuse leads with Kentucky right behind. He's an elite player, and one that would fit perfectly with SU's style of play. As of now, Syracuse leads. However, there is a long way to go in his recruitment.