Syracuse: Breaking Down the Four 5-Star Recruits Still Considering the Orange
Jim Boeheim has been masterful with his recruiting tactics throughout his time at Syracuse. In fact, since 1998, Boeheim has landed 20 Top-50 recruits, which is 3.08 percent of all Top-50 recruits since 1998 (source: College Stat Sheet).
However, Boeheim has struggled to have as much success in recruiting Top-10 high school players. Boeheim has only had two Top-10 recruits, or 1.75 percent of all Top-10 recruits since 1998.
The team has already signed 4-star point guard Tyler Ennis, and has a few other players on the horizon. there are four ESPN 5-star recruits from the high school class of 2013 that are still considering signing with the Orange. Here is a breakdown of all four of these prep stars.
James Young is the fifth overall recruit in the class of 2013, and has medium interest in signing with the Orange. Young is also the second-rated shooting guard on ESPN.com.
Young is a gifted athlete with a terrific three-point shot, and is just a natural born scorer. If Young signs with Syracuse, he has the chance to be the team's leading scorer as a freshman.
James would also fill some of the Orange's needs. Brandon Triche, the team's starting shooting guard, is a senior and someone will need to fill the shooting guard void. Although Trevor Cooney is a solid option, James Young would be a major upgrade.
There are some downsides if James Young decides to sign with the Orange. The first one is that he occasionally displays a lack of effort when on the basketball court. If Young does that in Syracuse, him and coach Jim Boeheim could have some issues.
In addition, Young is capable of being a one-and-done player for the Orange. Although he would contribute in his freshman season, it may be more worthwhile to sign someone who will be on the team for the long run.
Noah Vonleh is the seventh-rated player on ESPN.com and is the third-rated power forward in the class of 2013. Vonleh recently reclassified to become eligible to play college basketball during the 2013-2014 season.
Vonleh has terrific ball handling skills for a power forward, which allows him to create his own shot. Vonleh also has a good post-up game for a high school player. In addition, he is also a terrific rebounder, and is constantly active on the glass.
Although Vonleh has a good mid-range shot, if he can improve his three-point shooting he will be nearly impossible to guard. Overall, Vonleh has to learn how to be a more effective scorer.
Two of the Orange's key power forwards in C.J. Fair and James Southerland are both upperclassmen and will need to be replaced. Vonleh can step right in and be a solid contributor for Syracuse from day one, if he decides to go Orange.
Wayne Selden is ranked 14th on ESPN.com and ranks as the No. 2 small forward in the class of 2013. Selden is also a former high school teammate of former top Orange recruit, Nerlens Noel. Hopefully, Selden decides to take a different path than Noel, and sign with the Orange.
Wayne is also another player who recently reclassified from the class of 2014 to the class of 2013.
Selden is a terrific athlete who penetrates the lane and attacks the rim consistently. He is also overpowering for the small forward position, and uses it to his advantage.
The one weakness of his game is that he is not a very good long-range shooter. Selden will need to develop his shot in order to compete in the ACC. Lastly, Selden is just 6'4'' which is undersized for the small forward position.
If Selden chooses the Orange, look for him to get immediate playing time.
Jermaine Lawrence is the 17th rated player on ESPN.com and the ninth-rated power forward in the class of 2013.
Lawrence is an extremely gifted player. He possesses both the skill and physical ability to be a great player in college and in the NBA. Lawrence is a terrific athlete who can also knock down the three-pointer. In addition, he has developed a solid post-game that helps him stand out from the rest of his class.
Lawrence's game seems to be the most ready for the next level out of these four recruits. If he decides to go with the Orange, look for him to compete for the starting power forward job from day one.