Syracuse Basketball: Updated Look at the Orange's 2013 Recruiting Class

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Syracuse Basketball: Updated Look at the Orange's 2013 Recruiting Class
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Syracuse is used to having one of the top recruiting classes year in and year out. Head coach Jim Boeheim has shown that he still has the ability to bring in top talent. The 2013 class is shaping up to be no different.

Currently, ESPN has Syracuse ranked as the eighth-best class.

The Orange have five commitments, two of which are ranked nationally in the top 100. They did, however, recently miss out on the top center in the nation, Dakari Johnson, when he chose Kentucky over 'Cuse.

Syracuse is still holding out hope that small forward Andrew Wiggins could decide to join the class. Wiggins is the top recruit in the nation and is also considering offers from top schools such as Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina and Ohio State.  

Below is a list of the five 2013 Syracuse commits along with a brief synopsis of each.

Note: All ratings are courtesy of Rivals.com

 

PG Tyler Ennis, 4-star 

Photo courtesy of 247sports.com http://247sports.com/Player/Tyler-Ennis-14767

Tyler Ennis is a point guard recruit whom Rivals.com ranks as the fourth-best at his position. He is a good shooter and an excellent passer who will have an opportunity to make an early impact for the Orange. Current point guard Michael-Carter Williams will likely declare for the NBA draft after this season.

According to his ESPN Recruiting Nation scouting report, "Ennis can run the offense and is a terrific play maker and crafty finisher in the lane."

Ennis is ranked 44th in the ESPN 100.

 

F Tyler Roberson, 4-star 

Photo courtesy of 247sports.com http://247sports.com/Player/Tyler-Roberson-20201

A forward who can play at both the power and the small position, Tyler Roberson has the length that will make him a difficult matchup down low. Rivals.com has him listed as the seventh-best small forward, while ESPN lists Roberson as the No. 10 power forward.

Head coach Jim Boeheim will love having a post player as versatile as Roberson is. His defensive ability will be a great fit for Syracuse's 2-3 zone.

From Recruiting Nation, "He's very active defensively with terrific instincts on that end of the floor. He covers the court, gets deflections, and blocks shots."

Roberson is 27th in the ESPN 100.

 

SF B.J. Johnson, 3-star 

Photo courtesy of 247sports.com http://247sports.com/Player/BJ-Johnson-21058

B.J. Johnson is next in a line of recent Syracuse players (Scoop Jardine, Rick Jackson, Rakeem Christmas) who hail from the Philadelphia area. Johnson is a small forward who plays for Kobe Bryant's alma mater at Lower Merion.

Johnson needs to increase his size and work on his raw skill. According to ESPN, "He's a work in progress with strong tools."

He isn't likely to see much time in the Orange rotation next year, but has the potential to develop into a solid collegiate player.

 

C/PF Chinonso Obokoh, 3-star 

Photo courtesy of 247sports.com http://247sports.com/Player/Chinonso-Obokoh-15335

Its no surprise that Syracuse landed a solid recruit from New York. Chinonso Obokoh will bring size to the Orange frontcourt. He has both the build and the ability to fit at either center or power forward.

This season, Boeheim has several post players who have height and can be rotated into different spots of the zone. Obokoh will be a perfect fit with guys like Jerami Grant and DaJuan Coleman.

He will need to improve on the offensive end, but his defense and shot-blocking ability should make him a valuable commodity down the road for the Orange.

 

SG Ron Patterson, 3-star 

Photo courtesy of 247sports.com http://247sports.com/Player/Ron-Patterson-11973

Ron Patterson is a shooting guard who is actually rated as a 4-star recruit by ESPN. His scouting report calls him "a physically gifted guard with a chiseled and rock solid physique, long arms, and high level athleticism."

He will be a great addition and add needed depth in the Syracuse backcourt. Both starting guards from this season will be gone in 2013 as Brandon Triche is a senior and Michael Carter-Williams is projected to be a high NBA pick.

Patterson was actually a member of the 2012 class for the Indiana Hoosiers, but decided to do a year of prep school. He ended up signing with the Orange November 3, 2012.

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