Syracuse Basketball: Report Card for Jim Boeheim on the 2013 Recruiting Trail
The Syracuse Orange have once again landed a top-10 recruiting class for 2013. Head coach Jim Boeheim has made a habit of restocking his team each season with new talent. ESPN has the Orange ranked as the No. 6 recruiting class in the nation.
This marks the fourth time since 2007 that Syracuse ranks in the top 10 of recruiting.
The class consists of five total players, including four 4-star recruits and one 3-star recruit, as rated by ESPN Recruiting Nation.
Boeheim did a great job this year of recruiting in the traditional 'Cuse hotspots. The New York/New Jersey area has always been good to the Orange, producing recruits such as Jonny Flynn, James Southerland and Brandon Triche.
2013 is no different.
Syracuse top recruit Tyler Roberson, ranked 27th in the ESPN 100, hails from Union, NJ. Roberson is one of the top forwards in the nation and will see early playing time next season. His defensive ability will make him a key down low in the 2-3 zone.
Tyler Ennis, another New Jersey prospect, may end up being the gem of the class. Ennis is rated as a 4-star recruit by Recruiting Nation and is ranked 38th in the ESPN 100. He is one of the top point guards in the nation and is a great addition for the Orange.
Center Chinonso Obokoh, who is from Rochester, NY, is a 3-star recruit who will provide depth in the Orange frontcourt.
The Philadelphia area has also produced several strong Orange players over the past few seasons. Scoop Jardine and Rick Jackson played important roles in years past. Rakeem Christmas is a current member who hails from the City of Brotherly Love.
Small forward B.J. Johnson, who ESPN rates as a 4-star recruit, is from Lower Merion High School outside of Philadelphia. Though he likely won't play right away, he could be an important signing down the road.
Boeheim did an excellent job of focusing on these areas that have provided past recruiting success.
He also showed that he's capable of recruiting in areas not usually associated with Syracuse.
Guard Ron Patterson, a 4-star recruit from Indianapolis, was originally slated to be a member of the Indiana Hoosiers' 2012 class. He instead opted for a year of prep school and ultimately decided on the Orange.
If there is a knock on this recruiting class, it's that there's not the marquee name to get people really talking. The Orange missed out on New York City native Dakari Johnson. The top center of the 2013 class, Johnson decided to head to Kentucky.
Overall, Boeheim showed that he still has what it takes to be a top recruiter. He added five solid guys that will provide needed depth and fit well into his system. At least two of the five will make an immediate impact next season.
Recruiting Grade: A
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