The Syracuse men’s basketball program has already received high praise for its commitments from the 2014 recruiting class.
According to ESPN.com, Syracuse now has the No. 4 recruiting class in the nation, and that’s with only two high schoolers committing to coach Jim Boeheim’s program.
Before the Orange nation starts popping open the champagne, it is worth noting that new conference foe North Carolina is listed as the top recruiting class for 2014 with three commits.
For now, however, we will concentrate on the good.
Since 2000, Michael Carter-Williams, Dion Waiters, Wesley Johnson, Jonny Flynn, Carmelo Anthony and Etan Thomas have all been lottery picks in the NBA draft, providing good name recognition for the Syracuse brand.
With Anthony being the only bona fide star of that group, Boeheim has also shown that he can get his players to the next level, regardless of their star power. This has been illustrated by the fact that Hakim Warrick, Andy Rautins, Demetris Nichols, Fab Melo, Kris Joseph, Damone Brown, Jason Hart and Donté Greene have all been drafted in that same time period.
Syracuse’s return to national prominence after a few ho-hum years following the 2003 championship run—fueled by stellar recruiting—has kept the Orange high in the rankings, which leads to continued media coverage, which then leads to more stellar recruiting.
Here’s a look at who is committed to the Orange for 2014, along with one other who may commit to the Orange and what a peak performance from each would look like.