The 2014 Syracuse recruiting class is off to a great start with the commitments of 5-star forward Chris McCullough and 4-star guard Kaleb Joseph.
However, as of today, Syracuse has only one scholarship left to offer for that season. The three scholarships come from the graduation of C.J. Fair and Baye Keita and the early departure of Michael Carter-Williams.
This means, that barring anyone leaving early, the last Orange scholarship is a valuable commodity and must not be treated lightly. Depending on how this season turns out, there could be major holes to fill or just a few spots that need touch-up.
Furthermore, players other than Fair and Keita leaving could be the result of Syracuse having a great season with a few breakout performances or departures could be the result of a mediocre season or disgruntled players.
Don’t forget a truculent Dion Waiters wanted to leave after his freshman season due to lack of playing time among other reasons. Cooler heads prevailed, but that isn’t always the case.
The current crop of players doesn’t seem to have any vitriol towards the program and should mesh together nicely. This is no accident, of course. Head coach Jim Boeheim and his staff have been on a recruiting high and getting players to play in the Syracuse system takes more than just going out and getting the best player available.
That’s not to say that Boeheim wouldn’t take the best player available; it means that there is a desirable mindset, body type and skill level that is required for a student athlete to prosper in the Syracuse system.
Being that there is only one scholarship available, here are the biggest questions that will come up in the Orange’s recruiting plans for the 2014 season.