Syracuse Basketball: What's Next for Orange on 2015 Recruiting Trail?

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Syracuse Basketball: What's Next for Orange on 2015 Recruiting Trail?
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Jim Boeheim may be pushing 70, but that isn't stopping him from giving John Calipari a run for his money on the recruiting trail.

The Syracuse basketball coach has already landed four commits to his 2015 recruiting class, with Moustapha Diagne's pledge being the latest at the end of May. Diagne joins Malachi Richardson, Franklin Howard and Tyler Lydon as the soon-to-be high school seniors who already have their sights set on college in the Salt City.

Per Mike Waters of Syracuse.com, no other school has as many commitments in 2015. All four of Boeheim's recruits rank in the Top 70 of ESPN's most recent Top 100, which has to give Syracuse the best 2015 class in the nation so far.

Now the question is: What's next? Where can Boeheim and his crew go from here?

It's tough to find an answer to that question right away. According to verbalcommits.com, Syracuse is out of available scholarships now that Diagne has committed. But that doesn't mean Boeheim is done recruiting.

Via Waters, Paul Biancardi said in ESPN's On the Trail Blog (subscription required) that the Orange would still heavily pursue Thomas Bryant out of Rochester, New York. Bryant now attends Huntington Prep in West Virginia.

Thomas Bryant would make the 2015 class elite.

You never know, a spot may open up on Syracuse's roster more quickly than originally expected. No one dreamed of Tyler Ennis being a one-and-done player, and yet here we stand waiting to see where Ennis goes in the upcoming NBA draft.

There is a chance the Orange could have another player only spend one year on campus. Chris McCullough looks the part, and Boeheim even told Donna Ditota at Syracuse.com he thinks the kid has "unlimited potential."

"He is very, very athletic for a big guy and he handles the ball well for someone his size," Boeheim said.

McCullough also told The Juice Online that Boeheim told him he thought he could be a one-and-done player, so McCullough's roster spot could very well open up after 2014-15.

In addition, a player could transfer, which Waters said in a recent chat on Syracuse.com he thinks is more likely than a player leaving for the NBA. With McCullough, Michael Gbinije, Tyler Roberson and B.J. Johnson all competing for forward minutes, someone could get squeezed out of the rotation and decide to look elsewhere for more playing time.

Working just on gut feeling without any inside information, I think Johnson is a candidate to transfer if he doesn't see much more run in his sophomore year.

And we still don't know what to expect from DaJuan Coleman. The big man has missed much of his first two seasons due to knee injuries, and he isn't even fully recovered from his latest surgery. He hasn't been able to stay on the court thus far, so there's no telling what his future holds.

Either way, the Orange will not give up on trying to bring Bryant back to his home state. He would create a good inside combo with Diagne, who is more of a perimeter-oriented big man. Bryant has a more polished offensive game than Diagne and likes to play with his back to the basket.

If Bryant remains uncommitted heading into the 2014-15 season, it could be a sign he is interested in seeing how the roster shakes out. If Boeheim somehow ends up with Bryant, Syracuse's 2015 recruiting class would be an all-timer.

But even if there doesn't end up being room for Bryant, Syracuse's 2015 recruiting class keeps the future bright for the Orange.

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