After it had settled in that we were almost definitely not going to get Nerlens Noel last night (although I thought Georgetown was going to claim the prize...whatever), I was really glad that the whole saga was finally coming to an end. While it would've been nice to land the lauded recruit, we still have a pretty tremendous, albeit small, class coming in with DaJuan Coleman and Jerami Grant. If you include Trevor Cooney, who will be a redshirt freshman next year, we have a lot of promising young basketball players ready to suit up for Syracuse next season.
However, recruiting never ends. Now that 2012 is all but wrapped up, who are Syracuse's main targets for 2013? Here's a list of the names we will be fawning over for the next year or so.
PG Tyler Ennis
6'2", 180 lbs, St. Benedict Prep (Newark, NJ)
Scout: 5* (#4 PG), Rivals: 4*, ESPN: 4* (#7 PG)
Ennis is really the model Syracuse point guard. He's around 6'2"-6'3" with room to grow, he's adept at running an offense with talented players, and he's a good defender from what I gather. I've heard some compare him to Scoop skill wise because of his skill-set, but he probably has a higher basketball IQ than Scoop did in HS. Ennis probably wouldn't be prone to as many of the bonehead plays that Scoop made in his younger days.
Ennis is originally from Canada, which should give us somewhat of an upper hand. He is probably our number one recruit for the 2013 class, and we're definitely among his top schools as evidenced from his appearances at Midnight Madness and the game against UConn. He also has offers from Arizona, Georgetown, Kansas, Louisville, Missouri, N.C. State, and other big time schools.
C Goodluck Okonoboh
6'9", 215 lbs, Tilton School (Tilton, NH)
Scout: 4* (#7 C), Rivals: 3*, ESPN: 90 (3*, #12 C)
While we struck out with Noel, we still have a great shot with his right hand man at Tilton, Goodluck Okonoboh. Goodluck is a mini-Noel in many ways; he's a long, rangy player who can probably play either the four or five in our zone, and he even has a mini flat-top. It will be interesting to see how he progresses as a HS senior as "the man" in the inside for Tilton and his AAU club BABC.
Goodluck seems to be really high on Syracuse, and in my opinion if we really want him, he's our's to lose. He reportedly has offers from Minnesota, Pitt, Providence, Missouri and Gonzaga in addition to Syracuse.
SG Stanford Robinson
6'4", 175 lbs, Paul VI HS (Fairfax, VA)
Scout: 4* (#9 SG), Rivals: 3*, ESPN: 4* (#13 SG)
Robinson has been coming on strong in the recruiting scene recently, and could be ready to really explode in the rankings. From how he's described, he seems like a Triche-type player, with solid range out behind the arc, who needs to attack the rim more. He also has a reputation as a good defender. Robinson is in Autry's prime recruiting location down in Virginia, so expect him to head up this one.
Stanford holds offers from N.C. State, Nova, Pitt, Marquette, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and others. We have not offered yet.
C BeeJay Anya
6'8", 255 lbs, DeMatha Catholic HS (Hyattsville, MD)
Scout: 5* (#1 C), Rivals: 4*, ESPN: 4* (#1 C)
Jerami Grant's high school teammate BeeJay Anya is currently the top center in his class, and is an interesting prospect for the Orange to look at. On one hand, he is only listed at 6'8", and in reality may only be 6'6" or 6'7", which would be pretty short for someone anchoring the zone. However, he has a freakish pterodactyl wingspan of 7'9", which helps make up for some of the height. He's a bullish center in the vein of Arinze Onuaku and DaJuan Coleman, and is a fairly dominant rebounder. However, there are questions about his athleticism and his work effort.
Anya has offers from almost everyone, including Florida, Georgetown, Indiana, Kansas, Louisville, N.C. State, Ohio State, UCLA, Pitt, and Texas.
For more on SU Basketball recruiting, check out Dean Francis' blog Otto's World.
There are other targets including SF Rondae Jefferson and PF Tyler Roberson, who are both top recruits at their positions. Among all of the uncertainty that comes with recruiting, one thing is sure- Syracuse is doing a great job of identifying and contending for top talent every year.