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Syracuse Tops the ACC in Recruiting

According to ESPN's Final 2013 rankings, Syracuse has the sixth best recruiting class and tops the ACC. Syracuse had previously been ranked seventh, but was bumped up to sixth once the analysts at ESPN had completed their final evaluations. So who did Syracuse overtake for the sixth spot? Their new ACC rival Duke. What caused Syracuse to leapfrog Duke? While conducting their final evaluations, ESPN's experts doled out higher marks for several of Syracuse's recruits than they had previously. Tyler Ennis, after showcasing his skills in the both Jordan Brand game & the National High School Invitation tournament, was elevated to a five star recruit. While some scouting services already had Ennis as a five star, ESPN didn't make him one until they conducted their final analysis of the Class of 2013 on May 1st. B.J. Johnson also got a bump from ESPN evaluators. Originally deemed a three star recruit at the beginning of recruiting process, Johnson was made a four star recruit by ESPN during the season. Upon their final evaluation, ESPN including Johnson in the ESPN Top 100 of the 2013 recruiting class, ranking him 82nd overall, joining Ennis (20th overall) and Tyler Roberson (31st) on that list. So by having Ennis elevated to a five star & Johnson making the Top 100, Syracuse was able to overtake a Duke recruiting that includes the second overall prospect Jabari Parker as the sixth best overall class and the best in the ACC. Amongst the rest of the top 40 recruiting classes, the ACC has North Carolina State ranked 13th, North Carolina 16th, Notre Dame 17th, and Florida State 36th. These rankings are subject to change, however, as top recruit Andrew Wiggins has yet to commit. He's considering two ACC teams, North Carolina & Florida State. Florida State probably wouldn't overtake Syracuse's 6th overall class with the addition of Wiggins, but North Carolina might. Another possible change could come as a result of shooting guard Allerik Freeman. Freeman, who is ranked the 72nd best player in the 2013 class, had originally committed to UCLA; however, he was given his release from the program after coach Ben Howland was fired and replaced with Steve Alford. Freeman was originally considering Duke prior to committing to UCLA, and may again be considering Duke. Duke already has sophomore Rasheed Suliamon and incoming freshman Matt Jones on the roster at shooting guard, which may deter Freeman from choosing Duke. If Freeman were to commit to Duke, another Top 100 player in their 2013 class would likely cause Syracuse & Duke to flip-flop spots once again.
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