Syracuse has the top class for 2015 right now, already landing four players ranked in the top 75, including five-star wing Malachi Richardson and four-star prospects Diagne, Tyler Lydon and Franklin Howard. The Orange continue to be one of the strongest forces in recruiting the East coast and Northeast area, and have essentially done all their work for 2015.
After the game, Diagne, a native of Senegal, talked about his decision along with his high school coach Jason Hasson.
Diagne, a 6-8 forward from Pope John XXIII High School in Sparta, N.J., scored 18 points in Team Bravery's 137-105 victory over Howard's Team Inspiration squad. Howard scored all 11 of his points in the second half.
Athlon Sports predicted the Orange to go 6-6 in its second season as an Atlantic Coast Conference member on Monday. In the conference lookahead, Syracuse is slotted fourth in the Atlantic Division with a 3-5 mark in conference play, beating out Boston College on a tiebreaker.
Lenn Brown, an incoming Syracuse University freshman, wowed the crowd at Saturday's Mary Kline Classic with his story of overcoming brain cancer.
3. Syracuse Randy Staats could breakout and be a bonafide Tewaaraton candidate next year, and Staats returns along with Kevin Rice and Dylan Donahue return to lead the offense. That's a great foundation to build around. Four other starters are also back. Bobby Wardwell will assume the starting goaltender job with Dominic Lamolinara graduated. The Orange will miss defenseman Matt Harris' versatility, but Brandon Mullins is a rising star on the back end.Early Top 10 for 2015 (MD1): Look West to Denver | Lacrosse Magazine
3. Syracuse Randy Staats could breakout and be a bonafide Tewaaraton candidate next year, and Staats returns along with Kevin Rice and Dylan Donahue return to lead the offense. That's a great foundation to build around. Four other starters are also back. Bobby Wardwell will assume the starting goaltender job with Dominic Lamolinara graduated. The Orange will miss defenseman Matt Harris' versatility, but Brandon Mullins is a rising star on the back end.
"Based off the information he was getting and the vibe and the feel that he got from Coach McDonald and the defensive backs coach there, he felt wanted, and we told him, 'Go where you're wanted. Go where the school is absolutely interested in recruiting and establishing you as one of their players.' "
Syracuse basketball fans already knew how critical freshman point guard Kaleb Joseph will be to the SU basketball team next year. ESPN's Paul Biancardi took Joseph's importance a step further Monday, naming Joseph No. 4 among the country's most important freshmen.
"I'll be done in December if I get everything done correctly," Jones said.
The Knoxville News-Sentinel reported on Sunday night that Brown was leaving the Volunteers after an injury-plagued redshirt freshman season. The paper reported Brown was plagued by hand injuries and was one of nine defensive ends at Tennessee, including three true freshmen.
MacPherson reunites with former Orange head coach Doug Marrone at Syracuse West, the Bills announced in a release on Monday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"It’s hard to be a fan of the Eagles for 22, 23 years and then all of a sudden become a Giants fan," Pugh said. "One of my friends has an Eagles tattoo; he can’t get rid of that. But they do cheer for the Giants now too. I just don’t get them tickets for the Giants/Eagles games."
So even if the basketball team, which is about a third of the size of the football team, ends up having more players drafted into the NBA than the football team had into the NFL, progress is visible. There are SU guys making moves in the NFL. And that is just fine at this point.
Seth Goldberg takes you through the week in SU athletics. First, Goldberg talks about the impact of Davante Davis’ decommitment from Syracuse. What does it mean for the Orange? Also, can the Orange compete with bigger, better football programs for recruits?
Eskridge posted a video of himself running routes for freshman quarterback A.J. Long on Saturday.