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Syracuse Basketball Recruiting: Orange In Contact With Keita & Murray

Syracuse is after 2016 center Sedee Keita and guard Jamal Murray. Where do the Orange stand?

2016 guard Jamal Murray
2016 guard Jamal Murray
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As we all know, Syracuse has made 5-star guard Tyus Battle the top priority for the class of 2016. With his recruitment hanging in the balance, it puts the Syracuse Orange coaching staff in a tough position.

The coaching staff and Tyus are currently working on scheduling an official visit to get the 6-6 guard back on campus. Battle has visited Syracuse numerous times.

Whether Battle chooses Syracuse or not, the Orange need to sign two players for the class of 2016. SU already has a commitment from 6-8 forward Matthew Moyer, which leaves one spot remaining. If Battle doesn't work out, where will Syracuse focus their attention?

Earlier today, I reached out to Sedee Keita. Syracuse offered Keita last July, and have quietly stayed in contact ever since. Assistant coach Gerry McNamara is Keita's primary recruiter. Sedee, a 6-10 center from South Carolina, told me his interest level in Syracuse is "pretty high."

He holds offers from: Iowa State, UMass, Memphis, Penn State, South Carolina, Syracuse, Temple, Tennesse, Texas Tech and UNLV. He's received interest from Kansas and Villanova, as well.

Another 2016 target the Orange have been in contact with is 4-star point guard Jamal Murray of Toronto, ON.

Despite offering Kobi Simmons on Thursday, Syracuse remains interested and in-contact, a source confirmed to NunesMagician.

Jamal stands at 6-foot-5 and is proven to be a dominant scorer. Last Saturday, Murray scored 30 points and added 5 assists in a 103-101 over Team USA. He followed up that performance with 29 points, 10 assists and 8 rebounds on Tuesday night in the BioSteel All-Canadian game.

There are confirmed reports regarding Murray potentially reclassifying to 2015. If that happened, Syracuse likely wouldn't continue their pursuit. After Thomas Bryant chose Indiana, the staff closed the books on the 2015 class indicating they will start their scholarship reduction next season.

Earlier this week, the Kentucky Wildcats extended an offer to Murray. Duke reached out to Murray this past week as well, but have not offered a scholarship.