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Syracuse Basketball Recruiting: Jordan Brand Classic Results

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All four 2015 signees were invited to the Jordan Brand Classic, but only three played. How did they perform and where was Frank Howard?

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All four 2015 Syracuse Orange signees were invited to the Jordan Brand Classic in Brooklyn, NY. Tyler Lydon and Moustapha Diagne played in the regional game, while Malachi Richardson played in the national game.

Frank Howard was a late scratch from the Jordan Brand Classic. His reasoning: academics. I asked Frank on Friday night how things were going, he responded: "Everything is great. I have some important tests coming up that I can't miss." That is exactly the type of student-athlete any program would want.

Howard confirmed to NunesMagician that he'll be taking his official visit on April 23, which will force him to miss some school. That was also factored into his absence from the Jordan Brand Classic.

One thing to keep in mind, Frank was invited to six all-star games and turned down all six. He told me he's focused on getting ready for the next level.

For the Syracuse signees that played, Tyler Lydon stole the show. Lydon finished with 13 points and 6 rebounds, while going 6-for-6 from the floor. Draft express took his performance to the next level with this brief evaluation.

Late last night, I got a chance to talk with Tyler. He was excited about how well he played, and touched on playing with Diagne, "It was a lot of fun (playing with Tapha). We got a chance to bond and get a feel for each others game."

Moustapha Diagne was also impressive. The 6-9 forward finished with 7 points on 2-of-9 shooting, dished out 3 assists and went a perfect 3-for-3 from the free-throw line. Tapha runs the court very well for a big man. One thing I noticed right away, Diagne has put on solid muscle. He's much bigger and stronger than when Syracuse first started to recruit him. The Pope John product is known for his incredible work ethic.

Malachi Richardson played in the national game. The 6-5 guard is up to 210 pounds, adding muscle and strength before stepping on campus. Malachi went 1-of-6 from the field, scoring just three points. One thing not many people talk about with Richardson is his athleticism. Malachi is extremely active on defense, runs very well and doesn't take any plays off. The NJ Gatorade Player of the Year will fit in well in the 2-3 zone, and will be a dominant threat on the offensive end.

All in all, Friday night was a very good showing for the 2015 class. Diagne, Lydon and Richardson all played well, and Frank Howard is continuing to work on his game before getting to Syracuse. The future is bright, and this class has a chance to be very special.