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Syracuse Basketball Recruiting: ESPN Ranks 2015 Class At No. 7

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The final 2015 player and team rankings were released Tuesday. See where the Orange ended up.

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On Tuesday, ESPN released their final player rankings, as well as their final team rankings.

When the team rankings were initially released, Syracuse came in at No. 6. Three hours later, Derryck Thornton reclassified to 2015 and verbally committed to Duke. That bumped the Blue Devils from No. 11 to No. 2, and dropped Syracuse to seventh.

After Thornton committed, ESPN entered him as the 17th-best player in the class, which moved each Syracuse Orange signee down one spot.

All four Syracuse signees finished in the ESPN100, and all four were rated as 4-star prospects.

Malachi Richardson was ranked No. 23 and Moustapha Diange finished at No. 56. Tyler Lydon and Frank Howard rounded out the 2015 class, coming in at No. 74 and No. 92, respectively.

Frank Howard, a 6-5 guard from Fairfax (Va.), dropped due to his absence from the various all-star games. Howard skipped out on six all-star games once Paul VI High School's season ended. Over the weekend, he told me he's been working on his game and getting ready for the next level. He missed the Jordan Brand Classic to study for upcoming exams. He'll be on campus later this week for his official visit.