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Syracuse Basketball Recruiting: Which 2016 Guard Will Syracuse Offer Next?

With Tyus Battle off the table, who do the Orange reach out to next?

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With top 2016 target Tyus Battle off the board, Syracuse will likely offer one more guard for the 2016 class. Who will it be?

The three likely candidates are Jamal MurrayQuinton Rose or Howard Washington. All three are very capable guards to play at the next level, and all three have expressed interest in Syracuse.

Howard Washington, a 4-star guard, transferred from Buffalo (NY) to Montverde Academy (FL) where he won a National Championship this past season. Syracuse and Washington have been in contact for over a year now, however the Orange haven't extended an offer. The 6-2 point guard has truly developed his game since last season, and there's only room to grow. I've talked with Howard numerous times, and he expresses high interest in Syracuse each time. Boston College, Memphis, Texas Tech, Notre Dame, Virginia and Virginia Tech are among a few schools that have offered Washington.

Quinton Rose, a 6-5 guard, will be a senior at Bishop Kearney High School in Rochester (NY). Rose, like Washington, has very high interest in the Orange and have remained in contact. Coach Hopkins visited Rose during a sectional game in March and continues to stay in contact. Quinton is your typical Syracuse guard prospect: long, athletic and likes to get out in transition. His skill set continues to grow, as do his offers. Florida State, Miami, Wake Forest, Memphis and Penn State are among a few.

Jamal Murray is the highest rated of the three candidates, and for good reason. Murray has recently discussed reclassification to 2015, but has not yet finalized his decision. If Murray does reclassify, the Orange would hold off his recruitment. Oregon, Missouri, Michigan, Maryland, Illinois, Duke and Kentucky are among a few schools interested in the highly-talented guard. Reports surfaced a few weeks ago that Murray still holds interest in Syracuse. Jamal is good friends with former Syracuse guard Tyler Ennis, who now plays for the Milwaukee Bucks.

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On Friday, the Orange offered 2016 guard Kevin Huerter for the 2017 season, requiring one season of prep school before enrolling at Syracuse. The Orange could potentially change the offer to the 2016 season, meaning Huerter could avoid prep school.

Changing Huerter's offer would be considered the least likely of the three, but still a possibility.