Early Tuesday morning, ESPN released their updating player rankings for the class of 2016.
The biggest surprise was Alterique Gilbert, who is now ranked as a 5-star recruit. The Georgia product moved ahead of former SU targets Tyus Battle and VJ King. The 6-foot-1 point guard recently named Syracuse in his top 5 and announced plans to officially visit this summer.
Kobi Simmons, who Syracuse offered back in May, moved up to No. 6 overall, and the No. 2 PG in the entire class. The 6-5 combo-guard remains interested in the Orange, and expects to cut his list of schools shortly.
Mathew Moyer, the lone commit in the class, moved up seven spots to No. 51. He remains a 4-star prospect, according to ESPN. NunesMagician.com recently caught up with Matthew to discuss his upcoming senior season, the NBA Top 100 Camp and more.
James Banks, a 6-foot-11 center, was offered by Syracuse last month. He told NunesMagician.com last week that Mike Hopkins remains in touch, and he is still interested in the Orange. ESPN has Banks as the 48th best player in the class. He unofficially visited Kentucky last weekend.
Kevin Huerter entered the ESPN 100 at No. 73. Huerter holds a scholarship offer from the Orange beginning in the 2017-18 season, which would require a year of prep school for the 6-5 guard. Sources close to the situation have informed NunesMagician.com that the offer could potentially change to the 2016. It all depends on how this summer plays out with other targets.
Sedee Keita rounded out the Syracuse Orange targets at No. 83. Keita told NunesMagician.com last month that he wants to visit Syracuse before making his college decision. He has remained in touch with Coach McNamara, and the two have developed a very good relationship.
Syracuse has one open scholarship remaining for the 2016 recruiting cycle. However, as we learned this offseason, that is subject to change due to transfers, the NBA draft, among other things.