It's no surprise that Syracuse was caught off guard when 2016 5-star guard Tyus Battle committed to Michigan. Everyone was. However, the coaching staff has inserted themselves as contenders to still land a few prized recruits. Let's look at the Class of 2016 and see who might be the next player to commit.
Commits: Matthew Moyer
Numbers: One scholarship available (including Moyer's commitment).
It's no secret that Syracuse is looking to add another guard to the 2016 class. Alterique Gilbert is the most realistic option, and he could be visiting Syracuse for an official visit shortly. NunesMagician.com reported last month that SU was currently setting up an official visit with the 4-star prospect. A date has not yet been scheduled.
4-star power forward Sedee Keita has kept in touch with Coach McNamara. The two have developed a strong relationship. Keita told NunesMagician.com last month that he intends to visit Syracuse before making his college decision.
Coach Hopkins has remained in-contact with James Banks, a top-10 center in the class. Banks confirmed to NunesMagician.com that he talks with Hopkins regularly and remains interested in Syracuse. SU offered Banks in April.
Kobi Simmons, a 5-star combo-guard, remains a mystery for Syracuse. At the end of May, Simmons reportedly remained interest in Syracuse. SU was somewhat late to the party for the top 5 guard, but it hasn't shown yet. Kobi is likely to cut his list soon, but the Orange are expected to make the cut.
Who commits next? Alterique Gilbert.
Assuming Gilbert's official visit goes well, we could see him announcing his verbal commitment shortly after. Alterique grew up a Syracuse fan and love the system that Coach Boeheim runs. He's a smaller, quick guard who can score and dish it. In the EYBL circuit for Team CP3, Gilbert is averaging 15.0 points, 4.9 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game. Team CP3 qualified for Peach Jam and won the regular season EYBL championship with a 15-2 record.