Since the beginning of the week, Syracuse has already lost two scholarship players due to transferring. On Tuesday, it was announced that sophomore guard Kaleb Joseph would be leaving the program. And just one day later, it was announced that junior center Chino Obokoh would also leave the program. Syracuse came into the week with one scholarship still available, if no one left the team. If all the non-seniors stay, these departures now bring Syracuse to a total of three scholarships available for next year.
Syracuse will already have incoming freshman Tyus Battle and Matthew Moyer next year. They will be joined by Providence transfer Paschal Chukwu, who will be a sophomore next year. Let's explore what Syracuse might do with those remaining three scholarships.
Will Syracuse Pursue Another 2016 Recruit?
Syracuse is still pursuing Taurean Thompson and Cheickna Dembele, both of whom big men in the class of 2016. Thompson is still being contacted by Kansas and Arizona. I'd say that Thompson is leaning towards the Orange, and a decision should be coming very soon from him. Dembele is more of a back up option to Thompson, and seems to be a bit of a project. Other than those players, it appears that Syracuse is done in the Class of 2016.
Check out Dembele's highlights:
Check out Thompson's highlights:
Would a 2017 Recruit Reclassify?
One of the players Syracuse is targeting the heaviest in 2017 is guard Hamidou Diallo. There have been some rumors that Diallo would be interested in potentially reclassifying if Syracuse has a need for him. Recently, reclassifying has become much more common in college basketball. Guys like Andrew Wiggins and Jamal Murray have both benefitted from it. While it does require a certain grade point average, it seems to work out for most. I would think that if Malachi Richardson were to leave early, Diallo would really consider reclassifying.
Here's Diallo's highlights:
Will Syracuse Bring in Their Own Transfers?
Last week it was reported that Syracuse contacted Columbia transfer Grant Mullins. The 6-foot 4 guard averaged 13.3 ppg and shot 44 percent from 3-point range. Mullins will be eligible to play right away, as he is considered a graduate transfer because he completed his degree at Columbia.
Katin Reinhardt is another player to keep an eye on. The 6-foot 6 guard is set to transfer from USC, where he played for two years. Before that Reinhardt went to UNLV where he played only his freshman season. Reinhardt averaged 11.4 ppg on 44 percent from the field and 37 percent from 3-point range. Reinhardt actually played more minutes in the 2014-2015 season at USC, and averaged 12.5ppg.
One last interesting thing to note is that Reinhardt played his high school basketball at Mater Dei High School, the same high school that produced Mike Hopkins. Reinhardt is on track to graduate this year, and would be eligible immediately.
Alec Peters is one last name to look out for. Peters is a junior forward from Valparaiso will be eligible to play right away wherever he decides to go. Peters has good size at 6-foot 9 230-pounds. He averaged 18.4 ppg, 8.5rpg, on 50 percent shooting from the field and also 44 percent from 3-point range. Peters is a stretch four, and averaged 2.5 3-pointers made a game.