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Syracuse Basketball Recruiting: Orange Start To Welcome Class Of 2015

Two former verbal commits of Syracuse's top 10 recruiting class for 2015 signed their national letter of intents on Wednesday. Two more recruits are expected to sign in the upcoming days.

Rich Barnes

College basketball's national signing period tipped off Wednesday and two recruits in the Syracuse Orange's Top-10 recruiting class, forward Tyler Lydon and center Moustapha Diagne, signed their national letters of intent.

Lydon, a 6-foot-9, 200-pound Elizaville, N.Y. native, was the first of the new class to announce he was coming to Syracuse last October. His high school accolades include him earning 2014 New England Preparatory School Athletic Council Class 3A honorable mention (that's a mouth full).

Over the summer, he played as a member of the 2014 USA U18 National Team, where he averaged 5.8 points and 6.4 rebounds per game (a team high) on the squad's way to a 5-0 record and gold medal. He is currently ranked the 49th-best recruit by ESPN recruiting services.


Meanwhile, Diagne, a 6-foot-8 Senegal native who two years ago settled at Pope John XXIII High School in Sparta, N.J., booked his ticket to the Salt City today as well.

According to ESPN recruiting services, Diagne is the 48th-best prospect in the Class of 2015. If you want to catch up on his journey from Senegal to Syracuse, check out this Mike Waters' piece at

As for the other recruits, guard Franklin Howard (No. 74) and forward Malachi Richardson (No. 19 & the top prospect in the class), are expected to sign their NLIs on Thursday and Saturday, respectively.

If you're curious, has the Orange's new class as the third-best overall. ranks SU fifth-best in the nation behind Arizona, Texas A&M (??), Duke and Louisville (#goacc). Scout Hoops' Evan Daniels has Syracuse ranked seventh overall.