Friday was an eventful day for Syracuse basketball when it comes to class of 2017 point guard recruits. The program’s top target, Quade Green, trimmed his list to nine schools with Syracuse making the cut. And the option right on Green’s heels, Matt Coleman, finally got his offer from the Orange.
Coleman and Green played together this summer with Team USA, which adds an interesting dynamic in this recruiting cycle. The two have seemingly become very close after sharing point guard duties for Shaka Smart and the U18 team.
Coleman receiving his offer makes me extremely happy, because he’s a terrific talent with a lot of upside. Coleman’s an athletic lefty with a strong midrange game and an excellent ability to run a team. My gut is telling me that, while the Oak Hill product could ultimately choose to stay home with Virginia, Texas may be the biggest threat to the Orange for his services.
However, all indications are that if Syracuse decides to turn up the heat on Coleman, he becomes a very, very realistic option for the Orange. Personally, I’m hoping they start pressing for him, because he’s one of my favorite players in the class of 2017.
Green, meanwhile, has been the top choice of Jim Boeheim and Mike Hopkins for a long while. The 6-footer from Philadelphia has seen an almost unprecedented rise in the national rankings, to the point where he’s a virtual lock for the McDonald’s game and a consensus top 20 player in the country. Green released a top nine consisting of Syracuse, Duke, Kentucky, Villanova, Arizona, Xavier, Kansas, Temple, and Louisville.
Of those schools, Duke and Kentucky are the biggest threats, though I have a sneaking suspicion that Arizona and Villanova could potentially play spoilers. However, my gut feeling right now is that Green is headed for Duke, which is another part of why I’m hoping Syracuse increases its pursuit of Coleman. Obviously, Green could still wind up picking the Orange. After all, he’s visited a number of times and, if and when there’s a final three, I’d be stunned if Syracuse isn’t included.
Either way, Syracuse got some good movement with its top two point guard prospects, and could continue to get the ball rolling on 2017 with another position soon, as shooting guard Alex O’Connell also recently scheduled an official visit to campus in September.