Now and then, Syracuse basketball recruiting guru Dean Francis is good enough to drop some information on how things are going with the Orange on the recruiting circuit. With the summer AAU sessions winding down, we figured it’d be a perfect time to check in and find out about how some of Syracuse’s top prospects are faring. Check out what he has to say.

  • Matthew Moyer had an active July on the Adidas circuit, participating with the Indiana Elite in the Gauntlet Finals and the Summer Championship. In both events he averaged a very solid 11.0 PPG and 7.0 RPG. Up next for Moyer is heading out to South Kent Prep. He’ll look to improve his game, strength, and overall competition in the NEPSAC, which is considered to be the number one prep league in the country.
  • Tyus Battle, making his return from a year long injury, unfortunately suffered a setback during his first tournament back. At this point, most that have seen him play know how good he is, but the biggest concern that we hope he can eventually overcome is getting over the injury bug and staying healthy. Up next for Battle is another decision that he has to make when it comes to which high school he’ll attend for his senior season. St. Joseph’s-Metuchen (former HS of recent number one draft pick Karl Anthony-Towns) and Roselle Catholic (former HS of current SU players Tyler Roberson and Malachi Richardson) are considered to be the main options.Now we’ll focus on the latest updates of the 2017 recruits.
  • Trevon Duval (composite ranking #6) was shown plenty of love by the SU staff throughout the July live evaluation period. Each game he played, the staff made sure to have a coach make their presence known front and center for him. The bad news for SU is that Duval’s stock is so high at the moment that the competition to get him will continue to get stiffer. Duval has recently added offers from Arizona, UCLA, Indiana, and most recently Duke has started to show a lot of interest. I expect SU to be in this one until the end but it’ll be interesting to see how long Jim Boeheim is willing to have his hat in this race if Duval decides to drag things out later into his senior year like most consensus top 10 players do.
  • Kevin Huerter (2016 composite #71) has an interesting situation. He’s good enough to stay in the 2016 class, but age and strength-wise it might be better long-term for him to reclassify into 2017. His AAU coach said recently that SU, Michigan, Notre Dame, and Maryland were working the hardest for him. Mike Hopkins made sure to catch all of his games during the Peach Jam and a visit to SU is tentatively planned coming up.
  • Mohamed Bamba (composite #5), much like Duval, has seen his stock skyrocket during the live period. SU made sure to make their presence felt at all of his games, but Duke, Kansas, and Kentucky have all done the same and he has recently received offers from all of those schools. Look for this recruitment to be a dogfight for a while.
  • Nick Richards (composite #6) is a big man that Red Autry had his eyes on throughout the live period. The five star big man is noted for his motor on both ends of the floor and his offensive game should come along as he gains more experience playing the sport after recently coming over from Jamaica a few years ago. He has stated that he wants to visit SU sometime over the summer. Hopefully that’ll be the case coming up soon.
  • Michael Porter, Jr. (composite #2) might seem like a long shot for SU, but trust me,, we have a better chance here than most on the outside realize. I’m not saying they’ll land him but I would be surprised if we didn’t get at least a visit at some point. Right now Missouri, Duke, Kansas, Indiana, and UVA are the schools that he seems to like the most outside of SU. His father is an assistant for the Missouri women’s basketball team and he has two sisters currently attending there so there could be some family pull that keeps him in-state when all is said and done, but it doesn’t hurt for SU to give it a chance because the Mizzou men’s program is at it’s lowest right now. He might be somebody who just wants to get away for college like we all saw with Thomas Bryant.
  • Jordan Tucker (composite #34) had some ‘Cuse fans excited when a tweet from his account went out stating that he was committing to SU, but that was not the case as he claimed somebody was playing around with his phone. The fact of the matter is that while there is mutual interest between SU and Tucker, he still has never stepped foot on campus and I wouldn’t expect to see a top 50 player commit to a school that he has never visited. It’s possible that eventually Tucker will be SU bound, but I wouldn’t expect it anytime soon.
  • Some other names to monitor that we could eventually see earn offers in the 2017 class are Lonnie Walker (composite #21), Kimani Lawrence (composite #45), Kodye Pugh (composite #116), and Makai Ashton-Langford (composite #62).
  • It’s never too early to get a look into some of the targets for 2018. Roselle Catholic’s duo of Naz Reid and Louis King have offers from SU already, and guards Cam Reddish and Immanuel Quickley are receiving plenty of interest. Also keep an eye on two other players that I feel have good upside and potential: PG Jahvon Quinerly and PF Simi Shittu (announcers will have fun calling that last name).Another note to share is that SU will hold it’s Elite Camp in August. Expect to see a good amount of the players mentioned here to attend. The majority of the players that have committed to SU over the past five years have attended the Camp.

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