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Syracuse men's basketball target Chris McCullough, a five-star power forward and a member of the Class of 2014, has reportedly made a verbal commitment to the Orange.
The Orange's 2012-13 season begins with a military-themed game played on the deck of the U.S.S. Midway.
The No. 9-ranked Orange concluded its exhibition season with a blowout victory, 103-60, over Bloomsburg.
Three-star guard Ron Patterson has made a verbal commitment to Syracuse. The Orange unofficially have four verbal commitments for the Class of 2013.
The Syracuse men's basketball season began Thursday with an exhibition game against Pace University. Though, he's not a big fan of preseason games SB Nation New York's Jared Smith did learn a few things from the game.
SU opens its 2012-13 season Thursday with an exhibition game against visiting Pace University (7 p.m. on SNY).
Roselle, NJ native, Tyler Roberson, was being recruited by two SB Nation New York men's basketball programs. Recently, he eliminated one but kept the other in his final list of three.
For the third straight season, the Syracuse Orange will begin the men's hoops season ranked in the top 10 in the AP Poll.
The top high school player in all the land is currently a member of the Class of 2014. That's expected to change soon. Let the Nerlens Noel-like recruiting begin!
Syracuse basketball's senior forward speaks to SB Nation New York's Jared Smith at Big East media day about the upcoming season.
Syracuse's senior guard talks to SB Nation New York's Jared Smith about his new leadership role and reflects on last season's ups and downs.
The Syracuse Orange men's basketball program is quickly try to solidify its recruiting class of 2013, and it may do it next week when Ron Patterson will make an official visit to the campus (via the Indianapolis Star).
Patterson, a 6'3, 195-pound, three-star guard according to Rivals, is also being courted by the Boston College Eagles, Providence Friars, Connecticut Huskies, Miami Hurricanes, Xavier Musketeers and SMU Mustangs. The Indianapolis native was once a target of the Indiana Hoosiers, however, he did not qualify academically. Patterson has spent the last year at the prep school Brewster Academy (N.H.)
If Syracuse can land Patterson it would more than likely be done recruiting for the Class of 2013, as five-star point guard Tyler Ennis, three-star small forward B.J. Johnson and three-star center power forward Chinonso Obokoh have all verbally committed to SU.
If the Orange are able to accomplish that they can move onto the Class of '14 where they're already getting a head start on targets like Chris McCullough and Isaiah Whitehead, who're both top 15 prospects.
The Syracuse Orange men's basketball program has been listed as Chris McCullough's No. 1 school.
Forward B.J. Johnson the latest to sign with Orange from the high school Class of 2013.
The Syracuse Orange men's basketball program received its second verbal commitment from the Class of 2013 on Monday night. According to Scout.com's Mike McAllister, three-star center Chinonso Obokoh announced his decision to attend SU over the Texas Longhorns, Villanova Wildcats, Temple Owls and James Madison.
Obokoh (6'9, 205 pounds) was one of about a dozen or more recruits that attended Syracuse's Midnight Madness on Friday. The Rochester, N.Y., native is expected to be one of those developmental projects for head coach Jim Boeheim and his coaching staff, which has made a living on developing big man.
In fact, the coaching staff's ability to develop players was one of the reasons why Obokoh chose Syracuse, he told McAllister.
"The thing I'm hopeful for is to go in there and work hard," Obokoh explained. "I'm looking forward to playing for Jim Boeheim and Mike Hopkins.
"They can definitely make me better. That's the whole point. I believe in their system. They can make me better."
Obokoh is SU's second verbal commitment for the '13 class as he joins five-star point guard Tyler Ennis, who announced his commitment during the summer. After this season, the Orange are losing a pair of seniors -- point guard Brandon Triche and forward James Southerland. Obokoh will join a front court that currently features forward Rakeem Christmas and centers Baye Moussa Keita and DaJuan Coleman.
Syracuse men's basketball media day featured reporters wanting to know more about redshirt freshman Trevor Cooney.
Syracuse basketball opened its 2012-13 season Friday with media day and Midnight Madness. Full practices begin on Saturday.
The Syracuse Orange men's basketball season official begins Friday with Midnight Madness at the Carrier Dome (8 p.m.).
SU's non-conference season-opening tilt against the San Diego St. Aztecs will be played despite reports of a possible cancellation, the two schools confirmed Friday.
Updates on the offseason news of the Syracuse men's basketball team.
James Young, the No. 8-ranked player in the Class of 2013 according to Rivals, has reportedly narrowed his commitment list to two basketball programs -- the Syracuse Orange and Kentucky Wildcats -- a source close to the situation has told 247Sports' Jerry Meyer.
Young (6'6, 200 pounds) is expected to make an unofficial visit to the University of Kentucky this weekend, he has already had an in-home visit from John Calipari. Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim has also already made an in-home visit with resident of Rochester, MI. Young has also been considering the Michigan St. Spartans, Kansas Jayhawks and Ohio St. Buckeyes.
Over the summer, Young participated in the Lebron James Skills Academy and noted, "he's looking to play in a transition offense that will be the best first for his skill set".
According to ESPN recruiting services, Young is, "an explosive left handed scorer with a legit long range jumper beyond the arc."
It is still unclear when Young will make his commitment announcement.
The 2012-13 Syracuse Orange men's basketball schedule was official released Wednesday, as the Big East Conference announced this year's slate of games. The release of Big East schedule means Syracuse learned who, when and where it will play during its final season in the league.
Last season, Syracuse compiled a program best 17-1 conference record on its way to a 10th league crown. The Orange are expected, again, to be one of the favorites to win the Big East.
Overall, Orange fans will be able to view many games on national television as 16 games will be televised by either CBS, ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU. Below is Syracuse's official schedule with home games listed in bold, road games in regular font.
Nov. 1: vs. Pace University
No. 4: vs. Bloomsburg University
Nov. 9: at San Diego St. Aztecs (Battle of the Midway), 7 p.m. on Fox Sports-S.D.
Nov. 18: vs. Wagner Seahawks, TBD
Nov. 21: vs. Princeton Tigers, TBD
Nov. 25: vs. Colgate Raiders, TBD
Nov. 30: at Arkansas Razorbacks (SEC-Big East Challenge), 8:30 p.m. on ESPN
Dec. 3: vs. Eastern Michigan, 7 p.m. on ESPNU
Dec. 6: vs. Long Beach St. 49ers, 8 p.m. on ESPN2
Dec. 8: vs. Monmouth Hawks, TBD
*Dec. 22: vs. Temple Owls (Gotham Classic at MSG), 12 p.m. on ESPN2
Dec. 31: vs. Central Connecticut State, TBD
(*Still to be announced is the three Syracuse home games in the Gotham Classic.)
Jan. 2: vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights, TBD on Big East Network
Jan. 6: at South Florida Bulls, TBD on BEN
Jan. 9: at Providence Friars, TBD on BEN
Jan. 12: vs. Villanova Wildcats, TBD on BEN
Jan. 19: at Louisville Cardinals, 4 p.m. on ESPN
Jan. 21: vs. Cincinnati Bearcats, 3:30 p.m. on ESPN
Jan. 26: at Villanova Wildcats, 11 a.m. on ESPNU
Feb. 2: at Pittsburgh Panthers, 12 p.m. on ESPN
Feb. 4: vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 7 p.m. on ESPN
Feb. 10: vs. St. John's Red Storm, 1 p.m. on ESPN
Feb. 13: at UConn Huskies, 7 p.m. on ESPN/ESPN2
Feb. 16: at Seton Hall Pirates, TBD on BEN
Feb. 20: vs. Providence Friars, 7 p.m. on ESPN2
Feb. 23: vs. Georgetown Hoyas, 4 p.m. on CBS
Feb. 25: at Marquette Golden Eagles, 7 p.m. on ESPN
March 2: vs. Louisville Cardinals, 12 p.m. on CBS
March 6: vs. DePaul Blue Demons, TBD on BEN
Three weeks after he cut down his list of schools to Syracuse, Kentucky and eight others, Wildcat coaches will reportedly visit and evaluate Roselle (N.J.) Catholic forward Tyler Roberson in September.
SNY.tv's Adam Zagoria confirmed the report via Roberson's coach Dave Boff, who said that Kentucky assistant Orlando Antigua will be in attendance, with John Calipari's presence currently unknown.
"They're definitely interested," Boff told Zagoria. "They're definitely going be in to see him a couple times this fall."
A four-star recruit ranked as a top-15 power forward in the class of 2013, the 6'7" Roberson is an athletic and versatile player who will need to bulk up his frame to handle the rigors of top-flight Division I basketball.
But the mere fact that the defending national champions -- who continually churn out one-and-done-caliber players -- has to be positive and raise his value to some degree as Jim Boeheim and a plethorea of other head coaches consider offering Roberson a scholarship.
As of now, however, Roberson has only announced that he will make official visits to Kansas, SMU and Syracuse this fall.
The Syracuse Orange basketball program landed a top Class of 2013 point guard in Tyler Ennis on Thursday.
After Ennis' announcement, SB Nation Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician weighed in on what Ennis' role in the lineup will be.
Ennis will come to SU at a critical time when Brandon Triche has just left,Michael Carter-Williams will be the veteran guard (assuming he's still there) and Trevor Cooney will be a developing two-guard.
Jeff Borzello, CBS Sports' college basketball recruiting blogger, agreed that Ennis was a crucial pick-up at the guard slot.
Before Ennis committed, Syracuse looked very thin at the point guard position for the 2013-14 season. Brandon Triche only has one season left, so Michael Carter-Williams would have been the only scholarship point guard on the roster. Carter-Williams is very talented, but he's more of a scorer and could also leap to the NBA if he has a breakout year this season. Ennis should be able to step in immediately and get major minutes running the offense. Defensively, he will need to learn the ins and outs of the 2-3 zone, but he plays the passing lanes well for steals.
For more on Tyler Ennis and Syracuse basketball recruiting, visit Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician.
Tyler Ennis, the No. 20 rated recruit according to Rivals, has committed to Syracuse, announcing the news on CIA Bounce TV. Ennis, who played for St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, NJ, chose Syracuse over Illinois, Louisville, Memphis and UCLA.
Ennis, originally from Ontario, Canada, had zeroed in on Syracuse, after visiting the program a few times during the 2011-12 season. Ennis even called Syracuse his dream school when asked to name one by then-assistant coach at St. Benedict's, Billy Diamond.
Ennis was the fourth-highest rated point guard by Scout.com. He joins a Syracuse squad that currently features sophomore Michael Carter-Williams, a former McDonald's All-American, and senior Brandon Triche as its floor general.
Next season, Triche will not longer eligible and depending on Carter-Williams' NBA stock a year from now, Ennis could take over the reins as soon as he gets to SU.
PointGuardU.com: 2013 Tyler Ennis Mixtape (via Coast2Coasthoops)For more on Tyler Ennis and Syracuse basketball recruiting, visit Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician.
The Syracuse Orange basketball program awaits the expected announcement at 7 p.m. on Thursday of where highly touted recruit Tyler Ennis will play.
Ennis (6-foot-2, 180) from St. Benedict's Prep in New Jersey, is a top-ranked point guard in the class of 2013. He will make his announcement via a video on the website of his AAU team, the Toronto-based CIA Bounce. Ennis is considering Syracuse, as well as Illinois, Louisville, Memphis and UCLA. According to a report, Syracuse is the "frontrunner" among those schools.
Ennis is a Canada native who played for the Canadian junior national team this summer in the FIBA Americas U18 Championships in Brazil. Canada took home the bronze medal after losing in the semifinals to Brazil.
Slowly the Syracuse Orange's men's basketball schedule for the 2012-13 season is taking form, as Wednesday 'Cuse hoops fans learned when the last Big East Conference showdown against long-time rival Georgetown will be -- March 9 at noon ET on ESPN (via @PSBasketball).
The game, which will be played at the Verizon Center, will be a part of ESPN's College GameDay weekly tour.
All-time, Syracuse owns a 48-39 record against its Washington D.C. rivals. For those curious, here's an update on Syracuse's basketball schedule:
Nov. 9: at San Diego St. Aztecs (Battle of the Midway -- on the aircraft carrier USS Midway).
Nov. 30: at Arkansas Razorbacks (SEC-Big East Challenge)
Dec. 6: vs. Long Beach St. 49ers
Dec. 12: vs. Temple Owls (Gotham Classic at Madison Square Garden)
Dec. 31: vs. Central Connecticut State
March 9: at Georgetown Hoyas (ESPN GameDay)
Big East home-and-aways:
Home: Cincinnati, DePaul, Georgetown, Louisville, Notre Dame, Providence, Rutgers, St. John’s, Villanova
Away: Connecticut, Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, Pittsburgh, Providence, Seton Hall, USF, Villanova
The world doesn't yet know Nerlens Noel's college decision, but the nation's top high school basketball recruit seems comfortable with his choice.
Noel tweeted Wednesday afternoon that he met with his family on Tuesday night and feels "they've helped me make the right decision thats best for me."
The tone of his tweet was quite different than it was the night before, when the center tweeted, "Toughest decision of my life. #StressThinking."
Noel, a 6-foot-10 athlete who has been compared to Patrick Ewing and Bill Russell for his shot-blocking abilities, will decide between Kentucky, Georgetown and Syracuse on Wednesday night during an ESPNU special that begins at 7:30 p.m. ET. Noel is expected to make his announcement at approximately 8:45.
It's almost that time.
Noel is an absolute force of nature at six-foot-ten and 210 pounds. The lanky center would provide an Anthony Davis type presence in the middle to replace Fab Melo, who jumped to the NBA Draft.
Some have actually said that Noel is a "significantly better shot-blocker" than Davis, which is almost impossible to imagine considering Davis was the best defender as a freshmen in college basketball since Patrick Ewing.
Noel is a Tilton, MA native and says his mother will play a key role in where he goes to school. If he chooses to stay close to home, Syracuse would appear to be the leader going into Wednesday night's proceedings.
It will unfold in the coming hours as three anxious programs await an answer.
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET (8:45 is when Noel is expected to announce)
Melo released the following statement on Thursday:
"After meeting with my mother, my family and Coach Boeheim, I have decided to enter my name in to the 2012 NBA Draft. Being able to play professional basketball has been my dream since I first starting playing this game and now I have the opportunity to accomplish that dream. Coach Boeheim, Coach Hopkins and the rest of the Syracuse staff have helped me develop as a player and as a man and I will always be appreciative for what they've done for me. I wish Syracuse University, the basketball program and the Syracuse fans nothing but the best."
Melo averaged 7.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.9 blocks for the Orange as a Sophomore. He showed drastic improvements in his game from his Freshman season. This past season, Melo helped Syracuse earn a No. 1 seed in the 2012 NCAA Tournament before he was ruled ineligible by the NCAA for the tournament. Without Melo, the Orange lost in the Elite Eight to Ohio State.
For more news on the Syracuse's offseason, check back to this SB Nation New YorkStoryStream. For more coverage of Syracuse basketball, visit our team page or our blogTroy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician.
The Orange will play the San Diego State Aztecs on the flight deck USS Midway Museum at on Nov. 9 in San Diego, Calif. in the Battle on the Midway. Last season, North Carolina and Michigan State met on the USS Carl Vinson in the Carrier Classic. The two events are put on by different producers and the Carrier Classic will not be held this season.
The 67-year old USS Midway became a museum ship permanently docked in San Diego in 2004. Syracuse was chosen after Big East foe Georgetown, which was initially invited, could not get out of a prior scheduling engagement. San Diego State will be joining the Big East in football for 2013 and as part of the deal, got guaranteed basketball games against Big East members. The Battle on the Midway game is not one of those games.
For more news on the Syracuse's offseason, check back to this SB Nation New York StoryStream. For more coverage of Syracuse basketball, visit our team page or our blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician.
The Syracuse basketball program had its 2011-12 season end Saturday with a loss to the Ohio State Buckeyes in the Elite 8. Now, fans are curious about the future of the program, and SB Nation New York's Jared Smith provides answers.
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