The 2012 Draft class featured 5 star center DaJuan Coleman, 4 star Forward Jerami Grant, son of NBA Veteran Harvey Grant, and 4 star red shirt freshman Trevor Cooney. If stars are any indication, their deceiving at best. lets break down the 2013 Draft Class and see how it stacks up against previous years.
DaJuan Coleman nationally ranked the 19th best freshman, and 7th Center in 2012. Jerami Grant 39th ranked freshman, and 9th Power Forward. Trevor Cooney ranked 73rd best freshman, and 18th best Shooting Guard. All were good additions to the then unlikely successful 2011 squad. But DaJuan Coleman never really lived up to his potential as a freshman. Often pulled from games never to return after giving up a back door alley oops or playing bad defense, coupled with injuries that kept him out of action toward the end of the season, all of the Big East Tournament, and NCAA Tournament. Expect more out of him moving forward. He's Comparitive to Fab Melo and his progression (hopefully with a brain though). Jerami Grant showed flashes of greatness. His work on the glass, his Defense, and his ability to play above the rim certainly etches Grant as a 2013-14 fan favorite. Trevor Cooney was a bit of a disappointment. Coach Boeheim Cried out in support of Trevor. According to Coach JB he shoots 90% in practice, but that never translated over to the game. In fact Cooney often made MCW look like Steve Novak. Hopefully moving forward Trevor loses the jitters and Coach GMac Gets into him.
As you can see "Stars" can be deceiving. 5 stars for Coleman, 4 for Grant, and 4 for Cooney. Clearly Grant was more effective and deserving of 5 stars and Coleman a 4. Brandon Triche was a 3 star recruit and Cooney 4. Just goes to show you that players underachieve and overachieve their potential. In 2011 Michael Carter-Williams was a 4 star while Rakeem Christmas was a 5. Clearly MCW is better than Rak. Just a good overall way to look at things and having a more realistic picture of talent coming in moving forward.
Upcoming 2013 Recruiting Class:
* * * * * PG Tyler Ennis 6'2 175 lbs St Benedicts Prep, Newark NJ
* * * * PF Tyler Roberson 6'7 190 lbs Roselle Catholic, Roselle NJ
* * * * SF B.J. Johnson 6'6 180 lbs Lower Merion, Ardmore, PA
* * * SG Ron Patterson 6'3 180 lbs Brewster Academy, Wolfboro NH
* * * C Chinonso Obokoh 6'9 205 lbs Keamey, Rochester NY
* * * * SF Michael Gbinije 6'6 180lbs Bendictine, Richmond VA (Duke Transfer Redshirt Sophmore)
* * * * * C DaJuan Coleman 6'8 280 lbs Jamesville-Dewitt, Dewitt NY
* * * * PF Jerami Grant 6'6 185 lbs Dematha , Hyattsville MD
* * * * * C Rakeem Christmas 6'9 230 lbs Academy of the New Church Boys, Bryn Athyn PA
* * * * SG Michael Carter-Williams 6'5 165 lbs St Andrews, Barrington RI
* * * * SG Trevor Cooney 6'3 185 lbs Sanford, Hockessin DE
* * * * * C Fab Melo 7'0 270 lbs Sagemont Upper, Weston FL
* * * * SG Dion Waiters 6'2 200 lbs Life Center Academy, Burlington NJ
* * * * C Baye Keita 6'10 210 lbs Oak Hill Academy, Mouth of Wilson VA
* * * * SF CJ Fair 6'7 185 lbs Brewster Academy, Wolfeboro NH
* * * * C DaShonte Riley 6'10 220 lbs Detroit Country Day, Beverly Hills MI
* * * SG Brandon Triche 6'3 195 lbs Jamesville-Dewitt, Dewitt NY
* * * * SF Kris Joseph 6'7 190 lbs Archbishop Carroll, Washington DC
* * * * SF Mookie Jones 6'6 180 lbs Peekskill, Peekskill NY
* * * SF James Southerland 6'7 200 lbs Notre Dame Prep, Fitchburg, MA
* * * * * PF Donte Green 6'8 210 lbs Towson Catholic, Towson MD
* * * * * PG Johnny Flynn 6'0 160 lbs Niagra Falls, Niagra Falls NY
* * * * C Rick Jackson 6'8 220 lbs St John Neumann, Philidelphia PA
* * * * SG Scoop Jardine 6'1 170 lbs St John Neumann, Philidelphia PA
* * * C Sean Williams 6'10 210 lbs Notre Dame Prep, Fitchburg MA
* * * * * SF Paul Harris 6'4 210 lbs Notre Dame Prep, Fitchburg MA
* * * * SF Mike Jones 6'6 210 lbs Lower Richland, Hopkins SC
* * * C Devin Brennan-Mcbride 6'9 240 lbs St Thomas Aquinas, London ON
* * * * SG Eric Devendorf 6'3 175 lbs Oak Hill academy, Mouth of Wilson VA
* * * * PG Emanuel Mayben 6'3 175 lbs Troy, Troy NY
* * * C Arinze Onuaku 6'9 255 lbs Episcopal, Alexandria VA
* * * * PG Josh Wright 6'1 160 lbs Thomas R Proctor, Utica NY
* * * * PF Dayshawn Wright 6'6 235 lbs Oak Hill Academy, Mouth of Wilson VA
* * * * C Darryl Watkins 6'11 230 lbs Paterson Catholic, Paterson NJ
* * * * PF Terrence Roberts 6'8 210 lbs St Anthony, Jersey City NJ
* * * * SF Demetris Nichols 6'7 185 lbs St Andrews, Barrington RI
* * * * SF Louis McCroskey 6'2 180 lbs St Raymond HS, Bronx NY
* * * * * SF Carmelo Anthony 6'8 190 lbs Oak Hill Academy, Mouth of Wilson VA
* * * * PG Gerry McNamara 6/1 175 lbs Bishop Hannon, Scranton PA
* * * PF Matt Gorman 6'8 210 lbs Central Islip, Central Islip NY
Duke Transfer Michael Gbinije should make a major impact for the Orange in 2013-14. A lot of people think Trevor Cooney will lead the Orange at SG, but fans be warned this is the kind of numbers Michael put up in high school. He Boasted 25 Points Per Game, 10 Rebounds Per Game, and 5 Assists Per Game. He only played 5.8 Minutes Per Game for Duke in 2011-12 averaging 1.7 PPG. Trevor Cooney played 11 Minutes Per Game this year for cuse averaging 3.4 PPG. I love Cooney's aggressiveness on defense but Gbinije will bring great length at the top of that zone, side by side with Ennis, replacing MCW and Triche at the top of the zone. Gbinije is no stranger on the Orange though. Gbinije played with Rakeem Christmas and Michael Carter-Williams in the 2011 Jordan Brand Classic. He also knows Cooney from the 2010 Global Challenge. Several Years ago Cuse assistant Coach Adrian Autry coached Gbinije with the Triple Threat and Team Takeover AAU teams. The scouting report says Gbinije is an aggressive scorer, has intangibles, and is a catch and shoot kind of shooter, similar to James Southerland's syle. His area for improvement include ballhandling and rebounding. Well coming to Cuse means you have to be bad at rebounding just to get a scholarship so he's fine there. Ballhandling i'm not worried. Gbinije won't impress with any particular part of his game. However, he's solid at everything across the board. He's a good scorer, can hit the 3, and developing his mid range nicely. He makes a great prospect because of his size at 6'6 and his ability to put the ball in the basket. Gbinije was the 7th ranked SG and 28th overall player in the 2011 recruiting class.
Indiana would be Shooting Guard. We all know what happened there with the Academic technicality with would be Indiana G Ron Patterson. This is a soft spot to Syracuse Fans and rightfully so after watching a national championship slip thru our hands due to Fab Melo and his academic issues, and this year with James Southerland. I don't for see any issues with Patterson at Cuse. Patterson is on of the best defensive wings in the class with his combination of length, strength, and athleticism. He can catch and shoot out to 22 feet with some big time hops. Sounds like Paul Harris with a jumper. Well Patterson is only 180 not quite harris but reminds me of him. The scouting report boats his strengths being 3 point range, athleticism, and D. Areas for improvement ability to creat and ball handling. This ball handling thing seems to be a trend. Good thing Ennis is coming. ESPN refers to Patterson as a "physically gifted guard". His length will certainly be utilized on the perimeter of the Zone. Cooney seems to be competition for Patterson but the second Patterson shows some fire, hits some jumpers, plays some D, or puts some guys on posters, Cooney might not stand a chance.
Roberson's size and versatility will be a perfect fit for our Zone. He needs to improve his offense, but he's known for his Defense specifically his shot blocking ability. He's a long 6'7 190. CJ Fair's decision on the NBA may greatly impact Roberson's playing time. Either way expect Roberson to get significant minutes as a freshman. Roberson may take the place of Southerland on the wing and mirror that with Jerami Grant. Expect Roberson to start by mid season.
High School Season Stats
6'10 Center Obokoh will bring great size to the center of the Zone. But the Orange are loaded down low so its hard to say where he'll land in the rotation. Coleman, Christmas, and Keita, will be his competition. Ouch. Coach JB usually doesn't give freshman significant time, especially when he's deep in that position. But this could be different. Coleman and Christmas showed very limited offensive skills, and with the exception to the "Matrix" Keita in the Big East Tourney same with him too. Red Shirting could be a viable option next year with all the Depth Syracuse has in the big's. I'm sure he'd prefer to see major minutes. But his 4.9 Blocks Per Game could land his on Defense when needed. Obokoh is probably the most interesting off all recruits with the uncertainty and competition.
High School Season Stats
From the Lower Merion Aces. Yes the same school that produced Kobe Bryant. More like Kobe produced them, now their producing recruits. Red shirt may also be an option for Johnson as deep as the Forward position is. He can play multiple positions so this may work out in his favor. CJ Fair will have a lot to do with Johnson's PT. He may have the same type of role Jerami Grant had as a freshman. Not a ton of minutes but used where he's needed. Certainly his potential is thru the roof. Another long 6'6 Forward in that zone. B.J. led his school to a State Championship victory with a posterizing dunk with time nearly expiring.
Last but not least. He's surely the closest thing to a sure thing as you can get. Our only 5 star recruit. With the Departure of Michael Carter-Williams Tyler Ennis is just what the doctor ordered. A good Syracuse Point Guard is always exciting. Joining the likes of Johnny Flynn, G Mac, Jason Hart, and virtually all our coaches. This should be good. Ennis can beat defenders off the dribble, shoot the ball, and makes his teammates better. His best asset is probably his court vision and passing. Ennis also has the highest of Basketball IQ's. Ennis should come in playing with something to prove. Especially after not being selected as a Mcdonalds All American. Ennis is certainly the most popular and publicized Orange recruit. Many of his St Benedicts games have been on regional and National Television. Notably the High School National Championship against Montverde. Ennis hit a clutch 3 with seconds left in the game to put St Benedicts up only to lose on a near last second shot by Montverde. Ennis has a tremendous upside look for him to start point the second he gets to Cuse, and break Brandon Triche record for games played, and starts. well lets not go that far.
Lets Not forget the Orange have already landed Brewster Academy Junior Power Forward Chris McCullough. He plays more like a center. We'll see how things play out as the Orange will be loaded in the backcourt for years to come.
Also everyone Follow Future Syracuse Stars
Chinoso Obokoh - @Obokoh
Michael Gbinije - @RealGbinije
Tyler Roberson - @Troberson21
Chris McCullough - @_CM5
BJ Johnson - @Ace_5
Ron Patterson - @Buss34
Tyler Ennis - @tdot_ennis