Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Jim Boeheim could land 2010's best recruiting class

Yesterday, we wrote about how the Duke Blue Devils have a chance to land one of their best recruiting classes in recent memory.

Well, Coach K hasn't been the only guy doing impressive things on the recruiting trail.

In fact, the Devils may not end up with 2010's best recruiting class. If all things go according to plan, that title may go to Syracuse and Jim Boeheim.

It starts with Fab Melo, the 7'0" Brazilian center that is widely regarded as one of the best bigs in the class (7th by Scout, 16th by Rivals). It was thought that Melo was all but a lock to play for Rick Pitino in Louisville before he committed to the Orange two months ago.

Jim Boeheim has landed one of Syracuse's best recruiting classes.
(photo credit: AP)

There's more. 6'3" guard Dion Waiters, a consensus top 30 recruit (28th by Scout, 29th by Rivals), committed to the Orange over a year ago. Boeheim has also garnered commitments from 6'7" wing CJ Fair and 6'10" big man Baye Moussa Kieta, both of whom were ranked in the top 150 by Rivals.

But Boeheim isn't done yet.

Over the weekend, 6'8" point forward Tobias Harris (5th by Rivals, 9th by Scout) was on campus for his first official visit, and reportedly had a great experience. Harris is a New York native (albeit from Long Island) and plays on the AAU team the Unique All-Stars with Fair and Melo. While he has yet to say that Syracuse is his leader, there is already speculation that he will end up in upstate New York when it is all said and done.

What does this all mean?

Boeheim has gone on record saying that he thinks freshman PG Brandon Triche may be better than Jonny Flynn. If he can get juniors Rick Jackson and Wesley Johnson, a transfer from Iowa State who many believe will be one of the best players in the Big East this year, to return to school for their senior seasons, the Orange will be shot right back to the top of the conference in 2010 even if they don't land Harris.

But imagine if they do.

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