NCB On The Trail: Syracuse

#AskCoachB: Lydon to Syracuse

March, 27, 2014
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Ranked at No. 57 in our ESPN 60, Tyler Lydon is a long and skilled forward who makes the defense respect him. He is starting to fill out physically and was very productive for the New Hampton School down the stretch of the season. He is from New York and Syracuse has always been his dream school.

Once again the Syracuse staff landed a 6-foot-8 forward with great positional length. He also has a deceptive bounce and skill to put the ball on the floor and make shots. Gaining more overall body strength with be key.

It was a smart move by Syracuse to get a verbal commitment early on because he came out of last summer with some heavy interest from schools such as Providence, Boston College, Maryland, Florida, Kansas and Notre Dame, among many others.

His size, skill and versatility, at a young age, are very promising.
Junior small forward Brandon Austin (Philadelphia/Imhotep Charter) ended his recruitment on Thursday with an oral pledge to Penn State. The news was first announced via his Twitter account and confirmed through multiple sources.

Austin, a 4-star wing who was previously ranked in the ESPNU Super 60, chose the Nittany Lions over Georgetown, Rutgers, Syracuse, Villanova, Miami and Tennessee. Recruiting Coordinator Adam Finkelstein watched Austin take off for Team Philly on the AAU circuit. "He's a big versatile guard who has a ton of upside," said Finkelstein. "He has the size and skill level to play all three backcourt positions, including the point, and as he continues to grow into his body he's only going to continue to get better.
The father of ESPNU 100 small forward Jerami Grant (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha Catholic) told the Syracuse Post-Standard on Sunday that his son will honor his commitment to the Orange despite the firing of assistant coach Bernie Fine.

"Not at all," said Harvey Grant of the impact Fine's firing would have on his son. "He's fully 110 percent committed to Syracuse."

Grant went on to say his family has not spoken to the Orange staff since the allegations surfaced last week. Syracuse assistant coach Adrian Autry was the main recruiter for Jerami.

Syracuse also holds a letter of intent from ESPNU 100 center DaJuan Coleman (DeWitt, N.Y./Jamesville-DeWitt H.S.).

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ESPN has confirmed through sources that ESPNU 100 power forward Ricardo Gathers will not sign a letter of intent with St. John's this week and will re-open his recruitment.

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Recruiting Nation on ESPNU 

October, 27, 2011
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DaJuan Coleman to Syracuse

October, 25, 2011
Five-star center DaJuan Coleman (DeWitt, N.Y./Jamesville-DeWitt) has given a verbal commitment to Syracuse, multiple sources report.

Coleman is the 14th ranked player in the ESPNU 100 and the fourth-rated center.

The Orange now have two commitments for the Class of 2012. Fellow ESPNU 100 prospect Jerami Grant (Hyattsville, Md.) pledged in September.