Analyzing Syracuse's backcourt targets 

August, 1, 2013
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Four days after the July evaluation period came to an end, we now have a lot more clarity when it comes to the top playmaking guards in the Northeast.

Point guard Kaleb Joseph (Nashua, N.H./Cushing Academy) cut his list to three over the weekend and shooting guard Isaiah Whitehead (Brooklyn, N.Y./Lincoln) provided that his top three schools are Syracuse, UCLA and Arizona. Meanwhile, point guard Phil Booth (Baltimore, Md./Mount St. Joseph) pledged to Villanova on Tuesday and point guard Ja’Quan Newton (Philadelphia/Neumann-Goretti) announced his top six on Wednesday.

With Booth off the board, the common denominator in all three remaining ESPN 100 recruitments is Syracuse. And while the Orange have been rumored to be a favorite for both Joseph and Whitehead, they now find themselves as the only local option for Newton now that Villanova has found its point guard in the 2014 class.

So now the question is: How many of these guys could potentially play together at Syracuse?