Only a day after ACC Operation Basketball, Syracuse landed their first commitment of the 2015 recruiting class. Last night, Tyler Lydon - a four-star power forward - announced his selection of Syracuse.
The 6-9 Lydon - a consensus top 100 recruit in his class - had started to gain interest from several other powerhouse programs - UNC, Duke and Kansas - but Syracuse, who started their relationship with the Pain Plains, N.Y. native two years ago, won out. Over 20 schools - including Maryland, Clemson, Notre Dame and Florida - offered scholarship to Lydon.
While averaging 15.4 points and 11.3 rebounds per game last season, Lydon led his hometown high school - Pine Plains (N.Y.) High - to the New York State Class C championship game. After that season, however, Lydon decided to reclassify into the 2015 class, and transfer to the New Hampton (N.H.) School.
247Sports is very high on Lydon - rating him at No. 52 in their 2015 rankings. They have him pegged as the No. 14 power forward in his class, also. Scouts liken him to Houston Rockets forward Chandler Parsons. Obviously, there's a way to go there, but that's not a bad guy with whom to be compared.
For summer highlights of the latest Syracuse commitment, check here: