THE LIST: Class of 2015 Rivals150
Many high school prospects love the thrill of recruiting. Some know early on what they want to do and get it out of the way. Put four-star junior Tyler Lydon in the second category.
With many of college basketball's top programs taking notice of 6-foot-8 forward's game, the New York native who attends New Hampton (N.H.) Prep knew where his heart was and that it was unlikely anybody would beat out Syracuse.
So, the No. 77 player in the 2015 Rivals150 ended his recruitment by committing to the Orange.
"Ultimately he wasn't enamored with the recruiting process," New Hampton coach Pete Hutchins told Rivals.com. "He was very interested in a number of the other schools that were recruiting him and intrigued by some of the schools that were starting to recruit him. But, his heart was just at Syracuse and he didn't want to drag others along.
"He's gone to their elite camp the last two years and they offered him a scholarship and have been up a lot this fall."
The four-star prospect is Syracuse's first commitment from the class of 2015 and reports of his recent play indicate that his stock should be on the rise this winter.
While Lydon is quite thin, he is also quite skilled and versatile. He stretches defenses with his shooting, is a very good baseline driver and he also rebounds very well. He is a combo forward and the Orange have had success with guys like him.
"I think they see him as a Tyler Roberson, CJ Fair type hybrid role," said Hutchins. "Call it a four/three or three/four type of combo forward who can shoot."
Eric Bossi is the national basketball recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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