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Syracuse finishes with big man

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Posted: Tuesday September 11, 2001 11:08 AM

By Dave Telep,

Syracuse rounded out its recruiting class on Monday by adding a power forward. Gorman joined forces with Gerry McNamara and Carmelo Anthony in what is another very good recruiting class and will set Syracuse up for future national success.

The game plan for the Orangemen was to round out its class with a frontcourt player and to our knowledge, Watertown's Matt Gorman was the first guy they offered back when this whole search started. On Monday, Gorman pledged his allegiance to Syracuse.

"I just basically just broke down every school and what I would need and like and it ended up being Syracuse," Gorman said. "I met some of the guys [on the visit] and it seems like I'll have a fun time."

Gorman, who has family near the school, said that Western Kentucky likely would have finished second and then Seton Hall. "The Western coaches are great. They are rebuilding the whole thing and they're really getting good. It was tough."

Gorman says he met Carmelo Anthony and was actually on his team at the USA Basketball Development Festival in Colorado Springs. He knows Gerry McNamara fairly well.

Gorman's role at Syracuse will likely stem from his ability to rebound. When Gorman struggled at a few summer events, Syracuse never once wavered on its commitment to him and in the end was able to convince him they were the best fit.

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