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      Syracuse Basketball inks highly rated 2013 class

      SYRACUSE, N.Y.- Syracuse head men's basketball coach Jim Boeheim has announced that Tyler Ennis, B.J. Johnson, Chinonso Obokoh, Ron Patterson, and Tyler Roberson have signed National Letters of Intent (NLI) to play for the Orange next season.

      Syracuse's five-player class was rated seventh by espn.com, 12th by Scout.com and 22nd by Rivals.com.

      Ennis is a 6-2 point guard for St. Benedict's Prep (N.J.). Coached by Mark Taylor, Ennis helped the Gray Bees to a 35-3 record last winter. Ennis averaged 14.6 points and 7.1 assists per game while leading the program to a school record total of wins. St. Benedict's won the state Prep A Championship. He was rated a five-star recruit and the fourth point guard in the Class of 2013 by Scout.com. He was 44th overall, the number seven point guard and worth four stars in the ESPN 100. Ennis received four stars, was rated 24th overall and fourth among the point guards by Rivals.com. He is from Brampton, Ontario.

      This past June, Ennis played on Canada's junior national team in the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Brazil and helped the team to a bronze medal. Ennis also played in the Nike Global Challenge in Alexandria, Va.

      Johnson attends Lower Merion High School (Pa.) and is a 6-7 forward. The Aces are coached by Gregg Downer. Lower Marion was 28-4 a season ago. Johnson was tabbed a three-star recruit and 30th shooting forward in the Class of 2013 by Scout.com and received three stars from espn.com.

      Bishop Kearney product Obokoh is a 6-10 center who plays for Coach Jon Boon. He averaged 14.8 points and 9.8 rebounds per game with the Kings as a junior. Obokoh helped Kearney to a second straight Section V title. He was ranked by Scout.com as the 27th center and a three-star recruit and espn.com gave him three stars. Obokoh is a native of Nigeria who came to the United States in 2010.

      Patterson, a 6-3 shooting guard for Coach Jason Smith at Brewster Academy (Mass.), earned four stars from espn.com. Patterson is from Broad Ripple, Ind. As a senior at Broad Ripple High School, he averaged 18.5 points and six rebounds. He was originally classified in the Class of 2012 and was ranked 25th among shooting guards by espn.com.

      Roberson is a 6-7 forward at Roselle Catholic (N.J.). He was the 10th power forward, 27th overall and earned four stars on the ESPN 100. Scout.com rated Roberson 14th among power forwards and a four-star recruit. He plays for Coach Dave Boff at Roselle Catholic.

      Roberson attended the 2012 LeBron James Skills Academy and participated in the Reebok Breakout Challenge all-star game.

      The National Letter-of-Intent program was started in 1964. Administered by the Collegiate Commissioners Association (CCA), the program was designed with prospective student-athletes in mind. A signed letter-of-intent indicates a prospective student-athlete agrees to attend the designated college or university for one academic year. Institutions agree to provide athletics financial aid for one academic year to the student-athlete, provided the student-athlete is admitted to the institution and is eligible for financial aid under NCAA rules.

      **Courtesy SU Athletics**