How Syracuse built its roster

Jim Boeheim and Syracuse were able to win the East Region thanks to the depth and balance provided by sustained recruiting success. Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports

Syracuse has punched its ticket to the Final Four, but the Orange's journey to Atlanta began well before Selection Sunday or even the start of this season. Success in college basketball starts with recruiting, so this story was really years in the making.

To examine how the Orange built a team good enough to make the Final Four, let's break down how this roster came together via recruiting, including philosophy, key recruiting class, the most underrated recruit and why it all worked.

Here's the story behind the story of Syracuse's journey to the Final Four.