Basketball at Syracuse is aggressively recruiting in the fall, targeting 4- and 5-star players.

Basketball at Syracuse is aggressively recruiting in the fall, targeting 4- and 5-star players.

Early this month, the fall recruiting period began, which means that the basketball coaches at Syracuse and their colleagues across the nation are aggressively pursuing prospects in various classes.

The Orange has already invited a number of potential recruits to visit the SU campus this fall, and as I mentioned in a recent article, we might see more high school athletes on the Hill in the months to come.

The ‘Cuse coaching staff has also recently traveled to check out a number of recruits at open gyms at their respective high schools or prep schools.

I must say, and I’m not the only Syracuse basketball fan who feels this way.
Adrian Autry, the team’s first-year head coach, and his assistants’ recruitment efforts over the past few weeks (and months) are extremely encouraging.

We’re all interested to see how Autry and co.
it will be difficult to succeed Jim Boeheim’s Hall of Fame coaching career in the 2023–24 season.
There is, however, a noticeable buzz among the fan base regarding recruiting, including what Autry and his staff did this spring via the NCAA’s transfer portal.

Take a look at the most recent recruiting efforts made by the Syracuse basketball coaches.

Here are some tidbits on what has occurred this month regarding Orange recruiting efforts, based on posts made on social media by recruiting analysts and scouts, news articles, and data I have personally gathered.

To be completely honest, this list is probably not all-inclusive, but it does demonstrate the ‘Cuse’s aggressive recruiting style.
On the 2025 and 2026 cycles, I’m concentrating.
Until now, Syracuse basketball has given scholarships to at least 16 players for the class of 2025 and at least six prospects for the class of 2026.

•Around September 15, the Orange received an official visit from 2025 four-star point guard Nigel James. The 6-foot-tall, top-100 prospect was a Brookville, New York, resident who the Syracuse University offered in late August.
, and participates in the Nike EYBL league with the Boston-based Expressions Elite.

Sadiq White, a four-star forward for 2025, visited Central New York on that same weekend in an unofficial capacity. The 6-foot-8 White, a standout junior at Myers Park High School in Charlotte, North Carolina, received an Orange offer in late April.
, and participates in the EYBL for Charlotte-based Team United.

•Brendan Straughn, an excellent recruiter and assistant basketball coach for Syracuse, recently observed White during an open gym at Myers Park.
According to most experts, White is a top-40 national prospect.

•As I previously mentioned, ‘Cuse assistant coach Allen Griffin was recently spotted watching 2026 four-star point guard Deron Rippey Jr. at an open gym. who received a job offer from Orange in late August.
Rippey, who is 6-foot-2, attended Blair Academy in Blairstown, North Carolina.
J. and plays for the New Heights Lightning of the EYBL, which is based in New York City.
In his class, Rippey is among the top 25 players overall.

•The Syracuse basketball coaching staff was present for 2025 five-star point guard Tyler Jackson, a top-20 national prospect who received high marks for his performance at this combine, when the Atlanta-based professional league Overtime Elite held its Pro Day a few days ago. The 6-foot-3 Jackson, who was offered by the Orange in late April, assisted Team Thrill of Baltimore in winning the 16U Under Armour Association league (“UAA”) championship earlier this summer.

•Recently, the coaching staff from Syracuse visited Washington, D.C. Market visits open gyms to observe 2025 four-star combo guard Derek Dixon and 2025 four-star forward Cam Ward.
The 6-foot-4 Dixon is a Gonzaga College High School student in D.C and was offered by the Orange on June 15. as well as the EYBL’s Washington-based Team Takeover.
The 6-foot-7 Ward, a star for Upper Marlboro, Maryland’s Largo High School, received a scholarship offer from Syracuse in late April.
He also plays for Team Durant of Oxon Hill, Maryland, which competes in the EYBL.
The top 75 players in their cycle include Dixon and Ward.

•Turning to the Philadelphia region, Syracuse basketball associate head coach Gerry McNamara attended an open gym at William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia to watch 2025 four-star power forward/center Matthew Gilhool.
The 6-foot-11 Gilhool, who was offered by the ‘Cuse in late August, competes with the Philadelphia-based Philly Pride in the UAA league.
According to 247Sports, he recently rose to number 70 nationally.

•Again, I’m confident that more information about the Orange coaching staff observing other 2025 or 2026 targets at upcoming open gyms will surface.
Guard Kiyan Anthony, a four-star recruit for 2025, is one to keep an eye on.
I’ve heard rumors that the ‘Cuse will soon attend a 6-foot-5 Anthony open gym.
The top-40 national prospect, a junior at Long Island Lutheran who plays for the Baltimore-based Team, was offered by Syracuse basketball in November.


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