It’s been well-documented that the Syracuse basketball recruiting class of 2018 is shaping up to be something special. Darius Bazley is quickly becoming one of the most highly-rated prospects in his class. Meanwhile, late last week, Jim Boeheim’s son, Buddy, committed to play for his dad beginning in 2018. Now, the Orange may just be inching closer to another much sought after recruit.
Over the weekend, Bazley and guard Jalen Carey made their official visits to the Syracuse campus. The fact that Bazley and Carey visited Central New York in the same weekend is fantastic news for SU basketball fans. The idea behind the two recruits coming at the same time was that Carey would bond with Bazley and realize that a partnership with the 6-foot-9 forward could be mutually beneficial in the long run. To some degree, it seems that the pitch intrigued Carey and his family.
According to his father, Carey has scheduled a trio of in-home visits for this week and Syracuse made the cut. Jim Boeheim will visit the 6-foot-3 guard for an in-home meeting on Thursday. Carey’s other in-home visits will come from Miami on Wednesday and UConn on Friday.
Not only is it a good sign that Carey has scheduled an in-home meeting with the Orange, but his dad seems to be pretty excited about the situation SU offers for his son.
“He’s the only point guard they’re recruiting in his class right now,” John Carey told Zagsblog.com, “Basically he would come in, he could play right away.” The four-star guard’s father added, “With him (Darius Bazley), Oshae Brissett and Buddy Boeheim, it’s looking really, really scary over there.”
John Carey’s support of Syracuse is certainly a welcome change of pace for Orange fans after they saw Taurean Thompson’s mother possibly influence her son’s decision to withdraw from Syracuse in late August.
While Carey’s dad hasn’t put all his weight behind the Orange, his comments are definitely encouraging. He has said that he and his son loved the recruiting pitch from SU over the weekend and that Jalen is focusing his decision on the three schools that will come in for visits later this week. The Immaculate Conception High School senior also has an official visit scheduled with Kansas later in the month.
Carey is incredibly talented and may be able to help SU fill its point guard void moving forward. All signs seem to be pointing toward Carey seriously considering the Orange as a final landing spot. If SU can lock up yet another incredibly talented (4-star, No. 34 in 2018 ESPN 100) recruit in the Class of 2018, the future is bright for Orange basketball.