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BETTER LATE THAN NEVER: Syracuse Lands Forward Robert Braswell

After a tumultuous recruiting season, Syracuse Class of 2018 target Robert Braswell has committed to the Orange.

Braswell is a 6-foot-9 South Carolina product who was also considering Oklahoma State and UMass. 247Sports ranks him as a three star recruit and the 170th overall prospect in the class.

With Braswell a part of the picture, he is the third member in the class alongside guards Jalen Carey and Buddy Boeheim. He is the lone frontcourt player in this cycle after Darius Bazley decommitted in late March.

Braswell is an intriguing prospect for this Orange team. Syracuse.com’s Mike Waters reported that Braswell comes from a military family and lived overseas in Germany for a while. Because of that, he has an international style of play. Along with not receiving looks because of location, he also sprouted nearly half a foot to his current 6-foot-9 frame during his time in high school. He also did not play in major AAU tournaments and battled an injury before one.

Think Oshae Brissett or Marek Dolezaj when you think of Braswell. A guy who wasn’t on a lot of American radars and was underranked as a product of not being in the AAU spotlight. Now, he joins those two forwards along with Paschal Chukwu and Bourama Sidibe as the only members in the frontcourt after Matthew Moyer transferred to Vanderbilt.

Braswell is a super long and athletic player who thrives defensively and shooting the ball. If you needed any proof of his athleticism, he just won the South Carolina high school high jump state championship for the second straight year. Braswell topped out at 6-foot-10 to claim the crown, which means he would’ve cleared every Syracuse player except 7-foot-2 Paschal Chukwu.

Syracuse may still add another player in its 2018 class. Osun Osunniyi visited the Orange last week and could fill another frontcourt spot for next year’s team and beyond.

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