Syracuse basketball is officially geared into offseason mode, and as such is hitting the recruiting trail hard. The Orange offered and watched a number of players over the last week, and is setting the stage for a very interesting next few months.
Jim Boeheim went to see Brandon Randolph play over the weekend, and the 2017 shooting guard received an offer from the Orange Tuesday morning, according to Scout.com. Randolph is listed as a four-star recruit on the major recruiting sites and along with Syracuse has offers from Kansas, Louisville, St. Johns and others. He’s listed as a shooting guard, but at 6-foot-6 could easily play the three when Jim Boeheim wants to play a smaller lineup. The real advantage the Orange has over other schools is location. Randolph plays at the Westtown School in Pennsylvania, but is originally from Yonkers. Syracuse is closer to both than the Big Ten and Big 12 powerhouses (along with most of the ACC).
Boeheim also saw Hameir Wright play this weekend with the Albany City Rocks. Boeheim’s son also plays for the Rocks and while that admittedly been part of the reason he was there, the Orange is still interested in Wright. City Rocks coach Jim hart told Syracuse.com’s Donna Ditota Tuesday that “Syracuse is very interested in him… Hameir can really shoot the ball. He handles it really well for a big guy. He rebounds, he blocks shots, he has a high IQ and he has a good feel for the game on offense.” Wright is a four-star recruit at small forward (arguably Syracuse’s thinnest position) and has offers from Villanova, Georgetown, West Virginia and others. Wright doesn’t have an offer from the Orange yet, but the interest is obviously there.
Unlike Randolph and Wright, Lonnie Walker is a five-star recruit. The Orange offered Walker Friday, and it looks like Syracuse’s (and every other school’s) biggest competition for the shooting guard’s services will be Villanova. Walker also has offers from UConn, Indiana, Miami and Oregon to name a few. Out of Reading, Pennsylvania, ‘Nova even has the home field advantage in this one.
You probably already know who Spike Albrecht is. The Michigan grad transfer has the Orange on his list of potential landing spots. As someone who grew up in a Big Ten state I’d love to tell you all about what Albrecht would bring to SU, but the Fizz’s Jason Weingold already took care of it for me. You can take a look at his piece on Albrecht here.
Posted: Nathan Dickinson