Point guard Aaron Estrada has his transfer list narrowed down to three schools, including Syracuse.
Estrada spent his freshman season at Saint Peters in Jersey City, New Jersey, where he proved he has the talent for Power-5 basketball. He was the MAAC Conference Rookie of the Year, averaging 8.0 points and 1.8 assists per game. His modest stats can be attributed to a lack of playing time early in the season. He averaged 19.4 minutes per game, but started in his last 11 games.
Estrada falls in the Elijah Hughes transfer archetype: An unheralded recruit who everyone missed, transferring from a mid-major after one season. A transfer with three years of eligibility is particularly attractive.
However, the Orange don’t appear to be a great roster fit for a point guard. Joe Girard is likely a four year player. If Estrada came to CNY, he would have just one season without Girard. Granted, Girard was recruited as a shooting guard and Buddy Boeheim’s prospective college career only interlaps with what would be Estrada’s first season at SU.
Estrada’s connection with Syracuse speculatively stems from his time at St. Benedict’s Prep in New Jersey. The basketball coach there, Mark Taylor, has had two high-profile recruits land in Syracuse in the last decade: Bourama Sidibe and Tyler Ennis.