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Syracuse Basketball Recruiting Roundup: Orange Eyeing More West Coast Prospects

Despite the quarantine, Syracuse basketball has been busy making offers lately to members of the 2020, ‘21 and the ultra-hyped 2022 class. Let’s get you caught up. 

Frank Anselem C 2020

Anselem is a slender center from Georgia who has recently reclassified to 2020, meaning he would join Woody Newton, Kadary Richmond and Illinois transfer Alan Griffin as Orange newcomers next season. Anselem stands 6’11 with a 7’5 wingspan. rates him as the 85th best prospect in his class. 

The talented center originally had a top 3 of the SEC’s Alabama, Georgia and LSU. Just hours after LSU grabbed a commitment from a different center, he announced his recruitment is now “wide open” again. Syracuse has since reached out. Anselem would bring some talent and offensive playmaking to the front court. Yet, considering SU already has three scholarship centers next season and Anselem has likely never visited the 315, don’t get your hopes up too much. 

Chris Bunch SF 2022

This past week we learned 2022 five star commit Dior Johnson and fellow 2022 five star Syracuse target Zion Cruz are both going to play for the prestigious Oak Hill Academy in Virginia next year. Between Cruz, JJ Starling, Chance Westry and Roddy Gayle, Syracuse already has offered a lot of other guards to potentially join Dior and then-senior Joe Girard. 

Now they have offered a top 100 wing, as well. Bunch, who is from California like Johnson, is a 6’6, 185 pounder. The lanky forward needs to add some weight, but Bunch has a fluid jump shot and strong leaping ability. Syracuse joins Seton Hall, Florida State, USC, Rutgers and others as teams that have offered him so far. 

Arthur Kaluma 2021 F 

Syracuse became one of many teams to offer this highly-rated four star forward recently. The rising senior who plays ball at Glendale, Arizona, grew up in Texas, another recent example of the Orange recruiting west of the Mississippi. Kaluma is a top-60 prospect wherever you look and as high as #18 in his 2021 class on Oklahoma State, USC, Texas A&M and most recently Kansas have offered Kaluma. The Orange also offered ‘21 center Ashton Smith lately. They are looking for their first commitment of the ‘21 class.

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