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Breaking Down Syracuse Basketball 2022 Recruiting Targets

Courtesy The Daily Gazette

As the 2020-21 basketball season begins conference play in the next few days, and SU looks to keep its March Madness hops alive, the Orange continue to work in the recruiting world too. There may be a time limit on the basketball season, but recruiting never ends. With that in mind, we took a look at a few targets to know, that Syracuse continues to recruit:

5-Star Forward Brandon Huntley-Hatfield

Huntley-Hatfield is one of the biggest targets in the class for SU. Besides the Orange, Huntley-Hatfield is also considering Ole Miss and Miami. At 6-foot-9, 230 pounds, Huntley-Hatfield would immediately be one of the biggest players on Syracuse’s roster. For years, head coach Jim Boeheim has been searching for a muscular big to put in the middle of the zone. Huntley-Hatfield could be that guy.

The 2022 recruit is an explosive athlete with the power and size that Syracuse is lacking. He also is comfortable taking the ball to the rim himself, and can create his own shot. There is still room to improve on defense — but that’s the case for any young player learning the zone defense.

5-Star Combo Guard Zion Cruz

Huntley-Hatfield isn’t the only five-star Syracuse is chasing — and has a decent chance at landing — in the 2022 class. Cruz has been a target of the Orange for a couple of years, and is ranked by 247Sports Composite as the 19th best player in the class. Cruz has been working on his three-shooting, over the past few months and said he was making 500 three’s a day in workouts. Syracuse has relied on deep threats this year, being led by Buddy Boeheim, Alan Griffin and Joe Girard. 

3-Star Center Riley Mulvey

Mulvey isn’t as highly rated as the first two on this list, but the Albany native plays a pivotal position for SU. At 6-foot-11, 230 pounds Syracuse has the length and size that is lacking on the current roster. Currently, Mulvey’s leader is Iowa, and he is also being recruited heavily by Penn State. While it may not be the flashiest commit — if he did choose SU — Mulvey could play a major role on SU’s roster.

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