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Will Official Visits Fill Out Syracuse’s Class of 2022?

Renee Zhou

It’s not often that consistently reaching out to a player, or attending a multitude of his/her high school/AAU games drives in a recruit. The official visit is the best persuasive technique. Not only does a player get to meet his future coaches and teammates in their element, but the recruit can get to know the area and school as well.

Those factors are important in SU’s pursuit of three class of 2022 four-stars. Donovan Clingan, Justin Taylor and Kyle Filipowski are all eyeing Central New York as their final destination, but also have other schools on the radar.

That makes this summer all the more important with official visits looming large. Syracuse already nabbed Kamari Lands following this year, and with pieces around him, are in place to play one of the best young cores in the country come ‘21-’22. 

Clingan, a 7’1” center, is scheduled to visit the Hill in either the second or third week of June, according to his AAU coach Joe Chatman.

The Bristol, Connecticut native is fresh off averaging 27 points and 17 rebounds a game in his junior season. ESPN’s 44th ranked recruit in the class even managed to average 36 points and 26 boards in three postseason games, including this…

Being that his first offer was from Syracuse, coupled with his size and athleticism, makes Clingan SU’s first priority.

But Taylor and Filipowski don’t fall too far behind. Both four-stars have official visits to Syracuse in the next month.

Taylor, a 6’6” shooting guard, will make his trek to the Hill on the weekend of June 9, according to his mom Kerri Taylor. The versatile combo guard can add wing depth, a strong driver, and a consistent shooter beyond the perimeter. He and 2021 guard Benny Williams have kept in touch ever since working out together in the circuit system, which bodes well for SU.

Filipowski, Syracuse’s most recent offer, is looking to make his official visit during the first week of June, his high school coach confirmed. That’s a quick turnaround from being offered less than a month ago, but the 6’10” forward has shown plenty of excitement about Syracuse as of recently. His ability to play make at his size is uncanny, but his aggressive mentality also separates the player dubbed “Flip” from other recruits in the class of 2022.

All three of these players will make plenty of official visits this summer prior to their senior seasons. But Jim Boeheim and company hope that SU’s place in history, the spectacle that is the Carrier Dome, the Melo Center and much more will drive Syracuse’s class of 2022 into unmatched territory. As always, only time will tell. 

TENTATIVE OFFICIAL VISIT SCHEDULE:

Donovan Clingan – Second or Third week of June

Justin Taylor – Weekend of June 9

Kyle Filipowski – First week of June

The Fizz is owned, edited and operated by Damon Amendolara. D.A. is an ’01 Syracuse graduate from the Newhouse School with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.

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