Kamari Lands was the first domino to fall for Syracuse’s Class of ’22. When he committed in April all signs pointed to the Orange using that as a carrot for other big recruits. Then Justin Taylor committed to SU, and suddenly the class was discussed as one of the best in the nation. The Fizz caught up with Taylor for an exclusive conversation, and sure enough the sharpshooter confirmed what we had all hoped. Lands was a huge draw for Taylor to also commit to the Orange.
“Yeah, I think it did (have a big effect). We’re trying to build something special. We talked about that a lot, building something special in this 2022 class.” – Justin Taylor to The Fizz
But the work isn’t over, nor is the potential for this class. Taylor says while he and Lands will hopefully create a dynamic duo, they want to bring more talent to CNY and build the Class of ’22.
“Us two, hopefully try to get more guys here soon. Trying to build something special and make an impact. Obviously Kamari is super skilled. We’ve talked a little bit – he plays for a Nike team also – and we’re excited to get up there.” – Justin Taylor to The Fizz
At the moment, the Orange ranks 11th in the nation at 247 Sports for the class. They are third in the ACC behind UNC and Duke. Taylor isn’t satisfied with the status quo. He wants to go big with the Class of ’22 because the goal is hanging a banner.
“We’re setting big goals for ourselves and obviously a national championship is the biggest one… that’s definitely the goal.” – Justin Taylor to The Fizz
The key to committing was also the feel of the SU family for Taylor. “The relationships I built with the coaching staff… Felt like family. Felt like home.” He also says he loves the offensive scheme. SU has always been a great landing spot for shooters.
“The playing style is huge for me. I can come in right away and make an impact. A place I could showcase my skills right away.”
Boeheim’s success through the decades with great perimeter players had a hand in Taylor’s decision. In fact, he couldn’t have missed the parade of NBA first-round picks who have landed gigs because of hot shooting seasons at the Carrier Dome and in March. “Having good size on the wing. Coach Boehiem has done a really good job with guys that can shoot the ball. Guards who have a lot of length versatility, that can score. I think I’ll have a good opportunity with Buddy leaving after this year.”
Welcome aboard, Justin. Sounds like we’re just getting started.