2022 4-star forward, Chris Bunch has been courted by plenty of D1 programs. The likes of Florida State, Creighton, Oklahoma State, Maryland, Ole Miss, and many more are on the list of offers for the California native. Recently, Bunch announced he’s narrowed it down to three schools: Rutgers, Washington, and Syracuse. SU fans will have mixed feelings about their chances here and rightfully so due to Mike Hopkins’ Huskies in the mix.
Orange fans have a right to be unsure about their team’s ability to land a recruit like this one. It was just a couple of months ago when Kamari Lands, the headline of SU’s ‘22 group, spurned them, becoming the second decommit from that class, along with Dior Johnson.
The history with Hopkins of course goes back to Isaiah Stewart who reportedly was all in on Syracuse until 15 minutes before his announcement in which he called Boeheim and switched sides, in hopes to play for the former SU assistant and big-time recruiter out west.
This could be a statement signing for Syracuse. If Boeheim can land Bunch and do so without his decommitment, it could be a huge step in the right direction for this program and help to fill the hole that lands left. While Lands was still determined to play in Orange threads, Syracuse held a top 10 ranking with its 2022 class. Now? 28th, with 4-star Justin Taylor, 3-star Quadir Copeland, and unranked Peter Carey.
Per an interview conducted by 247, Bunch said the allure in Syracuse is all about Boeheim, “The big thing that sticks out to me about their program is Jim Boeheim. The greats he has coached and the history of great scoring wings coming out of there is their pitch for me. They want me to come in to have an immediate impact.”
Bunch could be the next great wing out of SU and from the looks of it, that’s exactly what Boeheim wants too if he’s sincere about immediate playing time.