Chris Bunch rounded out an amazing recruiting class for Syracuse when he committed on Thursday. The Orange now have elite talent at every position on the floor coming in next season (assuming they all sign their LOIs). With the addition of Bunch, Syracuse’s class is now a top 10 group. 247 Sports jumped them to #10 in the Class of ’22 rankings.
Duke, Arkansas and Kansas are the top 3, as they all have at least one 5-star recruit. Ohio State, Michigan and Kentucky are 4-6, although the Wildcats are the only school with a 5-star (all three of their commits). UNC, Virginia, and Villanova are the rest of the top 9 ahead of SU.
Behind a pair of 4-stars and three 3-stars, Syracuse has the 10th class in America. Among the teams ranked above them, only Arkansas and Ohio State also have 5 commits. The ACC is once again the elite basketball conference for collecting talent. The ACC has 4 of the top 10 recruiting classes.
Bunch is the highest ranking of all the SU commits, at #72 in the nation according to 247. Although Bunch has been ranked higher than that by others. Justin Taylor is also a 4-star recruit, at #74. Quadir Copeland, Maliq Brown and Peter Carey are all 3-stars. Copeland is #149, Brown is #226, Carey is #251.
Rankings are nice talk fodder, but ultimately it’s about winning and developing great players. The ’22 SU class has a chance to do all of that. The Orange have rebounded in a big way since losing Kamari Lands. Credit Gerry McNamara, Adrian Autry and Jim Boeheim for keeping the foot to the floor and collecting such a strong class. SU has one of its most heralded classes in years.
There certainly seems to be a renewed urgency for SU hoops in recruiting. With the pending retirement of Boeheim in the next 3 (4, 5?) years, there feels to be a win now mentality. The best part about this class is they’re all high quality kids. They want to play with each other, they embrace the SU culture and are considered leaders of their teams. The future is bright with the Class of ’22.