Yes, Syracuse basketball just had a massive win over Wake Forest, but this season has been underwhelming to say the least. The Orange need a reboot. There are rumors and more people pleading for Jim Boeheim to retire. Plus, a stacked recruiting class coming in.
Syracuse already has five players committed in the recruiting class of 2022. The Orange rank seventh in the ACC and 25th nationally, their highest ranking since 2016. Just as you thought the class couldn’t get any better, SU is showing interest in Judah Mintz.
The Washington DC native is a consensus four-star and is the No. 35 overall recruit according to ESPN. They also list Mintz as the seventh best shooting guard in the class. He’s currently listed at 6-foot-4, 175 lbs. and goes to Oak Hill Academy, the same school as Carmelo Anthony back in the day.
“You can’t ignore the history with coach Boeheim,” Mintz told SI Syracuse’s Mike McAllister. “He’s a winner. Having seen guards that played similar to me go to the NBA is a big thing too.”
Hintz is one of only nine players in ESPN’s top 100 to not commit to a school yet. According to 247Sports, he has 14 offers headlined by ACC foes Wake Forest, Virginia Tech and NC State, as well as the disgusting school they call Georgetown. Hintz has scheduled official visits in February to DePaul and NC State, and says he will be making a trip up to Syracuse soon.
“It’ll probably all come down to the visits,” Mintz said in his interview with McAllister. “[I’ll be looking for] a family atmosphere is big for me. Style of play and the players because that’s who I’m going to be with next year. So that’s important too.”
Hintz is a bonafide Power-5 starter. Sure, Syracuse will still have Joe Girard and Symir Torrence. Sure, Quadir Copeland is already signed in the class of 2022. Forget about all of that. Hintz can change this team. He can be the go-to scorer once Buddy Boeheim leaves. The guard is not as much of a prolific shooter as Buddy, but he’s extremely athletic and uses different speeds to get past defenders. Plus, Hintz has good size and length to play at the top of the zone.
If Hintz picks Syracuse, which is a major if because he’s smart enough to realize SU’s incoming class is already pretty big, he can be a day-one starter. Don’t get your hopes up too high, but definitely keep an eye on this guy.