Jim Boeheim is already quoted as saying the recruiting class coming in next season is the greatest he’s ever had. The HOFer has an entire starting 5 showing up to campus next fall:
G – Quadir Copeland
G – Justin Taylor
F- Chris Bunch
F – Maliq Brown
C – Peter Carey
If he’s right about how good those guys will be, Syracuse fans could be in for a much better season after the underwhelming play they were subjected to this year.
Currently ranked 7th in the ACC and 23rd in the nation according to 247sports.com, that class is pretty hyped up. Though Boeheim and company might still be trying to make it better. Here are a couple of names to keep your eye on for the next few months as SU could bolster its already strong class of 2022:
Mintz took is Syracuse at the peak of its hype when Duke came to town in late February. Obviously, that wasn’t a flattering game for the Orange, but it probably wasn’t very difficult to sell Mintz on the Dome, the Fans, or the conference after that. The Washington D.C. native is a little skinny at 6-3 165, but Jerry Meyer of 247 describes him as a physical guard regardless,
“A physical lead guard with the length and skill to play shooting guard. A functional athlete who combines solid traditional athleticism with impressive crafty body control athleticism. Does possess an extra gear to separate from defenders and to make defensive plays. Is a keep the defense honest long-distance shooter who is developing beyond that mark. Strength as a scorer is pressuring the rim. Is a resourceful finisher. Plays with power to the rim with his low center of gravity style. Utilizes fakes and pivots well. Has potential as a post-up threat. Rebounds his position. Is a smart, disruptive, and versatile defender.”
Mintz would fit into SU as its highest-rated recruit and already a top guard on the roster. For a team that struggled with depth this past season, adding another talented player at the top of the zone could greatly impact a season.
The highest-rated recruit on this list, Clark is ranked as the 25th highest-ranked recruit in the nation according to Paul Biancardi’s ESPN 100. The Nashville Tennessee native recently rescinded his commitment from Kentucky and has since received calls from a plethora of schools, one of which being Syracuse. If SU could land a guy like him, it would take the 2022 class to new heights. Clark is a score-first point guard, as well as an exceptional playmaker. Syracuse would benefit greatly from having a true-point guard with scoring capabilities in 2022-23.
Another recent de-commit, Lindsay announced he wouldn’t be attending the University of South Carolina in early March. Lindsay, another guard, is only a 3-star prospect. Syracuse has ties to him as despite the Orange never offering, they were heavily interested early in his recruiting process. Lindsay would fit in well with SU, as he’s another combo guard who could provide strength and more importantly depth at the top of the zone.