The full court press recruitment strategy worked. Elijah Moore, a 2024 shooting guard from Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx, has committed to Syracuse, the first member of SU’s 2024 class. The 6’4 170 pounder is known primarily as a perimeter shooter.
Moore is a four-star, the number 73 player in the nation and number 3 in New York State, according to 247Sports. He’s 97th in the country and 5th in the state in 247’s composite rankings.
Moore was a key target for the Orange. Billionaire booster Adam Weitsman showed as much by reportedly offering Moore an NIL deal and hosting him at the SU-North Carolina game along with rappers A Boogie wit da Hoodie and Fabolous.
It’s a massive get for Syracuse for a couple of reasons. One is the obvious, you secure a top 100 player to set the foundation for this recruiting cycle, and it starts to silence the critics of Jim Boeheim and company, who don’t have a recruit in the class of 2023, which shouldn’t come as a surprise because of the six man 2022 class and the expected use of the transfer portal this offseason.
In a broader sense, it’s the first get for Weitsman and his NIL strategy. He offered 2024 five-star Elliot Cadeau, who put SU among his finalists, but the blue chipper ended up choosing North Carolina. Weitsman put Syracuse in the game, but couldn’t close. Moore is not that level of prospect, but Weitsman did help close this time, which provides concrete evidence that his involvement can be crucial.
So, Syracuse fans, get excited. Moore is a good prospect, and is step one in what the Orange hope is the right direction as far as becoming a recruiting power once again is concerned.