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Why new five-star commit Sadiq White is so important to Syracuse

Class of 2025 power forward Sadiq White committed to Syracuse last night. White is the first member of the ‘25 class to commit to SU and is ranked as the 26th overall recruit in 2025. So, what has White’s numbers looked like so far, how does he fit in SU’s system and why is this such a big get for Coach Autry?

White’s high school stats

There’s a reason that White’s ranked as a five-star recruit. This past high school season, the Charlotte native averaged just under 17 points per game in 28 games. White also racked up just under six rebounds a game slotting in at the center position. As for his play in the Nike EYBL league, the forward is averaging just over 11 points and a little under five rebounds a game. Scouts have said there is plenty of room for White to improve and that his numbers should go up in the travel league as time goes on. 

How does White fit in SU’s system?

White is described as a player who is “super bouncy, able to play up at the top of the box, and quick with his second (and third) bounces” by 247 Sports Director of scouting Adam Finklestein. His skill set fits into what Autry is looking for in the next few years. Besides Jesse Edwards, Syracuse hasn’t had a true center presence in several years, but that now seems to be changing. Between center Eddie Lampkin Jr. and forward Donnie Freeman being on the squad this season, the Orange are returning to having a consistent skilled big man. White is the perfect player to keep making an impact in the paint, and slots well into Autry’s system.

Why is this such a big commitment for Autry?

Autry has only had two players from high school officially pledge to Syracuse, those two being Freeman and White. For the first-year head coach, that’s more than promising. White has five stars and is rated as the number-one player in North Carolina for the 2025 cycle. As for Freeman, he’s also a five-star and ranked 15th overall in the class of 2024. If Autry can keep landing commits like White who picked Syracuse over bigger programs like Tennessee and Alabama, the future is more than promising for SU basketball. 

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