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Which recruits will Syracuse Basketball target next?

Jim Boeheim will be all smiles if Syracuse can land some of the top recruits on its wish list, including Joe Girard III and Isaiah Stewart (file photo)

It's no secret the summer is when college basketball recruiting heats up, for the Syracuse Orange look no further than the recent visit of sharpshooter Joe Girard III.

Even if Girard commits, which would be a boon for the Class of 2019 on the SU Hill, there are still several more targets out there the Orange covets.

Combo guard Brycen Goodine is the lone commitment so far, and is currently skyrocketing through the national rankings.

Elsewhere, the Orange looks to make a splash with some national recruits, such as Rochester-native Isaiah Stewart, a consensus top-10 recruit nationally.

Recruiting is such a fluid process, so we called on recruiting expert Mike McAllister of 247 Sports for a closer look at the SU situation.

“Getting Girard early would help with one of their other guys who might be their top target in the 2019 class, Isaiah Stewart" McAllister says.

While Stewart, a 6'10" big man with an impeccable game is at the top of a lot of schools wish lists, he's not the only target SU covets

"He (Stewart) is someone to watch and then another guy is Akok Akok, he plays up at Putnam Science Academy in Connecticut. Gerry McNamara is recruiting him very hard, as well and he is someone that Syracuse is in a good position with going forward."

Indeed, with Goodine in the fold already, if Syracuse can secure Girard III then it will almost certainly focus on the forward positions.

That includes Stewart, Akok and other blue-chip standouts like Precious Achuiwa, Kahlil Whitney and Kofi Cockburn among others.

The early signing period for college recruits is in October, that's the first chance any recruit from the Class of 2019 can sign with their team of choice.


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