A four-star Syracuse 2022 basketball engagement and several high-profile targets over multiple recruiting cycles have just completed their game in the Bob Kirk Invitational Showcase at Allegany College of Maryland in Cumberland, MD.
This event kicked off the competition during the 2021-22 campaign for teams that are part of the National Interscholastic Basketball Conference, a sort of super league featuring the best prep school groups from across the country.
In a contest, Orange 2022 promises Chris Bunch, a four-star wing and a prospect in the top 60 according to 247Sports, against former Cuse 2022 recruiting target JJ Starling, a native of central New York and a four-star goalkeeper .
Bunch, a senior at Wasatch Academy in Mount Pleasant, Utah, picked Syracuse basketball in October against Washington and Rutgers, led by Mike Hopkins.
Starling, a student at La Lumière School in La Porte, Indiana, had Orange in his top five before deciding to go to Notre Dame.
JJ Starling got the better of Syracuse basketball player Chris Bunch.
In this intriguing battle, the La Lumière school crushed Wasatch Academy by a final tally of 86-57, according to the media. Starling put on a great performance helping to guide the school of The Light to victory.
In 26 minutes of time on the field, Starling had 15 points, six rebounds and four assists. He connected on a solid 6 of 12 from the field, including 3 of 8 from beyond the arc.
Bunch, unfortunately, did not fare as well in his team’s resounding defeat. He got 21 minutes of running, although Bunch only had three points and three boards.
Recruiting analysts and national scouts praised Bunch for being one of the top outdoor shooters in the 2022 class, but against La Lumière school, Bunch was only one in ten on the field as a whole, and he only hit one goal. de-5 from a 3-point field.
In this lopsided affair, Roddy Gayle Jr. paced Wasatch Academy with 19 points. Gayle, a four-star shooter from 2022, had the ‘Cuse among his half-dozen finalists before choosing Ohio State last year.
By the way, as we noted in another recent column, the latest National Top 20 rankings from MaxPreps placed La Lumière School at # 7 and Wasatch Academy at # 11.
I’m sure some of my fellow Syracuse basketball fanatics will see this result and have concerns about Bunch, but let’s face it. It’s a game, and he was facing off against one of the best prep school teams in the country.