MaxPreps unveiled its latest top 20 ranking of the nation’s best academies and independent programs (excluding traditional high schools), and teams with a basketball commitment in Syracuse and other recruiting targets have been selected. .
Jordan Divens, the national basketball editor for MaxPreps, at Wasatch Academy in Mount Pleasant, Utah., At No.11. One of the standouts at Wasatch Academy is Chris Bunch, a 2022 four-star wing who has signed his national letter of intent to play for the Orange.
The 6-foot-7 squad, a nationally top 100 consensus prospect who is ranked in the top 60 overall by 247Sports, picked the ‘Cuse in October over other finalists Washington and Rutgers. Previously, he had adapted to De La Salle High School in Concord, California.
Other teams worth noting here include No.1 AZ Compass Prep School in Chandler, Ariz., No.2 Montverde Academy in Montverde, Fla., No.3 IMG Academy in Bradenton, Arizona. Florida, # 6 Hillcrest Prep in Gilbert, Arizona, # 7 La Lumière School in La Porte, Indiana, and # 12 Prolific Prep in Napa Valley, California.
Syracuse’s basketball recruiting prospects are playing for very well-ranked groups.
The Montverde Academy roster is made up of 2023 five-star forward Kwame Evans Jr. and 2024 five-star striker Derik Queen, both from Baltimore who received offers from Orange in October.
Former Syracuse basketball target Chance Westry, a 2022 Auburn four-star goalie, is getting ready for AZ Compass Prep School.
Four-star Orange 2022 hires shooting guard Justin Taylor and playmaker Quadir Copeland are part of the IMG Academy post-graduate squad.
The former ‘Cuse 2022 commit Kamari Lands, a four-star wing, is on the Hillcrest Prep list.
JJ Starling, from central New York, a 2022 four-star goalie who had Orange among his five finalists before selecting Notre-Dame, is competing for the La Lumière school.
Prolific Prep has a loaded roster that includes Dior Johnson, a 2022 five-star point guard who was initially engaged in basketball from Syracuse.
Johnson reopened his recruiting about a year ago and enlisted a few months ago in Oregon.