Christmas To Cuse

Rakeem Christmas is going to play for the Syracuse Orangemen.

Jim Boeheim's Syracuse Orangemen are pretty good at this recruiting game.

On Friday, the Orangemen received their third – and highest rated – commitment from the Class of 2011. Rakeem Christmas,'s No. 9 prospect and top overall center, pledged his allegiance.

``I had a lot of great options, but I fell in love with Syracuse," said Christmas. ``I know a lot of the guys on the team and that made a difference in my decision. I also felt that I could fit in well with their system."

Christmas plays high school ball at Bryn Athyn (Pa.) Academy of New Church. He runs on the same AAU team – Team Final – as Trevor Cooney, Syracuse's first commitment from the class. They'll team up with guard Michael Carter-Williams to form one of the country's top recruiting classes.

Christmas visited Syracuse last weekend. Florida, Florida International, Georgetown, Oklahoma, Rutgers and Texas.

Christmas has a well-earned reputation for blocking shots. He's participating in the Nike Global games this weekend in Portland, Ore.

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