With basketball season right around the corner, the Syracuse staff has not lost focus on recruiting. A talented 4-star guard paid a visited the Orange recently. Dorian Pickens, a 2014 shooting-guard, spoke with CuseNation.com about that visit.
"I was at Syracuse yesterday (Thursday) with Coach Jim Boeheim, Coach (Mike) Hopkins, and the guys," Pickens said. "It was a great visit. They showed me around the campus a little bit and showed me the Carrier Dome. I got to meet all the players and the coaches.
"It's a great campus and they have a great program. They have real good academics and it has a good family feel."
One of the highlights for Pickens was being able to meet some of the current Syracuse players. He enjoyed hanging out with them.
When he met with the coaching staff, he liked speaking with Coach Boeheim. Despite not offering Pickens yet, the staff expressed a lot of interest in the Phoenix (AZ) product.
"They really like my game a lot," the 4-star guard said. "Coach Boeheim hasn't personally seen me play but he watched me work out there yesterday and liked my game. He knows I'm a good shooter and I'm a big guard.
"He let me know how much he liked me and that they're going to keep recruiting me and watching me through the year and next summer."
From his visit, he was able to get a feel for how he would fit into the 2-3 zone. Pickens believes it is a good fit.
"I think I'd fit in fine," he described. "The zone is based on a lot of man-to-man principles, so it's not that hard of a transition to switch over to playing zone more of the game. I have played zone before plenty of times. So it wouldn't be difficult at all. I could play at the top or the bottom depending on the situation. So I think it'd be a good fit."
Being early on the process, Pickens says he is not excluding any school right now. The Pinnacle High product enjoyed his time at Syracuse and remains interested. He is looking to cut his list in early 2013. For now, Syracuse remains in the mix.
As the 6-foot-4 guard looks to focus on recruiting, he knows exactly what he's looking for in the program he will play for during his college career.
"A school I would want to go to has to have a good education," Pickens told CuseNation.com. "That's very important to me. A school that has a good basketball program, great coaching staff, a school that makes you feel comfortable, and ultimately a school that's the best situation for me to get to the next level."
Pickens is planning on majoring in business, though that is not set in stone.
His east coast tour continues after his Syracuse visit, as he will be visiting Georgetown and West Virginia over the next few weeks. After that, visits to some Pac-12 schools are in the planning stages.