Roselle Catholic in New Jersey is a program with which Syracuse is familiar. The Orange snagged one of their most talented players in Tyler Roberson during the 2013 cycle. But another Roselle prospect is on the radar, this time in 2015 4-star Chris Silva.
"He's a tremendously athletic power forward," Roselle Catholic head coach Dave Boff said. "He's probably one of the best run and jump athletes in the country at 6-foot-9. He gets up and down the floor. He's a great rebounder and has a good touch out to the three point line. He's also still working on his offensive game. His defense is ahead of his offense right now."
Knowing the Syracuse system well, coach Boff believes Silva's skill set fits perfectly with the Orange.
"I think he'd be great," coach Boff said. "I think that's one of the reasons they're in so early on him. He's just a perfect fit for the system that they run. He's at his bet in transition offensively. On defense, his length can contest shots. He's a perfect fit."
Syracuse first discovered Silva while recruiting Roberson. They think so highly of his abilities that they recently extended an offer.
"They reached out to us (the Roselle Catholic coaching staff)," coach Boff said. "They've talked to him directly as well. But they reached out to us and they've been familiar with Chris. Obviously, another player of ours, Tyler Roberson, is a freshman at Syracuse. They've been familiar with Chris since last year.
"They're certainly up near the top of his list. He was very excited (when they offered) because it's a school of the caliber of Syracuse. But also because it was one where one of his friends is playing. So he was very excited."
Syracuse's relationship with Roselle Catholic has been a good one for both sides. The Orange are able to grab talented players that fit into their system, while coach Boff and his staff feel comfortable with their kids in the hands of the Syracuse coaches.
"Anytime a school spends enough time around your program to offer one of your players, you develop a relationship with that coaching staff," coach Boff said. "We've developed solid relationships with a lot of coaching staffs. But we have a very strong relationship with the Syracuse staff at this point.
"I think they do a nice job. They're committed to the kids. They're at a lot of events and around as much as possible. So far it's been good."
The Orange will have another opportunity to make an impression on Silva during the season when the talented forward could visit to take in a game day atmosphere.
"I would think we'll go up there with him at some point," coach Boff said. "We'll go up and watch Tyler in a game at the Carrier Dome. We'll let him see the campus a little bit. So I would think we'll do that."