Syracuse basketball has a proud tradition with some of the best players in college basketball history. One of their best was John Wallace, who led them to a Final Four in 1996. His son Joey Wallace, a 2015 point guard from Greece-Athena High School in Rochester (N.Y.), attended the Orange's elite camp last month.
"Yeah I went to the Elite Camp," Wallace said. "It was a great experience. A few years ago I went to the camp and I was like the youngest kid there. There were a lot of big time players there like Nerlens Noel and players like that. It was a good experience because I got to play against better players and players older than me. At this camp, I was a much better basketball player. I was one of the players at the top. So it was a great experience."
Wallace's improvement over the last few years was noticed by the Syracuse staff during the camp.
"They told me my ball handling has gotten better," Wallace said. "Definitely a better shooter. And they said they liked my footwork."
Wallace has been developing his relationship with the Syracuse staff for some time. Having a father who is always around the program certainly helps. Still, the young guard has nothing but good things to say about Jim Boeheim and the other coaches.
"He's a great guy," Wallace said. "When I was little, I used to always go to the Syracuse camps at the Dome. Since I was nine years old, growing up, I was always going there and it was a lot of fun. I always talked to him and the other coaching staff like Mike Hopkins. They're just great coaches. They're fun people to be around. I love learning from those guys and helping me with my game."
Wallace is one the radar of several schools, though it is early in the process. He has already visited Central Connecticut while also receiving interest from Virginia Tech and Columbia. Still, an offer from Syracuse would be a dream come true for the legacy recruit.
"It would mean everything," Wallace said. "I've been dreaming of going to Syracuse ever since I was little. Especially knowing my dad went there, it would be crazy if I ended up there."