Syracuse an early favorite for Keita

Three-star, 2016 center Sedee Keita discusses offer from Syracuse and where the Orange stand inside.

Syracuse basketball does a remarkable job at wrapping up recruiting classes early so that they can move onto future cycles. That plan is in effect for 2016, and Syracuse offered another player recently.

Saxtons River (Vt.) Vermont Academy center Sedee Keita picked up an Orange offer over the last two weeks.

”Coach Boeheim called me,” Keita said. “Coach McNamara saw me playing and thought I was good. All of the coaches thought I was good too. Coach said he liked my game. It’s overwhelming to have a hall of coach say that and it’s my first big time offer.”

According to the 6-foot-9 center, he is an ideal fit into Syracuse’s system. That is probably a big reason why they are pursuing the talented prospect.

”I think that I’m long and I’m quick,” Keita said. “I would do well in the back of the zone but I can get out to the perimeter. I’m a great fit in the zone.”

Keita is very familiar with the Syracuse basketball program as a fan of the college game. He knows the Orange players and follows them to his favorite NBA team.

”I follow a lot of their players,” Keita said. “Like Jerami Grant, Michael Carter-Williams. I like Philly so I follow them. But I know about the program.”

Still early in the process, Keita has the Orange at the top of his list. Despite offers from other major conference programs, he calls Syracuse his biggest one.

”They’re probably my favorite,” Keita said. “I also have offers from Villanova, VCU, Iowa and Iowa State. Syracuse, right now, is probably my favorite. They always win every year and they know how to develop high school players into pros.”

Keita plans to visit Syracuse sometime this season. While nothing is set in stone, a trip would give the Orange the opportunity to extend their lead for his services. An early commitment may be possible, though Keita says he wants to evaluate all of his options before deciding.

The thought of having another Keita on the backline of the zone is intriguing. Especially another one who is long, lean, athletic and has quick feet. Despite the common last name, Sedee and former Syracuse center Baye Keita are not related.

Sedee’s parents are from West Africa, but he was born in the United States. He is currently a three-star center ranked as the number 16 player at his position.

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