Saxtons River (Vt.) Vermont Academy center Sedee Keita already holds an offer from Syracuse. So when he attended their elite camp on Wednesday, it was for the opportunity to compete and get to know the coaching staff a little better.
”We did a few drills in the beginning,” Keita said. “Then we did a little bit of scrimmaging at the end. But it was all good. It was fun. My favorite part were probably interacting with the coaches a little bit at the end and scrimmaging. I thought I played pretty good.”
The 2016 3-star prospect spent time speaking with Jim Boeheim, Gerry McNamara, Mike Hopkins and Adrian Autry. Those discussions, while not recruiting related, are critical as they develop a relationship that could pay dividends down the road.
”I talked to pretty much all of the coaches,” Keita said. “We didn’t talk about anything serious. We were just kind of talking I guess. Just chit-chatting and seeing how things are going.”
Keita felt he held his own despite matching up with some elite talent. Being able to play against the best is another attractive quality about Syracuse’s elite camp.
This was not Keita’s first time on campus, as he attended camp last year as well. He continues to be impressed by the Orange basketball facilities.
”I also went to the elite camp last year,” Keita said. “The Melo Center is crazy. It’s got a nice weight room in there and has two big courts. So it’s a pretty good place. And then there’s a locker room in the back. I loved it.”
The elite camp experience did nothing to hurt where Syracuse stands with the 6-foot-9 junior center.
”Yeah Syracuse is one of my top schools,” Keita said. “Being at the elite camp helps a lot. Being able to see all the coaches and how they work with their players. Because Michael Carter-Williams was there even though I know he’s on the 76ers. The coaches were talking with Chris McCullough and Kaleb Joseph. It was good to see that.”
Keita does not have a concrete timeframe for a decision, but wants to commit before his senior season.