Eggleston Details Orange Madness Experience

2017 wing Melo Eggleston visited Syracuse over the weekend and took in Orange Madness. He recaps his experience, and where the Orange stand, with CuseNation.com inside.

Baltimore (Md.) has been good to Syracuse in the past. Especially with players named Melo. Carmelo Anthony was raised in that city and the Orange are recruiting Melo Eggleston, a class of 2017 wing who attends St. Frances Academy in Baltimore.

Over the weekend, he visited Syracuse to check out the facilities and take in Orange Madness. He was impressed by what he saw.

”Orange Madness was great,” Eggleston said. “I liked the whole event. The part that I liked the best was that the fans already knew who I was as if I went to Syracuse already.”

The fan and recruiting event, which kicks off the start of the season, opened the eyes of Eggleston. He was already interested in Syracuse, and his visit only enhanced that interest.

”It made me like them more,” Eggleston said. “Because now, I know the fans will support me and show love if I went to SU. They showed love even though I’m not committed there or anything.”

One of the standout events during Orange Madness was the dunk contest. The finalists were Chris McCullough and B.J. Johnson, with Johnson taking the crowd. Eggleston disagreed with that decision.

”The best was when my bro Chris McCullough did an eastbay (between the legs),” he said. “By far the best dunk of the night. I think he should have won. That dunk brought the fans to their feet.”

Syracuse has some of the best facilities in college basketball. The crown jewel is the Melo Center. Eggleston, and the other recruits, was able to check them out during his visit. He left every impressed with the Orange and the Melo Center.

Currently, Eggleston does not have an offer from Syracuse but is hopeful one will come in the future. He says the coaching staff continues to express their interest in his abilities and how he would fit into their system.

”They have a lot of interest in me,” Eggleston said. “They said I’m high on their list. They like me a lot, but as far as an offer, I don’t know how far I am from getting one. We talked about me as a player and then went on to talk about how some players leave school too early.”

It’s still very early in the process for the sophomore wing. Even without an offer, Syracuse remains a school of high interest.

”I’m still open but I like Cuse a lot,” Eggleston said.


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