The Under Armour Finals continue on Thursday after 2017 five star point guard Trevon Duval stole the show on Wednesday. There are a plethora of college coaches watching the action with so many talented prospects playing against each other.
Among them on Thursday is Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim. He is there to watch several players, but the primary target is Trevon Duval himself. Duval is the clear cut top target for Syracuse basketball in the 2017 class, a source informed CuseNation.com. They recently landed five-star Tyus Battle who continues the success of guards for the Orange in recent years.
Gerry McNamara, who is also at the UA Finals, is the point man in Duval’s recruitment and is also responsible for coaching the guards at Syracuse. Since his arrival as an assistant, he has coached up such players at Andy Rautins, Brandon Triche, Dion Waiters, Michael Carter-Williams, Tyler Ennis and others. Many of them becoming lottery picks in the NBA Draft after leaving early. Many of those teams were among the nation’s best and made deep NCAA Tournament runs including a Final Four appearance in 2013 with Carter-Williams and Triche in the backcourt.
Syracuse is setting itself up nicely to make a couple of more runs towards the end of Boeheim’s tenure. Duval may be the key for a run in the 2017-18 season.
With five-star commit Tyus Battle having the potential to be a one-and-done type of player, Duval becomes critical for Syracuse. The 2016-17 roster looks loaded and poised to make a run at another Final Four appearance and potentially at Boeheim’s second national title with Battle running the show. If the Orange can add Duval along with an elite big such as Nick Richards or Mohamed Bamba, it would set them up well for another title run in the 2017-18 year.
Among the other players Boeheim and McNamara will be watching at the UA Finals is five-star wing Hamidou Diallo of the 2017 class. Syracuse has not offered yet, but has tracked him through multiple AAU events.
It is quite clear that Syracuse is doing everything they can on the recruiting trail to ensure each of Boeheim’s final years at the helm, and the beginning of the Mike Hopkins era, give them every chance to have one of the best teams in college basketball.