Late Monday night, Jason Jordan of USA Today reported that 2017 5-star point guard Trevon Duval will be transferring to Advanced Prep International (Dallas, TX) for his junior season. Duval is ranked the No. 3 player in the class.
Now, what does this mean for Syracuse? It goes to show that Trevon and 2016 commit Tyus Battle are polar opposites. Battle, a New Jersey native, initially committed to the University of Michigan. On July 1, the 6-foot-7 combo-guard annouced his decommitment from Michigan, stating proximity to home as the main reason. Sixteen days later, Battle called Jim Boeheim and annouced his commitment to Syracuse University.
Duval, unlike Battle, isn't a home-body. It doesn't seem as if proximity to home will play a major role, if any, in his recruitment. With the official annoucement on Monday, Trey will be heading to Dallas, Texas later this month to prepare for his junior season. He'll be teaming up with Terrance Ferguson and Billy Preston. Ferguson, an Alabama commit, is the 13th best player in the 2016 class. Preston, a 5-star SF, is ranked No. 8 overall in the 2017 class.
Despite being heavily involved with Duval, I don't expect Syracuse to make a push for either Feguson or Preston.
With Duval annoucing he'll transfer to Texas, it opens up his recruitment entirely. That's not to say Duval didn't have offers from all over the country, because he does. However, it does show that he's not afraid to leave New Jersey, and schools such as UCLA, Arizona and Texas are just as much contenders as Syracuse, St. John's, Villanova, etc.
The point being: distance and proximity to home isn't a factor. Duval will land wherever fits him best.
Coach Ray Forsett, the former coach at Prime Prep (TX), will coach API. Coach Forsett worked with Emmanuel Mudiay, which Duval cites as a main reason for selecting API. "I've been watching E-Man since he was younger and I've seen how much he's grown under Coach Ray," Duval told USA Today. "I definietly want to learn and get better and I'm excited about this new situation."
A source close to the Syracuse basketball program told CuseNation.com last week that 2017 4-star point guard Quade Green has become a priority. That information was passed along days after the Syracuse basketball elite camp on August 29. Duval's family cancelled the trip the night before.
Green seems like the more realistic option. The Philadelphia native was excited to visit Syracuse for the elite camp, and confirmed via text message that he enjoyed his visit and is looking to return for another. Quade attends Neumann-Goretti, the same high school that produced Rick Jackson and Scoop Jardine.
Syracuse views Green as a highly talented player who is a natural winner. Although his interest level with the Orange is high, a decision is still a ways away.
I wouldn't say Syracuse is out of the running for Duval, but their chances took a major hit with the recent news. Duval may follow in the steps of Emmanuel Mudiay and forgo college to begin a professional career out of high school. That decision, however, is a few years away.