Andre Rafus, a 2017 small forward, visited Syracuse in the end of August for the elite camp. On the visit, Rafus got a chance to play against top competition in front of coach Boeheim, Hopkins, McNamara and Autry, and made quite the impression.
"I played really well," Rafus told CuseNation.com. "I loved the campus, too. It was a great visit."
The 6-foot-8 forward recently transferred to Roselle Catholic (NJ), a school in which Syracuse has a great relationship with.
"I chose Roselle because of coach Boff," he said. "I trust coach Boff and I know he'll make me a better player."
The Baltimore (MD) native has over 20 D-1 offers, all starting with UNLV his freshman year of high school. He told CuseNation.com that one school hasn't recruited harder than another, and "everyone has been calling."
Syracuse first contacted Rafus in July. He told CuseNation.com that coach Hopkins had reached out and extended an invitation to the elite camp. The Orange have had great success recruiting the Baltimore area, but once his decision to transfer went public, SU jumped on the opportunity.
"They contacted me before I transferred," Rafus continued, "I can see myself playing there."
He will attend Orange Madness next Friday.
Other than the Syracuse visit next week, Andre says he doesn't have anything else scheduled.
"I really like their style of play," Rafus said when asked about the Orange. He's an extremely athletic forward that loves to run the floor. His length and athleticism in Boeheim's 2-3 zone would be effective, to say the least.
"I can score very easily," Rafus said. "People say I play like Carmelo Anthony."
Andre added he expects to get an offer from the Orange during his visit next week.