Friday night was an important one in New Jersey as the 2015-16 high school season tipped off. There were many Syracuse targets in action, including Tyus Battle, Andre Rafus, Jahvon Quinerly, Nazreon Reid and Jordan Tucker.
Tyus Battle, a 2016 signee, started his career with St. Joseph (Met.) off on a strong note, scoring a game-high 17 points in a 58-42 victory over South Brunswick. St. Joseph improved to 1-0.
Andre Rafus, a 2017 four-star small forward, scored a game-high 22 points in Roselle Catholic's 73-49 season-opening victory over Plainfield. Syracuse hasn't offered Rafus yet, but remains in steady contact. An offer is expected soon. The 6-foot-9 forward has expressed high interest in the Orange.
Jahvon Quinerly, an elite 2018 guard, scored a game-high 29 points on six 3-pointers. Hudson Catholic blew out Elizabeth, 74-37, to improve to 1-0. Quinerly has told CuseNation.com he has high interest in Syracuse, despite not possessing an offer.
Naz Reid, an elite 2018 forward, scored 18 points in Roselle Catholic's 73-49 victory over Plainfield. Reid recently told SNY.tv that Syracuse could potentially be his landing spot, but it's too early to tell. He was in attendance when the Orange lost to St. John's, 84-72, last weekend at Madison Square Garden. RC is 1-0 on the season.
Jordan Tucker, a 6-foot-7 guard/forward out of Archbishop Stepinac (NY), scored 16 points and grabbed 7 boards in a 71-55 victory over All Hallows. Kentucky assistant coach Tony Barbee was in attendance to see Tucker, which is the first time Kentucky has shown interest in the four-star forward.