Syracuse is showing interest in two 2017 forwards

Syracuse is showing interest in 2017 prospects Christian David and Aaron Wheeler.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Syracuse has begun showing interest in two 2017 forwards, Christian David and Aaron Wheeler. 

Christian David, a 6-foot-6, 190-pound forward, is from Saxtons River, VT. He attends Vermont Academy and runs with CIA Bounce in the summer on the EYBL circuit. 

Syracuse assistant coach Adrian Autry watched David score 18 points on Wednesday afternoon. The two had an opportunity to talk after the game. 

"Coach Autry talked about the 2017 recruiting class and how it is a big class for them," he told "He said that he really likes that I am versatile and can play the 2 or 3. We also talked about my style of play and how I can fit into their program."

Autry did not extend an offer on Wednesday, but he told Christian they will be watching him closely on the AAU circuit this spring. 

"Syracuse is definitely a school I am interested in and definitely a school I would like to visit," David told

Christian has offers from OregonBaylor, IllinoisProvidence, Florida, Texas Tech, George WashingtonDePaul, Virginia Tech, Seton HallCreightonRice, Duquesne and Old Dominion

He has interest from West Virginia, Texas, Villanova, Syracuse, Maryland and Northwestern.

As for Aaron Wheeler, he's a 6-foot-7, 180-pound forward from Stamford, Connecticut. He attends St. Andrew's School.

"Coach Hopkins was at one of our practices a few weeks ago," Wheeler told 

"He said he liked my game and felt it fit well with their system. He also said he would keep in touch. They want to see me play more in the spring.' 

Wheeler will run with the Mass Rivals this summer on the adidas circuit.

Aaron described his game for those who have yet to see him play, "I'm a pretty good athlete who tries to use athleticism to get to the basket," he said. "I can also known down the three ball and have a pretty handle, but it's still something I need to work on. On the defensive end, I'm a pretty good rebounder and play the passing lanes well. I can also block shots."

He has offers from Providence, Rhode Island and Duquesne with interest from Kansas, Notre DameXavier, Villanova, Texas, Syracuse, among others. 

Wheeler already has a connection to 7-foot-2 transfer center Paschal Chukwu, which makes him more interested in SU. 

"I think I would visit to see how I like it. I feel like it would be a good fit for me," he told "I know Paschal [Chukwu], so that would be fun, maybe even playing with him there, too. He played with my brother for a year at Trinity, so we know his host family really well." 

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