2017 four-star shooting guard Alex O'Connell talks Syracuse visit, offer

Class of 2017 shooting guard Alex O'Connell talks Syracuse visit, recruitment. Details inside:

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Class of 2017 four-star shooting guard Alex O'Connell took an unofficial visit to Syracuse on Thursday, he told CuseNation.com. He received an offer on the visit.

"It was fantastic," he said. "I loved everything about it."

O'Connell met with head coach Jim Boeheim, toured the campus, facilities and discussed his potential role with the Orange. "I loved the campus," he said. "Everything was just awesome." 

"They told me how they've always had a guy like me and how there are plenty of opportunities at Syracuse."

O'Connell, a 6-foot-6 shooting guard out of Georgia, has offers from Auburn, Charlotte, Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Iowa State, Kansas State, Mississippi and UAB, among others. 

He has previously visited Tulane, Georgia Tech, Ole Miss and Clemson. 

O'Connell averaged 22.3 points per game last year at Milton High School, a team that won 25 games.

He runs with Team United in the EYBL circuit, where he leads the team in scoring at 14 points per game. He's in the top twenty in 3-pointers made. 

His father, Mike, played for Duke under Bill Foster. The Blue Devils have been in contact but haven't offered. 

O'Connell is a knock-down shooter, consistently hitting from both mid-range and long-range. He said his ball handling needs improvement, as well as finishing at the basket while facing contact. 

While watching O'Connell, Grayson Allen comes to mind. He's a smart, well-rounded player with the ability to pull up and hit a 3-pointer in the defenders face. Being a taller guard, Alex uses that to his advantage creating separation and scoring.

He can play the two or the three and early playing time isn't necessarily the biggest factor in his recruitment. 

He was born in Maryland but now resides in Georgia. Proximity to home in his college decision isn't a big deal, he said. 

Alex plans to make his college decision towards the end of August with Syracuse heavily in the mix. 

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