SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The 2017 recruiting cycle is well underway with the Orange targeting many of the nation's top prospects. But the 2018 class is also heating up.
CuseNation.com breaks down SU's top targets, who to watch and names to remember.
Reddish, a 6-foot-8 guard/forward, recently received an offer from the Orange. He's ranked as the No. 3 player in the 2018 class, and for good reason. He has interest from every major D-I program and his offers continue to pile in.
He's an explosive athlete and an elite scorer, which has drawn comparisons to Carmelo Anthony's days at Oak Hill. His mid-range and long-range jumper is already very good, while creating his own shot and finishing at the rim comes at ease.
Reddish has visited Syracuse multiple times and holds high interest in Jim Boeheim's program.
Shittu, a 6-foot-8 power forward out of Canada, plays his high school ball at Montverde Academy in Florida - arguably the best program in high school basketball. Scout.com ranks Shittu as the sixth-best player in the 2018 class, and the No. 4 power forward.
Simi's mobility stands out in his game, as he gets up and down the court very well for his size. He fits perfectly in Syracuse's run-and-gun style of offense, and plays above the rim as well as anyone in the class. Offensively, Shittu is better when he's facing the rim, as opposed to posting up his defender.
When watching Shittu, Tyler Roberson comes to mind with his ability to grab offensive rebounds and get easy put-backs. He isn't a great shooter, yet, but has a few years before college to develop that part of his game.
Quickley, the No. 11 player in the 2018 class, is poised to be a one-and-done prospect. After a dominant showing at the USA trials in June, his recruitment has taken off with many national powerhouse programs showing interest and offering scholarships.
Quickley can do it all offensively and can play any tempo. He says his shooting, passing and basketball IQ set him apart from most 2018 prospects, and his competitiveness and willingness to do the little things help him stand out.
At the USA trials in June, Immanuel made a name for himself and solidified his five-star ranking. Syracuse has reached out and shown interest, but have not offered the Baltimore native. The Orange has great success recruiting the DMV area - Quickley should be no different.
North Carolina will be a major player throughout his recruitment.
Smith received an offer from Syracuse back on June 15th. He's currently rated as a five-star prospect on Scout, and the No. 13 overall player in the class of 2018. Like Quickley, Smith is a native of Baltimore, but plays for Mount St. Joseph.
Jalen has a lot of national interest, including Arizona, Maryland, Miami, Providence, Stanford, Villanova and Virginia, among others.
Smith, who goes by the nickname "Sticks," will need to add weight before the next level, according to our Scout.com analysts. Being a power forward, he doesn't need to rely on ball-handling, but it does need improvement. As of now, he can create his own shot off the dribble, but won't be able to at the next level without more development. His ability to shoot, especially for a 6-foot-8 forward, is very good from 12-to-15 feet.
Reid has been on Syracuse's radar for a few years now. He's a five-star prospect. He could play either the four or five at Syracuse, if he chooses then-Mike Hopkins' program.
Reid is a native of New Jersey and attends Roselle Catholic, another good pipeline for the Orange. He's extremely athletic, plays above the rim and could be the best rebounder in the class of 2018 when it's all said and done. His offensive game is coming along. He's very good around the rim, and is improving his mid-range game. He can hit the occasional 3-pointer. His 7-foot-1 wingspan in the zone would be extremely effective.
King, who is a former teammate of Naz Reid's at Roselle Catholic, transferred to Hudson Catholic halfway through the 2015-16 season. He'll be attending his third school in as many years.
King, a four-star prospect, is listed at 6-foot-8, and has a tremendous leaping ability. The Orange offered King while he was on junior varsity -- before he even played a minute of varsity basketball.
He's beginning to gather national attention, but the majority of his interest is coming from local schools - Syracuse, St. John's, Seton Hall and Rutgers. The Orange was in on King early, which could bod well when his recruitment develops.
Mucius does not have an offer from Syracuse and the interest has slowed down, but he's still a name to keep on tabs. The 6-foot-7, 185-pound small forward out of Maryland has offers from Wake Forest, St. John's, Penn State and Oregon, among others. He plays his AAU ball for the PSA Cardinals.
He's originally from Brooklyn, and has interest from UConn, Florida, Maryland and Villanova, among others.
Mucius is a double-double machine, and started out this EYBL season averaging 10 points and nine rebounds per game. He can do a little bit of everything and relies on consistent play to see time on the floor. He says he can play anywhere from the two-guard to the power forward position. From time to time, he plays the five and protects the paint, although that wouldn't be something Syracuse would have him do.
Slater is an interesting prospect to watch. Although he doesn't have any public interest from Syracuse, he attends the same school as current Orange point guard Frank Howard (Paul VI).
Slater is a 6-foot-6 shooting guard who holds offers from Louisville, Maryland, Memphis, USC, Virginia and West Virginia, among others.
Brandon is a very good 3-point shooter, but struggles inside-the-arc - which is rare. It's similar to Michael Gbinije being an impressive 3-point shooter but struggling at the free-throw line -- it can't be explained. He's extremely competitive, which analysts say is a major-plus in his game. He's very athletic but needs to add muscle before the next level. He has trouble finishing around the rim due to lack of strength, but he's still young.
Quinerly, a 6-foot-1 true point guard, plays for Hudson Catholic (NJ) alongside Louis King. He's the 32nd-ranked prospect in Scout's class of 2018 list and has mutual interest with Syracuse.
The four-star holds offers from Cal, Cincinnati, Notre Dame, UConn, Pittsburgh, SMU, Virginia and Tennessee, among others. He does not yet have an offer from Syracuse, nor has he visited the campus.
Villanova, Stanford and Virginia have been on Quinerly a lot recently, with Syracuse falling behind in his recruitment. The Orange haven't made guards a priority yet in the 2018 class, especially with the numerous scholarship offers out to class of 2017 prospects.
Quinerly can score when needed, but is more a Tyler Ennis-type guard. He's a pass-first guard who rarely turns it over.
Since June 15th - the day college coaches began contacting 2018 prospects directly - Quinerly has not heard from Syracuse.
He recently attended the Steph Curry camp in California.
The sixth-best shooting guard in the 2018 class, Antwann Jones, is receiving interest from Syracuse, he told Scout.
Jones has offers from Dayton, Georgia, Memphis, Rutgers, South Carolina, USF and Wake Forest, among others.
Jones stands at 6-foot-6, 190 pounds and has a natural ability to score in multiple ways. He isn't the quickest player on the court, but can facilitate his way to getting buckets with anyone in the class of 2018. He has a score-first mentality, and his long arms and lanky body would fit ideally in Jim Boeheim's 2-3 zone.
Mohammad, a four-star shooting guard, attends Hudson Catholic (NJ) with Jahvon Quinerly and Louis King. He holds offers from St. John's, Seton Hall, UConn, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Rutgers, among many more. He also holds interest from Villanova, Arizona and VCU, among others.
Mohammad is very good creating his own shot off the dribble. He's a very patient driver, but can be explosive when needed. He has quick hands on the defensive end of the floor, which creates problems for opposing offenses. He can read passing lanes and create turnovers at a high rate. He often takes those steals coast-to-coast.
When facing contact at the rim, Mohammad can finish with ease. He's a strong kid for his age, and will only get stronger as his body matures.
He plays AAU ball with Quinerly and Naz Reid, among other notables.
Aundre Hyatt, a four-star forward from New York, attends the same high school as class of 2017 target Jordan Tucker - Archbishop Stepinac. Scout ranks him as the 50th-best prospect in his class. He has high-major interest already from schools such as Syracuse, St. John's, Indiana, Oklahoma, VCU and Stanford, among others.
He stand at 6-foot-6, 175 pounds. He's scouted as a very good rebounder from the wing - something Syracuse looks for his recruits - as well as a prospect who shows ability to create his own shot off the dribble. Hyatt runs with the NY Lightning, and is one of the team's most consistent and impressive scorers.
Being that Syracuse is close to home, I expect the Orange to amp up the interest and land a visit. Where it goes from there is unknown.
Williams is a 6-foot-5 small forward from New York City. He has interest from many local teams, including Buffalo, Albany, St. John's and Siena, among others. He's currently rated as a four-star prospect with major upside.
Williams said he can do a little bit of everything on the floor, but continues to strive to be a more complete player. He can shoot it enough for opponents to respect it, but it better getting to the basket. He also notes that he can find open teammates.
Despite the lack of major offers, Williams is ranked as the No. 65 player in the 2018 class, according to Scout. The offers and major interest will come, and Syracuse could play a role in his recruitment as it evolves.
Kiyon Boyd is a 6-foot-5 shooting guard/wing out of Washington, DC. He has high interest in the Orange despite not receiving anything from Syracuse yet, sources told CuseNation.com.
Boyd is the 14th-best shooting guard in the class, according to Scout. He's heard from Georgetown, Louisville, Wake Forest, Maryland, Providence, Penn State and Xavier, among others. Since June 15, his phone has been blowing up, he told Scout last month.
His stock continues to rise, and his ability to score the basketball at a high level will continue to attract high-profile D-I coaches.
Ayala attends Putnam Science Academy, the same school as 2017 five-star target Hamidou Diallo. Gerry McNamara has developed a very good relationship with Diallo, and that could soon be the same with Ayala.
Ayala, only rated as a three-star prospect, is emerging as an elite guard in the 2018 class. Standing at 6-foot-1, Eric is a very good shooter and overall scorer. His composure with the ball in his hands and ability to get up and down the floor stands out.
He's hearing from St. John's, Syracuse, Cincinnati, Dayton, Providence, UConn and Villanova.
His stock will continue to rise and he's definitely a name to keep in mind.
Adams-Woods, a Syracuse native, runs with the Albany City Rocks on the EYBL circuit. He started receiving interest from the Orange last month.
He's 6-foot-2, 155 pounds and attends Bishop Ludden.
He's scouted as a player with a high basketball IQ, ability to make plays and a very good ball-handler. He has very good vision and finds his teammates at ease in transition. His run-and-gun style fits Syracuse's style perfectly.
Weighing only 155 pounds, Mika needs to add a decent amount of weight before the next level. With the increase in strength, his defensive rebounding should improve as well - which is another area that needs improving.
Moore was first contacted by Syracuse earlier this week. He plays his AAU ball for the NY RENS U16 club on he EYBL circuit.
Gerry McNamara reached out and invited Khalid to SU's Elite Camp next month, which he told CuseNation.com he will attend. Moore is a 6-foot-7 wing who likes Syracuse a lot. He told the coaching staff he likes the system SU runs. He put on a scoring display in front of McNamara, averaging 17.5 points in the games he watched.
Like Moore, Hinckson also began receiving interest from Syracuse earlier this week. Gerry McNamara made the call and extended an invitation to the Elite Camp next month, which Hinckson accepted.
Hinckson is described as a solid shooter and an above average rebounder, according to a NY RENS assistant coach. He has one offer from Iona, and interest from SU, UNLV and Creighton, among others.
He told CuseNation.com he's very interested in Syracuse, "[It's] one of the greatest programs in the world."null