Class of 2017 prospect update: Guards

Where does Syracuse stand with each 2017 guard? Details inside:

This is part one of's three-part series of Syracuse's class of 2017 prospects. We take a look at which guards the Orange has offered and where it stands in each prospect's recruitment.

Point Guard

Trevon Duval 

Duval's interest in Syracuse has fluctuated over the past two years. When he was still attending St. Benedict's Prep in New Jersey, the Orange was a legitimate player for quite a while. He then transferred to Advanced Prep International in Dallas for his junior year. After questions regarding the schools legitimacy were raised, Duval announced he would transfer for his senior season.

Depending on where he transfers for his senior year, Syracuse could find itself back in the recruitment - although it's a long-shot. Duval does mention Syracuse here and there in interviews, but it's unknown how serious his interest is.

Quade Green

After an impressive summer on the EYBL circuit, Quade Green's recruitment has blown up. Within the last month, he has received offers from Duke and Kentucky - and taken unofficial visits to both. 

Syracuse is still right in the middle of Green's recruitment, and their loyalty could play a factor in his final decision. Syracuse was in on the five-star earlier than most, and he has taken four unofficial visits to SU. 

Quade plans to cut his list within the next month or so. He will then likely take a few official visits and make a college decision.

Shooting Guard

Hamidou Diallo

Diallo is another prospect whose stock increased during the EYBL circuit. Playing for the NY RENS, Hamdiou showed off his freakishly athletic ability to power through the lane and play above the rim. 

He has the likes of Duke, Kentucky, UConn, Kansas and Syracuse, among many others, after him. Diallo is a big fan of Duke's ability to develop prospects and how Kentucky gets guys to the NBA so quickly. He has a very strong relationship with Gerry McNamara, he's told He described McNamara as an older brother figure, which bodes very well for the Orange. 

Ethan Thompson

Thompson is listed at 6-foot-5, 170 pounds and is the son of former Syracuse star Stephen Thompson. He finished his SU career with 1,956 points and is second in school history with 801 field goals made.

Like father, like son: Ethan is an aggressive scorer who can do it all. Getting to the basket and hitting a mid-range jumper is like cake work for him, and he's consistent from behind-the-arc. He has very good size for a shooting guard, and his long body is something the staff looks for in guard prospects. He also likes to get his teammates involved - as most guards do - and is described as someone who can do it all. 

He has offers from Oregon State, Syracuse, USC and Utah, among others. When the four-star prospect was initially offered by the Orange, reports indicated SU and Oregon State were the frontrunners. 

Brandon Randolph

Randolph received an offer from Syracuse back on April 18. He scored 17 points in front of Jim Boeheim the previous weekend for the PSA Cardinals, and the Hall-of-Famer didn't hesitate to extend the scholarship offer. 

Brandon is a proven scorer with an impressive jumper from both behind-the-arc and mid-range. He's a very good free-throw shooter, as well. 

He holds offers from Kansas, Syracuse, Indiana, Louisville, Maryland, North Carolina, VCU, Wake Forest, Georgetown and Arizona, among others. He plans to cut his list of schools within the next few weeks. Randolph told Cardinal Authority that Louisville is among his top choices. 

At 6-foot-5, Randolph uses his length to his advantage while facilitating his own shot. He uses that length and athleticism to get the basket with ease, which makes him an extremely dangerous scorer. 

Alex O'Connell

O'Connell took an unofficial visit to Syracuse a few weeks back and loved it. He received an offer on the visit. Since then, his play has progressed and other schools have taken notice. Louisville, Miami and NC State all offered the four-star SG this past week after an impressive performance on the EYBL circuit. 

Alex has told me he plans to take a few official visits in August - which may include Syracuse - and then he'll make his decision. He wants to sign his LOI in the early signing period, but more importantly be committed to a school heading into his senior year. 


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