One of the top players in the 2017 class is five-star power forward Billy Preston out of Oak Hill Academy in Virginia. Previously, Preston had trimmed his list to four or five schools, but decided to open things back up recently due to new interest. One of those schools getting into the mix is Syracuse.
"Yes (Syracuse is interested)," Oak Hill head coach Steve Smith said. "I think they are coming to see him next Monday."
The Orange has not offered yet, but it could come during that meeting on Monday. Coach Smith believes Preston is an elite talent and a top player nationally. When you look at his size, length and athleticism, it is easy to see why he has such a strong opinion of his senior forward.
Coach Smith also said Preston is wide open, meaning Syracuse has every opportunity to become a major player in his recruitment. The Orange will have immediate playing time available at power forward with the loss of Tyler Roberson and likely Tyler Lydon after this coming season.
That could be very appealing to a guy like Preston, who will no doubt look to go to a school where he can make an immediate impact.
Syracuse had two players from Oak Hill play on their National Championship team in 2003. Superstar Carmelo Anthony and key reserve Billy Edelin.
Orange head coach Jim Boeheim's relationship with coach Smith goes back over 30 years. So there is a clear level of comfort on both sides.
Should Syracuse decide to offer, an official visit wouldn't be a surprise.
See where Syracuse stands with their other 2017 targets HERE.