The prototypical Syracuse forward. It is a phrase or term bantered about by those that cover Orange basketball recruiting. Essentially, it means a long, lean forward who has a variety of skills. He can run the floor, hit a jumper, is extremely athletic, plays strong defense and can finish at the rim.
All of those attributes describe one of Syracuse's top targets in the 2017 class, Oshae Brissett.
The Canadian native recently trimmed his list to four, and included the Orange. He will take an official visit to Central New York the weekend of October 22nd.
Other prospects on Syracuse's radar have gotten more buzz, but few may be as important to Syracuse's class as Brissett. At 6-foot-9 with a coveted skill set, Brissett fits the mold of what SU wants in their forward. He has the desired length and frame. His jumper extends to the three-point arc. He has the ability to take his defender off the dribble and finish at the rim.
Brissett has upside as a defender with his size, quickness and athleticism. He also can play small or power forward, giving him a lot of versatility. With Syracuse losing players like Tyler Roberson, Dajuan Coleman, Andrew White and likely Tyler Lydon (early entry to the NBA Draft), there are a lot of front court minutes available.
Brissett has the ability to snatch some of those minutes and carve out an impactful role right away as a true freshman. No doubt that will be pitched to him when he is on his official visit.
After speaking with one source, Brissett is a high priority for Syracuse. They covet his athleticism, frame and talent, and believe his upside is through the roof. Especially within their system. He is viewed as having the skills to become a combination of Kris Joseph and James Sutherland in terms of his offensive game, but may have a little more bulk compared to those two. That allows him to play power forward, and puts a lot of pressure on opposing defenses.
Another source said Brissett is a future pro who will have a major impact on the collegiate level.
Syracuse's biggest competition for the talented forward are Oregon, Memphis and USC. Brissett already officially visited USC and has scheduled his trip to Oregon for the weekend after checking out Syracuse. A date to Memphis is to be determined.
Which of those schools is Syracuse's biggest threat? The Ducks. That said, Syracuse has a history of taking players like Brissett and developing them into NBA prospects. That will only help the Orange's efforts.
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