2017 PF Oshae Brissett Ready for Syracuse Visit

One of Syracuse's top targets in the 2017 class is versatile forward Oshae Brissett. He discusses why the Orange made the cut for his final four, where SU stands, a connection to a Syracuse alum and what he's looking to see during his official visit.

Oshae Brissett has emerged as one of Syracuse basketball's top targets in the 2017 class. Brissett trimmed his list to four recently, and the Orange made the cut along with USC, Memphis and Oregon. 

"Me and my parents and my coach thought that it was a good idea to trim it down now because we want to get ready for this year," Brissett said. "Not have a lot of outside distractions. Not saying that schools calling me and showing interest is a distraction, but we just wanted to kind of calm it down from getting calls every day. Just stay focused on the actual season. 

"I felt that the schools recruiting me (on my list) have been showing the most love towards me. I just wanted to show it back and show them I appreciate it by choosing those four. Narrowing it down to them."

Syracuse has been recruiting Brissett for some time. They have a history of having success with Canadian prospects, most notably Tyler Ennis and Kris Joseph. That is something Brissett has noticed during the recruiting process. 

"Seeing that guys that where I'm from, or close to where I'm from, are making it at a school like that, it definitely helps the recruiting process," Brissett said. "I talk to Tyler a lot actually. I'm pretty close to his family. He tells me how he loved it out there, so that's definitely helped me think about Syracuse a lot.

"He just basically tells me how it's different from a lot of schools with the friends that he's known. They tell him their part of the story and he's able to tell them his and how much better Syracuse is. From the coaching staff to the fans. All the fans that crowd the arena. Some of that he's able to tell, it just gets me excited to visit there."


Brissett says he speaks with assistant Adrian Autry the most on the Syracuse staff, but also with head coach Jim Boeheim. They are telling him that with his skills, length and athleticism, he will be able to succeed within their program. The coaches tell him that they've had a lot of guys come to Syracuse and go the NBA with his skill set. 

"That kind of stuff makes me feel good because they actually believe in me," Brissett said. "There's a lot of guys that went there that are just like me."

Brissett added Syracuse is recruiting him as a combo forward who can play either small or power forward. That versatility is always welcomed on the Orange roster. He speaks with the coaches on a regular basis. Brissett says they are always asking about how he's doing and how his family is doing. 

His official visit starts the weekend of October 21st. He is attempting to make it in time to attend Orange Madness Friday night, but that is a bit up in the air. Regardless, he will be on campus checking out all Syracuse has to offer in order to see if it is the right fit. 

"(I want to see) the atmosphere," Brissett said. "When you go somewhere, you want to feel at home. You want to feel like you're loved there. I'm not expecting to have a million fans come up to me or anything. Just all the coaches and all the players, I want to feel like I'm wanted there. Just stuff like that. 

"Other stuff like talking to the academic advisor to see how they do their school work. Just the little things I'm going to take notice to."

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