An interesting development with Syracuse basketball recruiting occurred on Tuesday. The Orange offered four-star guard Eric Ayala. That's not the interesting part. What's interesting is that Ayala is the high school teammate of Hamidou Diallo, a five-star guard that is one of Syracuse's top remaining targets in 2017.
Of further interest is Ayala originally being part of the 2017 class before reclassifying to 2018. That means he would, in theory, be able to reclassify back to 2017 should a school want him to do so. Ayala is an intriguing talent who can play either guard spot. He has great size and length at 6-foot-4,175-pounds.
A visit to Central New York could be in the works in the near future. He was offered on Tuesday by assistant Gerry McNamara.
"I like 'Cuse," Ayala said. "I like the way the school produces scoring guards and the way they let their guards go."
Ayala says he is open to being either a 2018 or 2017 prospect, depending on how things progress.
"I am eligible for 17," he said. "I'm open to everything. Just enjoying the process and taking everything in."
The offer may be new for the talented guard, but his relationship with coach McNamara is not. The two have known each other for some time, and have developed a strong bond.
"I like G-Mac a lot," Ayala siad. "I've known for a long time now. He's a real good guy and he cares and he keeps it real. Not too many people like him nowadays."
Ayala is rated as a four-star prospect, the 12th best shooting guard and the 75th best player overall in the 2018 class.