A new name emerged in Syracuse basketball recruiting over the weekend. Class of 2017 3-star prospect Chris Duarte, who could play three positions, visited the Orange on Saturday to watch SU knock off Pittsburgh.
It was a great game for him to attend. Not only was it Syracuse's best performance of the season, but the crowd was into it throughout. The Carrier Dome got very loud on several occasions, which only added to Duarte's experience. Guillermo Beitler of the New York Lightning, Duarte's AAU squad, echoed those sentiments.
"It was a great visit," Beitler said. "(Chris) is very interested."
According to Beitler, Duarte's offers are numerous. They include New Mexico State, USC, Seton Hall, Arizona, Kansas, Hofstra and Temple. The Orange, however, are the in-state school for the 6-foot-7 versatile prospect. That could put Syracuse in a good spot should they extend an offer.
"He is very familiar with Syracuse and shares the same values that the school shares," Beitler said. "He and the family are very thankful and appreciative of the opportunity."
Syracuse has a need at both guard and small forward. That is why someone with versatility like Duarte can be an important target.
"It's a great fit," Beitler said. "(He) will be able to come in and play due to the fact that they need a guard. Being 6-foot-7, he can play all three guard positions. Coach (Boeheim) will prepare Christopher for the next level."
According to Beitler, Syracuse and Duarte and looking at scheduling another visit in the near future. That could be as soon as within the next two weeks. It is unclear whether that would be an official or another unofficial.null