Syracuse Basketball: Orange offers elite 5-star 2022 guard Zion Cruz

The Syracuse basketball program has doled out a scholarship offer to Zion Cruz, one of the premier prospects in the class of 2022. Here are the details.

The Syracuse basketball coaching staff has offered a scholarship to Zion Cruz, who is deemed one of the best players in the 2022 class.

According to a report by Mike Waters of Syracuse.com, the Orange offered a schollie to the five-star Cruz late last week while he was on the ‘Cuse campus.

The 6-foot-3 Cruz, described as either a point guard or a shooting guard depending on the recruiting service, currently attends Hudson Catholic Regional High School in Jersey City, N.J.

Per the Waters’ article, Cruz suits up on the AAU circuit for the PSA Cardinals, a crew that is based in the Bronx, N.Y.

At this juncture, ESPN.com slots him at No. 20 overall in the class of 2022, as well as fourth at his position and first in the state of New Jersey. Rivals.com and 247Sports don’t presently have Cruz rated, but that will undoubtedly change since he’s only about to enter his sophomore year at Hudson Catholic Regional High School.

In reviewing various recruiting Web sites, it appears that Cruz holds offers from a handful of other schools, including 2019 Final Four participant Auburn, Bryant, former Big East Conference foes Connecticut, Rutgers, Seton Hall and St. John’s, and Pac-12 Conference member UCLA.

That’s already some hefty competition to land Cruz, and obviously, he’s going to pick up additional offers in the near future as his recruitment heats up.

Since Syracuse has a dozen scholarship guys on its 2019-20 roster, as well as no seniors, and 2020 four-star power forward Woody Newton has committed to the Orange, it makes sense for ‘Cuse coaches to focus their attention on the 2021 and 2022 classes.

This makes securing talented prospects such as Cruz even more of an imperative as Syracuse hoops aim to bolster its line-up for the longer term!