Syracuse basketball has joined the fray for 4-star big Frank Anselem

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Syracuse basketball has joined the fray for talented four-star big Frank Anselem. Here are all the details and what it could mean for the squad.

Syracuse basketball has swung and missed on some intriguing big men this offseason, but they haven’t given up their efforts.

Over the weekend talented four-star big man Frank Anselem made two big announcements that are worth noting.

Firstly, he has reclassified from 2021 to 2020. That means he’ll be eligible to suit up this coming season for whoever he plays with.

Which takes us to the second bit of news, after initially narrowing his recruitment down to a “final three”, he has completely re-opened his mind to playing elsewhere. Anselem was previously down to three SEC schools in LSU, Georgia, and Alabama.

Here was his official statement that he released on social media:

"“In light of recent developments, my recruitment is now wide open as I take the time to evaluate the best fit for me both on the court and academically next season. Thank you, everyone, for your interest. Please stay safe and always keep the family close!”"

Since he made that announcement, Syracuse was among 10 teams who reportedly have reached out to gauge his interest in joining their squads, per Stock Risers.

The 6-foot-10, 220-pound center prospect out of Prolific Prep is a player that oozes upside.

If you had to watch his game and describe him you’d likely compare him to the wacky waving inflatable arm flailing tube man from Family Guy or from any used car lot you’ve ever seen in your life.

Also, he would tie Quincy Guerrier as the heaviest player on the Syracuse basketball roster heading into 2020-21 at 220 pounds. The Orange needs some beef on the inside to mix things up. Their usual recruiting method involves pretzel-like framed big men who are tall but thin.

Here’s a full description of what he could bring to the table, per 247 Sports:

"“Strong kid but not maxed out. Still raw on offense but physical tools give him very high upside. Has budding elbow jumper and hook shot but footwork and post moves can improve. Has chance to be high-level rebounder and rim protector given size, length, and athleticism. Still inconsistent but upside is very high. Projects as high major starter with professional upside dependent on development of skill.”"

Syracuse is probably alright for this upcoming season at the center spot, as long as and here comes a huge caveat, Bourama Sidibe can build off of last season. He was incredible down the stretch, but many of us are left wondering if it’s sustainable?

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Outside of Sidibe, the Orange also have John Bol Ajak, Marek Dolezaj, and Jesse Edwards. It can’t hurt to have more options and that’s what adding Frank Anselem would provide.