Syracuse Basketball: Analysts predict 4-star target Arthur Kaluma to UNLV

Syracuse basketball seemed to have strong momentum with 2021 four-star forward Arthur Kaluma earlier this year, but that appears to have faded.

Nothing in the recruiting arena is ever a guarantee until a high-school prospect signs his national letter of intent, however, high-priority 2021 target Arthur Kaluma choosing Syracuse basketball isn’t looking so hot these days.

The chatter earlier this year is that the Orange possessed a lot of momentum with the four-star power forward, yet now multiple recruiting experts on the 247Sports Web site and Rivals.com are projecting that Kaluma will head to UNLV.

Kaluma’s top eight, by the way, is Syracuse basketball, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arizona State, USC, Arkansas, Texas A&M and UNLV. The 6-foot-8 Kaluma is a senior at Dream City Christian School in Glendale, Ariz.

In logging a prediction for the Rebels as it pertains to Kaluma, 247Sports national analyst Eric Bossi had this to say. “Ranked No. 32 by 247Sports and No. 40 in the Composite, Kaluma has a final eight of Arizona State, Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Syracuse, Texas A&M, USC and UNLV. Things are looking pretty good for UNLV, though, and I’ve entered in my CB pick for TJ Otzelberger and the Rebels. Kaluma is a playmaking four man and would go quite nicely with four-star point guard Zaon Collins and three-star combo guard Keshon Gilbert a pair of Vegas locals who have already committed.”

Arthur Kaluma is a top target for Syracuse basketball in the 2021 cycle, and analysts are projecting him to UNLV.

Assuming that Kaluma doesn’t elect to don an Orange uniform in about 12 months, from my perspective that leaves the ‘Cuse with one high-priority target remaining in the 2021 class, and it is four-star center Micawber Etienne.

As I recently penned a column on, I don’t have a tremendously optimistic feeling about the 6-foot-10 Etienne, a top-65 prospect in this cycle, selecting Syracuse basketball.

Then again, Etienne, a senior at the Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H., has a recruitment that is difficult to read, and analysts say that he’s not coming out with a condensed list anytime soon. For now, the Orange is still in the running.

With 13 scholarship players on its present roster, two seniors and five-star small forward Benny Williams already committed in the 2021 cycle, the ‘Cuse isn’t likely to boast a large 2021 class. However, getting either Kaluma or Etienne to team up with Williams would prove really exciting for Syracuse basketball fans, without question.