Syracuse Basketball: Big Ten juggernaut tough to beat for big Riley Mulvey

Syracuse basketball offered a scholarship to talented yet under-rated 2022 big man Riley Mulvey last August, and he’s spoken highly of the Orange coaching staff and the program as a whole.

Based on a variety of articles written about the 6-foot-11 Mulvey from analysts and journalists, it seems that the ‘Cuse is in a good position with him.

However, one of the best teams in the rugged Big Ten Conference may be the squad that eventually wins out in the sweepstakes for Mulvey, who is a junior at the St. Thomas More School in Oakdale, Conn.

Mulvey has numerous ties to the Empire State. He previously went to the Albany Academy in Albany, N.Y., and has also competed on the AAU circuit for the Albany City Rocks, a team that has seen numerous of its players commit to Syracuse basketball and suit up on the Hill.

Besides the Orange, Mulvey has offers from a range of schools, including Iowa, Virginia Tech, Yale, Pennsylvania, Penn State, Massachusetts, Bryant, Siena and Albany.

Additionally, based on several reports, he holds interest from blue-blood squad Kansas and Michigan, which is playing at a really high level in the 2020-21 campaign and has done quite well on the recruiting trail of late.

In a piece earlier this month on Mulvey by Mike McAllister, the publisher of SyracuseOnSI, the 2022 center said, “Right now, I’d say the list for me I feel like Iowa is the top, then Syracuse, then Virginia Tech, then Yale. I feel like those are the main four that I’m thinking about.”

Syracuse basketball continues to communicate with 2022 big man Riley Mulvey.

It’s understandable to see why Mulvey is intrigued by Iowa. The Hawkeyes are one of the premier units this season in the ultra-competitive Big Ten, as well as throughout the sport.

Plus, Iowa is led by senior center Luka Garza, who is absolutely crushing things in 2020-21 and likely will capture the bevy of national player of the year awards.

Mulvey is rated three stars by both the 247Sports Composite and 247Sports. The 247Sports Composite places him at No. 221 overall in the 2022 cycle, No. 27 at center, and No. 2 in New York.

Regarding the ‘Cuse, Mulvey recently told 247Sports national analyst Dushawn London, “Our relationship has been going pretty well. I’m loving coach [Gerry] McNamara and coach [Adrian] Autry. I’ve been watching them and hearing I could’ve been used with their bigs being hurt a lot this season. I think if I go there I’ll have a big role and one of the main bigs on the team. When watching them play, it felt like their playstyle was slow but they got it done. It kind of felt slow and steady.”