Syracuse basketball likes 4-star Chris Bunch, Benny Williams combo

Syracuse basketball offered a scholarship to 2022 four-star prospect Chris Bunch about a year ago, and I have to admit that I haven’t heard a lot of buzz between the Orange and Bunch of late.

However, the small forward recently discussed the ‘Cuse in an interview with 247Sports national analyst Brandon Jenkins, and Bunch’s comments certainly caught my attention.

Bunch, described by recruiting insiders as a strong shooter from the perimeter, told Jenkins that the five teams “recruiting him the hardest” are Syracuse basketball, fellow Atlantic Coast Conference member Florida State, Oregon, former Big East Conference rival Seton Hall and Southern California.

Regarding the Orange, Bunch said, “I talk to Jim Boeheim and Allen Griffin. I love their program. They talk about how I can come in and be a problem with Benny Williams. They give me a lot of stuff to think about when it comes to their school.”

Bunch is a top-100 player in his cycle, according to some recruiting services. Frankly, I think that he’s a bit under-rated nationally. And the possibility of him and Williams, a 2021 five-star commit for the ‘Cuse, teaming up is tantalizing, without a doubt.

Syracuse basketball reportedly remains in the hunt for 2022 four-star player Chris Bunch.

Bunch is a junior at De La Salle High School in Concord, Calif., and he has about 20 scholarship offers, per a review of various recruiting Web sites.

Among the high-major groups that have offered him, besides those listed above, are Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Maryland, Rutgers, Creighton, Iowa State, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Massachusetts.

The 6-foot-7 Bunch is rated No. 93 overall in his class by 247Sports, as well as No. 17 at his position and No. 13 in California.

The 247Sports Composite places Bunch at No. 123 nationally, No. 31 at small forward and No. 13 in California. Finally, Rivals.com has him as three stars, No. 126 overall and No. 36 at his position.

In terms of what he’s looking for in a college program, Bunch said, “I want to come in and not worry about politics or anything like that. I just want to play for a coach who will push me to be the best player I can be on and off the court.”

In a recent evaluation by Jenkins, he said in part about Bunch, “With his length and ability to stretch the floor, Bunch should be a good fit in (an) offensive structure at the next level and has significant upside still left to discover.”