Syracuse Basketball: Elite 2023 guard Blue Cain recruitment set to blow up

Syracuse basketball is pursuing a number of talented prospects in the 2023 recruiting cycle, and under-rated guard Blue Cain is at the top of the list, or really close to it.

Cain, a 6-foot-4 guard who attends Knoxville Catholic High School in Knoxville, Tenn., is just a sophomore, so his recruiting process could have a long way to go.

Although he isn’t nationally ranked by some of the main recruiting services for now, that will change. And make no mistake about it. Cain has loads of potential.

The Orange coaching staff offered a scholarship to him this past February, and Cain holds additional offers from South Carolina, Howard and ETSU.

Additionally, per his Twitter page, Cain recently landed an offer from Tennessee, and that Southeastern Conference squad has fared quite successfully on the recruiting trail of late.

As we detailed in a column on Sunday, Tennessee is firmly in the mix for Syracuse basketball 2022 five-star target Brandon Huntley-Hatfield, a premier power forward in his class.

According to some analysts, the Volunteers and Ole Miss are getting a good amount of buzz for Huntley-Hatfield, who is a junior at Scotland Campus in Scotland, Pa.

Syracuse basketball will face intense competition for stellar 2023 guard Blue Cain.

Cain, who once scored 73 points in a game, competes on the AAU circuit with Knoxville-based B. Maze Elite. He is characterized by recruiting insiders as having ridiculous scoring prowess, as well as excellent court vision.

Per national analyst Jamie Shaw, Cain recently participated in the Big Shots Southeast Tip-Off, held in Rock Hill, S.C. Shaw noted in an article that Cain collected an impressive 32 points in the first game of this event.

In Shaw’s piece, Cain said, “I am hearing from Syracuse a lot and also Missouri, even though they haven’t offered yet.”

Ranked No. 107 overall in the 2023 cycle by Prep Hoops, Cain said of the ‘Cuse, “(Assistant) coach GMac (Gerry McNamara) is the main one recruiting me. I just like how they play and how they move the ball around.”

Earlier in his sophomore season, Cain tallied 19 points against the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., which is one of the top prep-school groups around the country and recently suited up in the 2021 GEICO Nationals tournament. So Cain can play – and play well – versus high-quality competition.

I’m encouraged that Syracuse basketball coaches have gotten in early with Cain, but his offer sheet is going to continue expanding, and the Orange will likely find itself in a recruiting battle to secure this fantastic 2023 guard.