Syracuse Basketball: 4-star Judah Mintz gets hosed in NIBC superlatives

Syracuse basketball, Judah Mintz (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Syracuse basketball, Judah Mintz (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

Syracuse basketball 2022 priority recruiting target Judah Mintz and his teammates will soon begin their journey at the 2022 GEICO Nationals, as the Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va., looks to claim a high-school national title.

The Warriors are one of eight elite squads to compete within the National Interscholastic Basketball Conference (“NIBC”), a super league of sorts that includes independent basketball academies and other prep-school squads.

The NIBC, as a new conference during the 2021-22 stanza, held a 10-game regular campaign, with the Oak Hill Academy sporting a 6-4 mark.

By the way, five NIBC groups will suit up in the 2022 GEICO Nationals, which boasts an eight-team field, including the Oak Hill Academy, where the 6-foot-3 Mintz is a senior.

This article provides information on how to watch Mintz and his Oak Hill Academy colleagues at the upcoming GEICO Nationals, a tournament that commences on Thursday, March 31.

Syracuse basketball four-star recruit Judah Mintz has had a stellar senior season.

Mintz, a 2022 four-star guard ranked as high as No. 35 overall by ESPN in this cycle, was one of the top performers in 2021-22 NIBC competition.

In his 10 NIBC encounters, Mintz tied for third in scoring, at 16.8 points per affair, according to the league’s Web site. He connected on 50.8 percent from the field, good for No. 5 in the NIBC, and 82.6 percent from the charity stripe, which was No. 4 in conference play.

Those are some mighty impressive numbers, if you ask me. So the NIBC has revealed its All-Conference first, second and third teams, and Mintz made the cut on the second squad.

I’m not sure if these superlatives were based solely on NIBC contests, or if NIBC members’ full 2021-22 stanzas were used as the criteria. In any event, I’m a little perplexed as to why Judah Mintz didn’t make the All-Conference first unit.

Regarding his second-team selection, Mintz wrote on Twitter, “Honored!! But what else i gotta do for 1st?”

I agree, Judah. I agree.

The All-Conference first squad includes 2022 four-star guard J.J. Starling, who is a senior at the La Lumiere School in La Porte, Ind. The 6-foot-4 Starling, a Central New York native, had the Orange in his top five before picking Notre Dame.

Starling’s teammate at the La Lumiere School, 2023 four-star point guard Aden Holloway, was named to the All-Conference third group. The 6-foot-1 Holloway, brilliant as a junior, received a Syracuse basketball offer back in the summer of 2019, according to recruiting services.

Regarding Mintz, media reports have indicated that he plans to reveal his collegiate destination at the 2022 GEICO Nationals. The buzz from national analysts and recruiting insiders seems to suggest that he’s going to commit to DePaul.

As of Saturday afternoon, three predictions were now in for DePaul on the 247Sports Web site for Mintz, up from two previously. On3 national analyst Jamie Shaw is projecting Mintz to the Blue Demons as well.

Additionally, 247Sports national basketball director Eric Bossi and Pro Insight director of scouting Andrew Slater appear to like DePaul’s current position with Judah Mintz, too.

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