Syracuse basketball 4-star commit Judah Mintz left off All-America teams

Syracuse basketball, Judah Mintz (Syndication: The News-Press)
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A national media outlet that covers high-school hoops has published its All-America teams and honorable mentions for the 2021-22 season, and Syracuse basketball 2022 four-star commit Judah Mintz didn’t make the cut.

In his piece, MaxPreps national basketball editor Jordan Divens lists five high-school players on his All-America first, second and third squads, along with 15 guys in the honorable-mention category.

Jordan knows way, way more about high-school basketball than I do, but I have to say, given the senior year that the 6-foot-3 Mintz put forth for the Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va., I would have figured the new Orange commit would have at least gotten an honorable mention.

The Oak Hill Academy is a member of the National Interscholastic Basketball Conference (“NIBC”), a super league of sorts that includes elite independent basketball academies and other prep-school squads.

Mintz’s teammate at the Oak Hill Academy, senior small forward and Kentucky commit Chris Livingston, was on the MaxPreps All-America second team.

Syracuse basketball 2022 commit Judah Mintz was a stand-out for Oak Hill in 2021-22.

This past season, the Oak Hill Academy finished with a record of 33-8 and competed in the eight-team 2022 GEICO Nationals. Livingston and Mintz absolutely were two of the stars on the Warriors’ 2021-22 roster.

As we noted in a column not too long ago, during the Oak Hill Academy’s 10 regular-season affairs in the NIBC, Judah Mintz tied for third in scoring, at 16.8 points per contest, while connecting on 50.8 percent from the field and 82.6 percent from the free-throw line.

Mintz, who was named to the All-Conference second squad, announced his verbal commitment to the Orange at the end of March, picking the ‘Cuse over other finalists DePaul, Wake Forest and N.C. State.

By the way, there are some familiar faces in the MaxPreps story. Jarace Walker, a 2022 five-star forward who is committed to Houston, held a Syracuse basketball offer and made the All-America first squad.

As far as honorable mentions go, among those included are 2022 four-star center Donovan Clingan, 2023 five-star power forward G.G. Jackson, 2022 four-star guard J.J. Starling, 2023 five-star point guard D.J. Wagner and 2023 five-star guard Simeon Wilcher.

All of these players have received Orange offers. Clingan is committed to Connecticut, Jackson is undecided, Starling is committed to Notre Dame, Wagner is undecided, and Wilcher is committed to North Carolina.

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