Syracuse Basketball: What sold 4-star Judah Mintz on choosing the ‘Cuse

Syracuse basketball, Judah Mintz (Syndication: The News-Press)
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Syracuse basketball coaches expect 2022 four-star guard Judah Mintz to be a major contributor in his freshman year, and that was a key selling point in leading the 6-foot-3 Mintz to recently commit to the Orange.

Mintz, who hovers around the top-50 nationally in his class according to industry-generated consensus ratings, picked the ‘Cuse over DePaul, Wake Forest and N.C. State.

As we detailed a few days ago, national analysts, scouts and others say that this new Syracuse basketball signee is a top-flight three-level scorer who also excels on the defensive end of the floor.

ESPN recently updated its national ratings for the 2022 cycle, and Mintz checked in at No. 33 overall and No. 7 at shooting guard, although he can also play some point guard.

Syracuse basketball 4-star commit Judah Mintz discusses why he selected the ‘Cuse.

Mintz recently wrapped up a stellar 2021-22 senior season for the Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va. In the wake of his commitment announcement to the Orange, he provided a variety of details in interviews as to why he elected to don a ‘Cuse uniform in the future.

According to an article from On3 national analyst Joe Tipton, Mintz says that Syracuse basketball head coach Jim Boeheim spoke to him in such a way that “it showed me how much confidence he has in my abilities.”

Despite the Orange’s struggles in 2021-22, when it suffered its first losing season in Boeheim’s 46 years on the Hill, Judah Mintz has high expectations for his tenure in Central New York.

Simply put, he wants the ‘Cuse, which has a stellar six-member 2022 class coming in, to be the best squad in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

"“The opportunity there for me, being at a historic program, and being able to play a major role as a freshman at a place like Syracuse is unmatched,” Mintz told Tipton."

Mintz noted in several interviews that he knows the other members of the Orange’s 2022 cycle. I’ve said for a while now that I believe these six ‘Cuse signees will boast strong chemistry from the get-go.

"In a recent interview with SyracuseOnSI publisher Mike McAllister, Judah Mintz said in part, “We want to win the ACC. We want to be the best team in the ACC, that’s what we want to do. Everybody’s on the same page. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with having high expectations.”"

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