Syracuse basketball continues to recruit 5-star, the nation’s No. 1 PG, hard

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Syracuse basketball, based on several interviews that I’ve read in recent months, appears to be prioritizing 2024 five-star prospect Elliot Cadeau, who is rated the country’s No. 1 point guard in his class according to multiple recruiting services.

The 6-foot-1 Cadeau, a consensus top-10 player in 2024 who suits up for a high-school team in New Jersey, has said of late that the Orange is among the programs recruiting him the hardest, at least for the time being.

An article not too long ago from college basketball insider Adam Zagoria on noted that other college squads prioritizing Cadeau include Texas Tech and Tennessee.

Just in the last few days, high-school hoops analyst and scout Alex Karamanos tweeted out that Cadeau has recently heard from schools such as the ‘Cuse, Texas Tech, Providence, St John’s, Maryland and Howard.

Syracuse basketball offered five-star Elliot Cadeau a few months back.

The Orange coaching staff, as we’ve detailed in a couple of columns lately, seems to be aiming big with its 2024 cycle.

According to recruiting services, media reports and comments from national analysts, the ‘Cuse has offered, or shown interest in, at least 12 prospects in the 2024 class, and a bunch of these targets are rated as five stars and in the top-10 to the top-25 nationally.

Cadeau, a sophomore at Bergen Catholic High School in Oradell, N.J., certainly fits that mold. Syracuse basketball coaches offered a scholarship to this elite point guard last November, and as far as I can tell, they’ve been prioritizing him ever since.

A member of the New York City-based New Heights Lightning in Nike’s EYBL league on the AAU circuit, Cadeau earned some nice praise for his performances last month during NCAA live periods where college coaches, analysts, scouts and others could watch high-school prospects in person.

His recruiting process is still relatively early on, but besides the Orange, Cadeau has earned offers from the likes of Maryland, Seton Hall, Providence, St. John’s, Texas Tech, Tennessee, Oklahoma State, TCU, UMass, Howard and Siena, per recruiting services and his Twitter page.

In mid-June, college coaches can start making direct contact with players in the 2024 cycle, and I can pretty much guarantee that Cadeau is going to see his list of scholarship offers greatly expand, and rather quickly.

In the past, he’s gotten some buzz from recruiting experts on in the direction of Texas Tech, but I think it’s too early to start proclaiming this Big 12 Conference team or any other suitor as a favorite for Cadeau at this juncture.

We recently noted that Cadeau, per a story from Zagoria, has signed a five-figure name, image and likeness (NIL) deal with Swedish vitamin drink Vitamin Well.

Cadeau has additional NIL agreements with Swedish company Flowlife and American companies Leaf Trading Cards and Wilson Sporting Goods.

We’ll obviously continue to track the recruitment of Elliot Cadeau. It’s nice to see the ‘Cuse coaching staff in regular communication for him, and Syracuse basketball fans would certainly love to see the nation’s top point guard in 2024 ultimately choose the Orange as his collegiate destination.

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