Syracuse basketball doesn’t appear to be contender for 4-star, top-10 PG

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A recent media report says that while he remains open to other college squads, there are five teams currently recruiting 2023 four-star point guard Aden Holloway the hardest, and Syracuse basketball isn’t one of them.

This isn’t all that surprising. I’ve come across a handful of reports and comments from national recruiting analysts in recent months that suggested, at least to me, that the Orange hadn’t emerged as a significant contender for the 6-foot-1 Holloway, who was magnificent as a junior during the 2021-22 term for the powerhouse La Lumiere School in La Porte, Ind.

Multiple recruiting services place Holloway within the top-50 nationally in the 2023 cycle, and he’s also deemed to be a top-10 point guard in this class by several recruiting services.

In 2021-22, Holloway was named the 6th man of the year in the prestigious National Interscholastic Basketball Conference, of which the La Lumiere School is a member.

Syracuse basketball was one of the first teams to offer four-star Aden Holloway.

According to the Verbal Commits Web site, the Orange coaching staff offered a scholarship to Holloway in July of 2019, and I believe it was the first high-major offer that he received.

Per his Twitter page and recruiting services, his other offers include from Michigan, Tennessee, Arizona State, Creighton, LSU, Cincinnati, Auburn, Wichita State, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, Texas A&M, Wake Forest and Winthrop.

Reports say that he has taken recent official visits to at least three college campuses of late, and they are Auburn, Wake Forest and Tennessee.

In a recent interview with On3 national analyst Joe Tipton, it was noted that five programs are most heavily in the mix for Holloway, at least for the time being, and they are Tennessee, Auburn, Michigan, Wake Forest and Notre Dame.

A native of Charlotte, N.C., Holloway told Tipton that he would like to reveal his collegiate destination during the Peach Jam tournament, where his AAU team, the Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Team Cp3, will compete in mid to late July along with others in Nike’s EYBL league.

For what it’s worth, at this juncture, Tipton foresees Holloway’s recruitment as potentially coming down to Auburn and Tennessee, although the On3 analyst isn’t counting out Wake Forest.

I’m bummed that the ‘Cuse isn’t in the mix for Holloway. Syracuse basketball coaches certainly identified his stellar skill-set early on, but it seems he has been focusing his attention on other college teams for a while now.

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