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Syracuse Basketball: 5-star guard notes SU is involved, eyes fall decision

Syracuse basketball, Carmelo Anthony (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)
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It was only a few weeks ago that word broke about Syracuse basketball coaches having interest in 2024 five-star guard/small forward Trentyn Flowers.

As we’ve noted in a couple of columns lately on the 6-foot-8 Flowers, he already boasts more than 20 scholarship offers, and multiple blue-blood programs and other recruiting heavyweights in college basketball are vying for him.

He also said in a recent interview that Duke was his dream school growing up, so there’s that for the ‘Cuse coaching staff to contend with, which is tough, since the Blue Devils are crushing things on the recruiting trail these days.

Flowers, who has NBA-level talent written all over him, has discussed the topic of campus visits in several recent articles with national recruiting analysts.

Of course, I’d love to see him take a trip to the Hill, but we’ll have to see if that ends up transpiring. In a chat with Rivals.com basketball recruiting director Rob Cassidy, Flowers mentioned potential visits to Georgia State, Kentucky and Louisville. I’d imagine he’ll travel to Duke as well.

Syracuse basketball faces heated competition for five-star Trentyn Flowers.

Okay, so here’s the deal with Flowers. In the 2021-22 campaign, he was a sophomore at the Sierra Canyon School in Chatsworth, Calif. In recent AAU events, he has been competing for the Maryland-based Team Durant in Nike’s EYBL league.

Most of the primary recruiting services rate him as a top-10 national prospect in his class, and experts view him as a significant contender for the No. 1 position in 2024.

Per recruiting Web sites and media reports, Flowers has offers from teams such as Kansas, Georgetown, Michigan, Auburn, Southern California, Memphis, Alabama, Tennessee, Florida, LSU, Illinois, Oklahoma State, Georgia Tech, Texas Tech and UNLV.

Duke, UCLA, North Carolina, Kentucky, Oregon, Louisville and TCU, among others, are also reportedly in the mix.

In his interview with Cassidy, Flowers did note that Syracuse basketball is involved, although I haven’t seen anything about a formal scholarship offer by the ‘Cuse to him.

Of course, I’d love to see Syracuse basketball offer Flowers, however, I do acknowledge that the Orange is likely a long shot to prevail in his recruitment, given his big-time group of impressive suitors.

When I wrote this column, I hadn’t yet seen any predictions from analysts or other recruiting insiders on the 247Sports Web site, Rivals.com or the On3 Web site as to a projected collegiate destination for Flowers.

As far as a commitment timeline, Flowers told Rivals.com, “I’d expect a decision around October.”

In mid-June, college coaches can begin making direct contact with high-school players in the 2024 class. If the ‘Cuse is going to offer Trentyn Flowers, maybe it will happen around then.

I’m not a recruiting analyst, but I’ve certainly read a flood of positive comments from experts about the stellar all-around game that Flowers possesses.

The other thing I want to point out here, is that in recent weeks, as I’ve shared pieces about him on social media, I’ve had multiple people respond back to me that Flowers is not only a talented player, but he’s also a high-character young man.

I love that. We’ll certainly continue to track Flowers’ recruiting process moving forward.

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