Syracuse basketball 4-star big-man recruit being offered by big-time teams

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Just in the past few weeks, amid recent NCAA live periods on the grassroots basketball circuit, Syracuse basketball 2024 four-star recruiting target Yves Missi has seen his list of scholarship offers basically double.

And there are plenty of more offers likely on the way for the 6-foot-11 center, who is a sophomore at the West Nottingham Academy in Colora, Md., and runs with the Bronx, N.Y.-based PSA Cardinals in Nike’s EYBL league on the AAU circuit.

Orange coaches got involved in Missi’s recruitment relatively early on, offering him a scholarship last December. Around that time, his other offers had included from squads such as UCLA, St. John’s, DePaul, Norfolk State and USC Upstate.

But more recently, some of the biggest brands in the sport of collegiate hoops have entered the recruitment of Missi, who is ranked by several recruiting services as a top-40 national prospect in his class, as well as a top-six center in the 2024 cycle.

Syracuse basketball will see the competition explode for four-star Yves Missi.

Since mid-April, according to recruiting services, media reports and his Twitter page, Missi has picked up at least six impressive offers, from squads including 2022 NCAA Tournament winner Kansas, 2021 national champion Baylor, UConn, Ohio State, Michigan and Indiana.

Missi acquiring these kinds of offers isn’t surprising. He earned a ton of high praise from national analysts and scouts for his play during last month’s live periods in front of college coaches on the grassroots basketball circuit.

According to a recent report from SyracuseOnSI publisher Mike McAllister, Syracuse basketball coaches are expected to ramp up their recruiting of Missi come mid-June, when college coaches are able to start making direct contact with 2024 players.

Now, it will prove terrific if the ‘Cuse emerges as a viable contender for Missi, and I’m hopeful that the Orange will be able to get him on campus for a visit at some point in the future.

At the same time, once college coaches can reach out to high-school prospects in the 2024 cycle directly, rather than through people in their camps, the competition that Syracuse basketball will find itself having for Yves Missi is going to grow larger and larger.

Experts say he is one of the best shot-blockers in his class. By extension, Missi is getting better and better on offense. He’s becoming the complete package, analysts and scouts say, and Missi could well be on his way to five-star status in the 2024 cycle.

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