Syracuse Basketball: 4-star priority recruit sneaks inside top-75 nationally

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Four-star guard Elmarko Jackson, who seems to have emerged as a high-priority recruiting target for Syracuse basketball coaches of late, checks in just inside the top-75 across the country in the 2023 class, according to recently updated national rankings from recruiting service 247Sports.

When 247Sports unveiled its refreshed ratings of the top-150 prospects nationwide in this cycle, the 6-foot-4 Jackson was placed at No. 73 overall, No. 14 at combo guard and No. 5 in New Jersey.

Jackson, who is listed as either a point guard, combo guard or shooting guard depending on the recruiting service, received a scholarship offer from the ‘Cuse in mid-April.

He has said in numerous interviews over the past few weeks that he’s eyeing an official visit to Syracuse basketball at some point in the near future.

Jackson is a rising senior at the Academy of the New Church in Bryn Athyn, Pa. He has put forth some really nice performances in recent AAU events for WE R1 in the Under Armour Association (“UAA”) league.

Syracuse basketball priority target Elmarko Jackson has raised his stock this spring, experts say.

Other primary recruiting services should be updating their 2023 national rankings sooner rather than later, so we’ll keep an eye on where Jackson resides via these media outlets.

For now, has him as three stars and No. 133 nationally. I’m highly confident that Jackson’s national rating from will greatly improve.

ESPN, meanwhile, has him as four stars, No. 66 overall and No. 14 at shooting guard in 2023. On3 situates Jackson at No. 70 nationwide and No. 12 at point guard.

When I penned this piece, the industry-generated 247Sports Composite rated Jackson at No. 79 overall and No. 14 at combo guard.

Last but not least, the industry-generated On3 Consensus had him at No. 72 nationally and No. 11 at point guard.

National analysts and scouts have praised Elmarko Jackson for his stellar play in April during two NCAA live periods in front of college coaches, as well as at other recent grassroots-basketball events such as the KYDA Invitational in Scranton, Pa., and the Mayhem in Maryland in Baltimore.

Besides Syracuse basketball, two of his more recent offers have arrived from fellow Atlantic Coast Conference team Notre Dame as well as Kansas State.

Jackson’s offer list also includes St. John’s, Penn State, Miami, Minnesota, Maryland, VCU, Bryant, La Salle, Ole Miss, Seton Hall and California.

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