Syracuse Basketball: 5-star recruits headline award winners in latest EYBL

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Nike’s EYBL league recently held its third session of the spring AAU circuit in Louisville, Ky., and a handful of Syracuse basketball four-star and five-star recruiting targets proved among the top performers over the Memorial Day weekend.

The fabulous team at The Circuit has published its list of award winners for this EYBL session on, and we’re taking a look at high-school prospects who made the cut and either hold a scholarship offer or interest from the Orange coaching staff.

Yet again, 2023 five-star point guard D.J. Wagner was among the very best in these AAU contests. The 6-foot-3 Wagner, who is rated the No. 1 player in the rising senior class according to several recruiting services, was offered by the ‘Cuse last August at the Orange’s annual Elite Camp.

In Louisville, Wagner averaged 19.0 points, 3.2 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.4 steals per game, according to The Circuit, landing him on the All-EYBL first team for the third session.

Wagner suits up for the New Jersey Scholars Elite Basketball Club as well as Camden High School in Camden, N.J.

Other Syracuse basketball prospects shined in EYBL battles as well.

Also on the first squad is 2023 four-star point guard Aden Holloway, who was tremendous in Louisville, tallying averages of 20.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 2.0 steals per affair.

The 6-foot-1 Holloway, offered by the Orange in July of 2019 per Verbal Commits, plays for the Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Team Cp3 and attends the La Lumiere School in La Porte, Ind.

Deemed a top-50 national prospect and a top-10 point guard in 2023 by multiple recruiting Web sites, Holloway seems to be focused on four college squads at this point in his recruitment, as we noted in a column earlier this week.

On the second team are two 2023 prospects who have Syracuse basketball offers, and they are five-star guard/wing Matas Buzelis and four-star big man Papa Kante.

In Louisville, the 6-foot-10 Buzelis produced 13.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists a game, while the 6-foot-10 Kante grabbed 12.6 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per encounter.

The Orange offered Buzelis in November of 2020. He competes for the Boston-based Expressions Elite Basketball and goes to the Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H.

Kante, meanwhile, picked up a ‘Cuse offer this past August at the Orange’s Elite Camp. He runs with the New York City-based NY Renaissance on the AAU circuit and plays for the South Kent School in South Kent, Conn.

Last but certainly not least, The Circuit placed 2024 guard Kayvaun Mulready on its All-EYBL underclassman team.

Syracuse basketball has reportedly shown interest in the 6-foot-4 Mulready, who is out of the Worcester Academy in Worcester, Mass., and plays for the Albany City Rocks in the EYBL league.

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