Look for Syracuse basketball to ramp up recruitment of these 5-star targets

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Robert Wright III

To say that four-star point guard Robert Wright III had a good sophomore season for his Philadelphia high school in 2021-22 is a massive understatement.

In fact, the 6-foot-1 Wright put forth one of the finest sophomore terms as you’ll come across nationwide.

Offered a scholarship by Syracuse basketball coaches this past March, Wright in 2021-22 averaged 19.3 points, 4.3 assists, 5.2 rebounds and 1.4 steals a game, according to MaxPreps.

What’s more, in post-season play, he tallied nearly 22 points per affair in helping lead Neumann-Goretti High School in Philadelphia to a 23-4 overall mark and the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (“PIAA”) 4A state title.

For his efforts, Wright was named the Pennsylvania All-State Class 4A player of the year in 2021-22, while MaxPreps put him in the All-America honorable-mention category for the sophomore recruiting class.

Looking ahead, analysts view Neumann-Goretti as a potential top-25 national team prior to the 2022-23 campaign commencing.

As the primary recruiting services refresh and expand their 2024 national ratings, I believe that Wright will emerge as a four-star, top-50 prospect as well as a top-10 point guard in this cycle.

Assuming he continues to shine for both Neumann-Goretti and in grassroots basketball, I could envision Wright making a case to achieve five-star status in his class.

This spring, as a member of the Philadelphia-based Team Final in Nike’s EYBL league, Wright has performed admirably, including when college coaches could watch him in person during April live periods.

As far as his recruitment goes, it appears that Syracuse basketball is making Wright a priority in 2024. He said in a recent interview that Orange assistant coach Gerry McNamara is recruiting him hard.

Other college teams that have offered Wright include Maryland, Miami, Wake Forest, Seton Hall, VCU, Wichita State, La Salle and Delaware State.

Wright is a fast-rising player in the 2024 class. I’m glad that the ‘Cuse coaching staff got involved with him early on, but we should expect Wright’s number of impressive suitors to expand as his recruiting process carries onward.