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

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Elijah Moore

In April, around the time that Syracuse basketball offered five-star guard Ian Jackson, the Orange also extended a scholarship offer to Jackson’s high-school and AAU teammate, shooting guard Elijah Moore.

While Jackson is currently ranked No. 2 nationally in the 2024 class, Moore is perhaps flying a bit under the radar on a national basis. Trust me, though. That is going to change.

Regardless of whether he’s ranked or not, Moore already is known as one of the best shooters across the country in his cycle, according to analysts and scouts.

Case in point, in one AAU game during the April live periods, Moore made nine 3-pointers and collected 33 points. He was also a stand-out at the recently held KYDA Invitational in Scranton, Pa.

In grassroots basketball, Moore suits up for the Bronx, N.Y.-based Wiz Kids in the Adidas league.

As a sophomore in 2021-22, Moore was instrumental (and so, too, was Jackson) in leading Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx, N.Y., to a fabulous 26-3 record and a New York state Catholic High School Athletic Association (“CHSAA”) Class AA championship.

MaxPreps, in its final top 25 for 2021-22, had Cardinal Hayes at No. 7 in its national rankings.

With Moore and Jackson both heading into their junior seasons this fall, I would imagine that Cardinal Hayes will once again prove one of the top teams around the country in 2022-23.

As far as his recruiting process goes, besides Syracuse basketball, Moore recently picked up an offer from former Big East Conference rival Seton Hall.

His other offers include from Xavier, Saint Peter’s, Temple and Fordham.

Without question, due to his recent stellar play on the AAU circuit as well as his strong sophomore season for a top-10 Cardinal Hayes squad, Moore is going to see his offer sheet grow in the near future.

In fact, I could envision him landing a bunch of new offers on June 15 or shortly thereafter.

While I’m not an analyst nor a scout, I also think that Moore is primed to enter the 2024 national rankings as a four-star, top-100 prospect, if not higher than that.

His shooting skills are top-notch, and I’m pumped that Syracuse basketball is making a run at talented players from New York City like Ian Jackson and Elijah Moore.

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