Syracuse Basketball: 4-star elite scoring guard headed to fellow ACC team

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One of the top scorers in the rising-senior class, who said he had received a scholarship offer from Syracuse basketball in early 2021, has announced his collegiate destination.

Blue Cain, a 2023 four-star shooting guard, said on social media that he has committed to Georgia Tech out of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

According to an article from On3 national analyst Joe Tipton, the 6-foot-4 Cain picked the Yellow Jackets over other finalist Yale from the Ivy League.

Recruiting services say that Cain had landed around 10 scholarship offers throughout his recruitment. Besides Georgia Tech and Yale, those offers apparently arrived from the Orange, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Howard, Belmont and East Tennessee State.

Syracuse basketball, frankly, is prioritizing other prospects in the 2023 cycle.

Cain said on his Twitter page in February of 2021 that he had received an offer from the ‘Cuse.

That being said, since that time, when I would read media reports on Cain or comments from national recruiting analysts, I never really got the sense that the Orange was a big player in his recruitment, if one at all.

Cain, a top-flight bucket getter in the 2023 class, had a really strong junior year for Knoxville Catholic High School in Knoxville, Tenn. He has run in AAU events with the Knoxville-based B. Maze Elite in the Under Armour Association league.

According to numerous recent reports, for his senior season, Cain is transferring from Knoxville Catholic High School to the powerhouse IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

He is rated within the top-100 nationally in the 2023 cycle, according to several recruiting Web sites. has Cain as four stars and No. 78 overall.

On3 puts him at No. 84 across the country, No. 21 at shooting guard and No. 1 in Tennessee.

The industry-generated 247Sports Composite, when I penned this column, ranked Cain at No. 104 nationwide, No. 16 at shooting guard and No. 2 in Tennessee.

Another industry-generated recruiting service, the On3 Consensus, situated him at No. 104 overall, No. 22 at shooting guard and No. 2 in Tennessee. Wishing Blue Cain all the best at Georgia Tech in the future.

Syracuse basketball coaches, meanwhile, seem to be honed in on a couple of other players in 2023, such as four-star guard Elmarko Jackson, four-star shooting guard Reid Ducharme and four-star big man Joseph Estrella.

Ducharme is officially visiting the Hill in the coming days. Jackson has said more than once that he would like to visit the ‘Cuse. We’ll have to see whether the Orange can land an official visit from Estrella, who was just offered by Duke and has a long list of suitors.

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