Syracuse Basketball: High-scoring Canadian guard moves to super league

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A talented yet underrated guard out of Canada who has reportedly received interest from Syracuse basketball is transferring to a prep-school team that will compete in the premier high-school hoops conference in the upcoming season.

Per his Twitter page, 2024 guard Keenan Emmanuel will play in the 2022-23 stanza for Long Island Lutheran High School in Brookville, N.Y. High-school hoops analyst and scout Samad Hines also reported on this news via social media.

Emmanuel is a 6-foot-2 guard in the rising-junior cycle who hails from Mississauga, Ontario. A season ago, he suited up for the Woodstock Academy in Woodstock, Conn.

In 2022-23, Long Island Lutheran High School will become a member of the National Interscholastic Basketball Conference (“NIBC”), a 10-team league comprised of some of the best prep squads and independent basketball academies in the United States.

Syracuse basketball may have interest in high-scoring 2024 guard Keenan Emmanuel.

As we noted in a couple of pieces earlier this year, several recruiting analysts have said the Orange is among various teams that have displayed interest in Emmanuel.

Other groups mentioned as potentially having interest in Emmanuel include Oregon, Connecticut, UCLA, California and DePaul.

With Emmanuel set to play on a national stage as a junior in the NIBC, and college coaches being able to directly reach out to 2024 prospects since mid-June, I have no doubt that his recruitment is going to heat up sooner rather than later.

This spring and summer, Emmanuel put up some monster scoring numbers as he competed for UPLAY Canada in Nike’s EYBL league on the AAU circuit.

Emmanuel was also selected in the spring to participate in the 2022 Basketball Without Borders Americas camp in San Luis Potosí, Mexico.

Emmanuel should add a ton of scoring punch to the Long Island Lutheran roster in 2022-23. The Crusaders will undeniably face intense competition in the NIBC, but Long Island Lutheran has also been bolstering its line-up.

In June, for example, fast-rising 2024 small forward Jadyn Harris said on Twitter that he was transferring from Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, Va., to Long Island Lutheran High School.

The 6-foot-6 Harris, who also was stellar in grassroots basketball this spring and summer for the Baltimore-based Team Thrill in the Under Armour Association league, reportedly heard from Syracuse basketball coaches once the contact period in this class opened up on June 15.

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