Syracuse Basketball: In ESPN team rankings, 5-star priority PG eyes No. 1

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In ESPN’s latest top-25 rankings of the top high-school squads around the country for the recently started 2022-23 campaign, multiple Syracuse basketball recruiting targets are suiting up for teams that reside way up in these ratings.

One of these groups is the powerhouse Link Academy in Branson, Mo., which checks in at No. 4, according to ESPN. One of the standouts for the Link Academy is 2024 five-star point guard Elliot Cadeau.

The 6-foot-1 Cadeau, who is ranked No. 1 at his position by several recruiting services, recently included the ‘Cuse among his top-six finalists.

Situated at No. 1 in ESPN’s top 25 is the juggernaut Montverde Academy in Montverde, Fla., which captured the most recent GEICO Nationals this past spring.

Derik Queen, a 2024 five-star big man from Baltimore, is a junior at the Montverde Academy. The 6-foot-9 Queen received a scholarship offer from the Orange in October of 2021.

Syracuse basketball recruits are competing for highly ranked teams.

A New York City team to monitor in 2022-23 is Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx, N.Y. ESPN has Cardinal Hayes at No. 18 around the country.

Two top-flight players on this squad are 2024 five-star guard Ian Jackson and 2024 four-star shooting guard Elijah Moore. Both secured offers from the ‘Cuse in April of this year.

The 6-foot-6 Jackson is a preseason All-American ahead of the 2022-23 stanza, and he’s also a significant contender for the No. 1 national ranking in the junior class.

Moore, meanwhile, continues to make big leaps in the 2024 ratings. He is a high-priority target for Syracuse basketball in this cycle, and the 6-foot-4 Moore took an official visit to the Hill in mid-October.

Speaking of NYC high-school teams, ESPN places Christ the King Regional High School in Middle Village, N.Y., at No. 17 overall.

A sophomore at Christ the King is four-star shooting guard Kiyan Anthony, who is the son of Orange legend Carmelo Anthony.

The 6-foot-3 Kiyan Anthony, a top-65 player in the 2025 class, landed a ‘Cuse scholarship offer not too long ago. He is reportedly quite high on Syracuse basketball, although his recruiting process likely has a long way to go.

Two other 2024 five-star prospects who hold Orange offers are 6-foot-11 center Yves Missi and 6-foot-5 wing Vyctorius Miller.

Missi plays for Prolific Prep in Napa Valley, Calif., a group that is rated No. 10 by ESPN. Miller is a junior at the AZ Compass Prep School in Chandler, Ariz., which ESPN presently has at No. 2 nationwide.

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