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Syracuse basketball 2024 commit Elijah Moore playing like 5-star prospect

Syracuse basketball, Elijah Moore (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
Syracuse basketball, Elijah Moore (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images) /

Elijah Moore, a 2024 four-star shooting guard from New York City who gave a verbal commitment to Syracuse basketball in late January, is absolutely destroying the competition these days.

The 6-foot-4 Moore resides inside the top 80 of the junior class, according to several recruiting services. While I’m the first to acknowledge that I’m not a recruiting analyst or a scout, given his performances lately, my personal opinion is that Elijah Moore should get serious consideration for five stars in the 2024 cycle.

Now, maybe that’s a bit of a stretch, but then again, if he keeps lighting up the scoreboard for his high-school team and then again in the spring and summer months on the AAU circuit, perhaps five-star status is a possibility.

Alex Karamanos, a top high-school hoops analyst, has been closely following Moore’s play during the current 2022-23 campaign for Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx, N.Y. When I asked Karamanos if Elijah Moore could be in line for a future 2024 rankings bump, Karamanos said, “I could see top 50 for sure.”

Syracuse basketball four-star commit Elijah Moore is having a stellar junior year.

On February 7, Karamanos noted in a tweet that amid a victory for Cardinal Hayes, Moore tallied 26 points, five rebounds and seven assists. The analyst added that over his past five games, the Orange commit is averaging nearly 30 points per encounter.

Karamanos has shared numerous stat lines for Elijah Moore in recent games, and he is obviously scoring points in droves. But what’s equally as encouraging to me is that Moore is collecting sizable numbers of assists and rebounds, too.

As I noted in another recent piece, national recruiting analysts and scouts rave about Moore’s long-distance shooting, but experts say he brings a lot more to the table beyond being a lethal 3-point shooter.

He’s athletic and quick, rebounds well, is a solid defender, has strong court vision in facilitating for his teammates, is a good ball-handler, and is proficient at creating his own scoring opportunities and making tough shots over defenders, analysts and scouts say.

Late last month, Elijah Moore picked Syracuse basketball over other finalists Alabama, Arkansas, Miami and Oklahoma State, providing the Orange with its first 2024 pledge. In grassroots basketball, he suits up for the Bronx, N.Y.-based Wiz Kids in the Adidas league.

When I penned this column, the industry-generated 247Sports Composite had Moore at No. 98 nationally in the 2024 cycle, while the industry-generated On3 Consensus placed him at No. 76. For the time being, his highest individual 2024 ranking is from Rivals.com, where he is No. 68.

Down the line, though, it won’t surprise me one iota if Elijah Moore is in the top 50 of the junior class, according to all of the primary recruiting services.

As I first reported not too long ago, businessman, entrepreneur, philanthropist and top SU booster Adam Weitsman has verbally agreed to a major multi-year name, image and likeness deal with Moore. Weitsman has said it is a six-figure offer with incentives that could grow this deal to seven figures.

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