Syracuse Basketball: 5-star target Boogie Fland aims for big NY state title

Syracuse basketball, Boogie Fland (Syndication: Westchester County Journal News)
Syracuse basketball, Boogie Fland (Syndication: Westchester County Journal News) /

Syracuse basketball 2024 five-star target Boogie Fland and his teammates will seek out a major New York state championship this coming weekend.

The 6-foot-3 Fland, a consensus top-15 national prospect and one of the country’s top point guards in the junior cycle, has been tremendous during the 2022-23 season for Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, N.Y.

On Saturday, March 25, Archbishop Stepinac will suit up in the Class AA semifinals of the 2023 Tournament of Champions, according to a press release from the event’s organizer, the New York State Federation of Secondary Schools Athletic Association (“NYSFSSAA”).

In that semifinal battle, Archbishop Stepinac is scheduled to tip off at 1 pm versus the Eagle Academy out of the Bronx, N.Y. The game will take place at Shaker High School in Latham, N.Y.

The other semifinal, slated for a start time of 11 am, pits Long Island Lutheran High School in Brookville, N.Y., against Victor Senior High School from Victor, N.Y. The two winners will meet up for the Tournament of Champions Class AA crown on Sunday, March 26, beginning at noon, also at Shaker High School.

Syracuse basketball coaches recently watched 2024 five-star point guard Boogie Fland.

The Tournament of Champions includes high-school squads from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (“NYSPHSAA”), the New York City Public Schools Athletic League (“PSAL”), the Catholic High School Athletic Association (“CHSAA”), and the New York State Association of Independent Schools Athletic Association (“AISAA”).

Archbishop Stepinac is a member of the CHSAA. Earlier this month, with new Orange head coach Adrian Autry and his assistants in attendance, Boogie Fland balled out. He collected 30 points, four assists, and two steals as Archbishop Stepinac defeated Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx by a final count of 69-66 to capture the CHSAA “AA” intersectional (city) championship.

One of the stars for Cardinal Hayes, by the way, is Syracuse basketball 2024 four-star commit Elijah Moore. The 6-foot-4 shooting guard, who verbally committed to the ‘Cuse in late January over other finalists Alabama, Arkansas, Miami and Oklahoma State, had 18 points versus Archbishop Stepinac.

In February, Moore and Boogie Fland were among those named to the CHSAA “AA” All-League first team for the 2022-23 campaign.

Long Island Lutheran, by the way, recently received an invite to the 2023 GEICO Nationals, an eight-team tournament that will run from Thursday, March 30, until Saturday, April 1, at the Suncoast Credit Union Arena in Ft. Myers, Fla.

In early February, Syracuse basketball target Kiyan Anthony, the son of Orange legend Carmelo Anthony, said he would transfer to Long Island Lutheran from Christ the King Regional High School in Middle Village, N.Y.

Media reports have said that the 6-foot-3 Kiyan Anthony, a 2025 four-star shooting guard, won’t play in games for Long Island Lutheran until the 2023-24 term. He recently jumped into the top 60 overall of the sophomore class, according to updated 2025 national rankings from On3.

Getting back to Boogie Fland, he was offered a scholarship by the ‘Cuse in January of this year. He has nearly 30 offers from a range of high-major programs.

While the competition for Boogie Fland is steep, I remain hopeful that Autry and his coaching staff will be able to get him on the Orange campus for an official visit at some point in the future.

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