Syracuse Basketball: SU 5-star recruit scores 2022-23 All-America honors

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Syracuse basketball recruiting target Darius Adams is one of the top players in the 2025 class, according to the primary recruiting services, and the 6-foot-3 combo guard from New Jersey showed why during the 2022-23 season.

Adams, a five-star prospect according to the industry-generated 247Sports Composite, recently received All-American honors from MaxPreps for his terrific sophomore term, when he played a key role in his high-school team capturing a state title.

Jordan Divens, the national basketball editor of MaxPreps, recently disclosed his various All-America squads for the 2022-23 season within the 2025 cycle. Divens placed Adams on his third team, which is really awesome and also extremely well-deserved.

Adams, by the way, is a sophomore at Manasquan High School in Manasquan, N.J. On the AAU circuit, he suits up for the Bronx, N.Y.-based PSA Cardinals in Nike’s EYBL league.

Syracuse basketball 2025 five-star recruit Darius Adams is an All-American.

Adams, as I noted in another recent column, was rated the No. 1 prospect in New Jersey within the 2025 cycle, per new rankings from recruiting service Prep Hoops.

According to Divens, in 2022-23, Adams averaged 18.8 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game for Manasquan. One of the top teams in New Jersey during the recently completed season, the Warriors went an impressive 28-4 in 2022-23.

On the biggest stage at the end of the 2022-23 stanza, Adams was sensational. Per Divens, he had 22 points, 12 rebounds and five assists in early March when Manasquan defeated James Caldwell High School in West Caldwell, N.J., 62-29, to claim its first-ever New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (“NJSIAA”) Group 2 tournament championship.

Orange coaches offered a scholarship to Adams in late August of 2022 when he took an unofficial visit to Syracuse basketball to play in the team’s annual Elite Camp. His recruiting process has a way to go, being only a sophomore, but his early offer sheet includes the ‘Cuse, Rutgers, St. John’s, Seton Hall and Fordham, according to recruiting services.

As college coaches can begin initiating direct communication with 2025 prospects in mid-June of this year, I envision that Adams’ list of suitors will grow, and rather quickly at that.

According to national analysts and scouts, Adams is athletic, a prolific scorer and has a strong frame. He is also a solid facilitator, rebounder and defender, experts say.

Multiple recruiting Web sites rate Adams as a top-35 national prospect in the sophomore class. When I penned this column, the 247Sports Composite had him as five stars, No. 21 overall, No. 3 at combo guard and No. 1 in New Jersey.

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