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Syracuse Basketball: Chance Westry achieved a ton in high school, AAU

Syracuse basketball, Chance Westry (Syndication: The News-Press)
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Transfer Chance Westry, a talented guard who recently said he would commit to Syracuse basketball, dealt with injury and didn’t play much in his freshman season at Auburn.

So it’s tough to use the 6-foot-6 Westry’s 2022-23 season with the Tigers as a barometer for what he might be able to accomplish on the Hill.

Since he is expected to take a medical redshirt for this past season, Chance Westry will have four years of collegiate eligibility left.

The Harrisburg, Pa., native was a four-star, top-40 national prospect in the 2022 cycle, per the bevy of recruiting services. He was also a long-time target of the Syracuse basketball coaching staff, receiving an Orange scholarship offer in the summer of 2019 and later taking an official visit to the ‘Cuse.

Chance Westry was highly touted by national recruiting analysts and scouts for his performances in high school and on the AAU circuit. To give my fellow Orange fans a deeper look into this new Syracuse basketball commit, let’s go back in time to revisit Westry’s high-school career.

New Syracuse basketball pledge Chance Westry starred for several high schools.

Westry began his high-school hoops career at Trinity High School in Camp Hill, Pa. and that’s where the Orange coaching staff first began recruiting him.

Per a press release from cuse.com, while at Trinity, Westry eclipsed 1,000 career points. At the conclusion of his sophomore season there, he was named the Class 3A player of the year, helping lead Trinity to a 23-3 overall mark, coming in first in the Mid-Penn Capital Conference and winning a District 3 title.

As a sophomore, Chance Westry reached double-digits in scoring every single game, and SU Athletics says he even poured in 52 points in one game, a victory for Trinity.

In his junior season, Westry transferred to the powerhouse Sierra Canyon School in Chatsworth, Calif. Sierra Canyon, annually, is one of the top high-school teams in California, and it’s often a nationally ranked squad.

Suiting up for Sierra Canyon, which often plays a rigorous schedule, Chance Westry averaged a solid 14.2 points per contest.

As a senior in the 2021-22 term, he competed for the juggernaut AZ Compass Prep School in Chandler, Ariz., which in that stanza was one of the top high-school teams nationwide.

For AZ Compass Prep, Chance Westry tallied averages of 13.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.3 steals per encounter. He played a key role in AZ Compass Prep landing one of eight invites to the prestigious 2022 GEICO Nationals, which every year crowns a high-school national champion.

According to SU Athletics, in his senior campaign while at AZ Compass Prep, Chance Westry was on the Naismith Trophy watch list, and also received an invitation to play for the USA Basketball junior national team.

In grassroots basketball, during the 2021 circuit, Westry was part of a loaded roster at the New York City-based NY Renaissance in Nike’s EYBL league.

Per a recent article from Jonathan Givony, an NBA Draft analyst at ESPN, Chance Westry averaged 12.2 points, 4.9 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game for the NY Renaissance in 2021.

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