Syracuse Basketball: ‘Cuse offers fast-rising big man who is ‘highly skilled’

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Syracuse basketball coaches have offered a scholarship to fast-rising 2025 big man Nikola Bundalo, according to a tweet from top scout Andrew Slater.

Bundalo is a 6-foot-9 power forward in the sophomore cycle who attends Green High School in Uniontown, Ohio. On the AAU circuit, he is suiting up for the Charleston, W.Va.-based Wildcat Select in the Adidas 3SSB league.

According to some recent comments from national recruiting analysts and scouts, Bundalo is starting to see his recruitment take off, and he received high praise from experts for his play in late April during NCAA live periods in grassroots basketball.

Per his Twitter page and recruiting services, Bundalo’s offer sheet also includes Illinois, Iowa, Ohio State, Seton Hall, Xavier, Rutgers, Kent State and Bryant.

Syracuse basketball has gotten into the mix for underrated 2025 big man Nikola Bundalo.

At this juncture, I’m not seeing Bundalo in the national rankings for his class from the primary recruiting services, however, if he continues to shine on the AAU circuit, I’m sure he will enter the 2025 ratings sooner rather than later.

Additionally, in mid-June of this year, college coaches will be able to initiate direct communication with 2025 prospects, and Bundalo’s already growing offer list should continue to balloon around that time.

Travis Branham, a national analyst with 247Sports, watched this new ‘Cuse target in person during the second April live period in the Adidas 3SSB league, where games took place at the Legends Event Center in Bryan, Texas.

"Here’s what Branham had to say about Bundalo. “He’s a highly skilled big man with great size, is a plus-athlete, possesses a high IQ and a smooth left-handed jumper from three. Bundalo has an inside-out game, comfortable with bodying players on the low-block and scoring over either shoulder and also comfortable stepping out and putting the ball on the deck and shooting with range from three. High majors will flock to his games in June and should start piling in on the offers.”"

It’s great to see that Syracuse basketball coaches have offered this talented young man, although it does seem that competition is only going to intensify in the future.

To date, the Orange coaching staff has offered a range of high-school players in the 2025 cycle, including another prospect who hails from Ohio, four-star point guard Jerry Easter II.

Other players in the sophomore class who have landed Syracuse basketball offers include five-star point guard Tyler Jackson, five-star shooting guard Darryn Peterson, four-star forward Sadiq White, four-star wing Cam Ward, four-star shooting guard Kiyan Anthony and five-star combo guard Darius Adams, among others.

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