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Syracuse Basketball: Latest rankings for 4-star commit Donnie Freeman

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Not too long ago, Syracuse basketball scored a commitment from 2024 four-star power forward Donnie Freeman from Washington, D.C., a development that vaulted the Orange’s class in this cycle into the top 10 nationally.

The 6-foot-9 Freeman, a consensus four-star, top-60 national prospect in the 2024 class, is a bit underrated by some of the primary recruiting services, in my humble opinion.

In his recent commitment announcement, he verbally committed to the ‘Cuse over other finalists Alabama, Iowa, Texas and Georgia Tech.

Donnie Freeman is a standout for St. John’s College High School in D.C., which was nationally ranked in the 2022-23 season and is forecast by high-school hoops experts as a preseason top-25 squad ahead of 2023-24, when Freeman will be a senior and should contend for All-America honors.

In grassroots basketball, Freeman is a star player for the Washington-based Team Takeover in Nike’s EYBL league, a program that has a loaded 17U roster and includes several other Orange recruiting targets.

Here are the most recent national rankings of Syracuse basketball pledge Donnie Freeman.

When I penned this column, the industry-generated 247Sports Composite placed Freeman at No. 39 across the country, No. 7 at power forward and No. 1 in Washington, D.C., within the 2024 cycle.

The other industry-generated rating system, the On3 Industry Ranking, had him at No. 36 overall, No. 5 at power forward and No. 1 in our nation’s capital.

Rivals.com has Donnie Freeman at No. 54 nationally. No disrespect to this recruiting service, but Freeman is underrated here.

Over at 247Sports, he is No. 32 around the country, No. 6 at his position and No. 1 in D.C.

The On3 recruiting services ranks Freeman at No. 32 overall, No. 5 at power forward and No. 1 in the District of Columbia.

Last but certainly not least, ESPN has him at No. 35 nationwide, No. 6 at power forward and No. 1 in Washington, D.C.

Syracuse basketball coaches, in recent months, put on a full-court press for Donnie Freeman. They hosted him on an official visit, watched him amid NCAA live periods on the AAU circuit and also traveled to D.C. to meet with Freeman at least twice.

When he announced his verbal commitment to the Orange, Donnie Freeman noted his long-time relationship with ‘Cuse coaches, who offered him a scholarship back in August of 2021.

In the team’s 2024 class, Donnie Freeman joins four-star Elijah Moore, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard out of New York City who verbally committed to Syracuse basketball in late January.

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