Syracuse Basketball: 4-star, 5-star recruits score All-EYBL honors in AAU

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Numerous Syracuse basketball recruiting targets in the 2024 and 2025 classes proved sensational during the most recent session on the AAU circuit, and they’re being honored for their performances.

MADE Hoops, earlier this week, published its various All-Circuit teams and other superlatives in the 17U and 16U divisions of the Nike EYBL circuit, which last weekend held its fourth and final regular-season session in Memphis, Tenn., prior to this year’s Peach Jam tournament commencing in early July.

Among the Orange recruits who were honored by MADE Hoops are Patrick Ngongba II, Jerry Easter II, Tyler Jackson, Cam Ward and Sadiq White.

Other than Easter, who was offered by the ‘Cuse last summer, the other four targets received Orange scholarship offers over the past month or so.

Syracuse basketball recruits were stellar in the EYBL’s final regular-season session.

The 6-foot-10 Ngongba, a 2024 four-star center, was selected to the MADE Hoops 17U All-Circuit first team after a couple of monster double-doubles for the Washington, D.C.-based Team Takeover, which went undefeated in Memphis. Ngongba, a fast-rising big man in his class, is a rising senior at the powerhouse St. Paul VI Catholic High School in Chantilly, Va.

The 6-foot-4 Easter, a 2025 four-star point guard who is closing in on five-star status, is playing up a division for the 17U squad of the Columbus, Ohio-based All Ohio Red.

In Memphis, he demonstrated his tremendous scoring prowess, and MADE Hoops named him its 17U underclassman of the session while also placing Easter on its All-Circuit second team. He was an All-American as a freshman and a sophomore at the Emmanuel Christian School in Toledo, Ohio, and Easter is eyeing a new school for the 2023-24 campaign.

Turning to the 16U division, the 6-foot-3 Jackson was named offensive player of the session. Both he and the 6-foot-7 Ward were named to the All-Circuit first team, while the 6-foot-8 White was placed on the All-Circuit third squad.

Jackson, a 2025 five-star point guard, led the Nike EYBL league’s 16U division in scoring over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, averaging 30.0 points per game for the Baltimore-based Team Melo. He is a standout for the Saint Frances Academy in Baltimore.

Ward, a 2025 four-star guard/small forward, runs with the Oxon Hill, Md.-based Team Durant and is a star for Largo High School in Upper Marlboro, Md.

White, meanwhile, is a four-star forward in the 2025 cycle. He attends Myers Park High School in Charlotte, N.C., and competes for the Charlotte-based Team United.

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