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Syracuse Basketball: 5-stars that SU should offer as contact period opens

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Syracuse basketball coaches have already offered a range of four-star and five-star prospects in the 2025 class, and we could see some additional offers by the Orange to players in this cycle in the near future.

That’s because, on June 15 of this year, the contact period opens up for 2025 prospects, meaning that college coaches can initiate direct communication with them.

On or shortly after June 15, it’s common to see a lot of 2025 players pick up new offers, although in recent years, I haven’t noticed the ‘Cuse coaching staff making a ton of offers right as the contact period opened up.

Still, there are a bunch of five-star prospects in the rising-junior cycle that I’m high on and would love to see the Orange offer.

Syracuse basketball could make some new offers to 2025 players come mid-June.

Cooper Flagg
The 6-foot-8 Flagg, who hails from Newport, Maine, is a five-star power forward in the 2025 class. He attends the powerhouse Montverde Academy in Montverde, Fla., a top-notch independent basketball academy. In recent years, the Orange coaching staff has offered several elite prospects who have suited up for Montverde. The industry-generated 247Sports Composite rates Flagg as the No. 2 overall player in this cycle. To date, his offer sheet includes 2023 national champion UConn, 2022 national champ Kansas, Villanova, Duke, Kansas State, Providence, UCLA, Michigan, Iowa, Kansas State and West Virginia, among others.

Isiah Harwell
The 6-foot-5 Harwell, whose hometown is in Pocatello, Idaho, is a five-star shooting guard. He is a standout for the Wasatch Academy in Mount Pleasant, Utah, which is where Orange freshman forward Chris Bell also went to prep school. Harwell is the No. 7 national prospect and the No. 2 shooting guard, per the 247Sports Composite. His extensive, early offer sheet includes Alabama, 2021 national champ Baylor, Creighton, Florida State, Gonzaga, Kansas, North Carolina, Texas, UCLA, Villanova and many others.

Jamier Jones
The 6-foot-6 Jones, who comes from Sarasota, Fla., is a rising junior at the juggernaut IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. The five-star small forward is currently ranked No. 11 overall in this class, according the 247Sports Composite. He holds an offer from Houston, and media reports say he has generated interest from teams such as Arkansas, Florida and Texas Tech. Syracuse basketball sophomore forward Benny Williams, freshman wing Justin Taylor and freshman guard/wing Quadir Copeland previously played for IMG’s post-grad squad.

Aaron Rowe
The 6-foot Rowe is a five-star point guard who grew up in Columbia, Mo., and plays for the powerhouse Link Academy in Branson, Mo. Former Orange recruiting target Elliot Cadeau, a 2023 five-star point guard who is committed to North Carolina, was a star for Link this past season. The 247Sports Composite has Rowe as the No. 15 overall player and the No. 3 point guard in his class. Rowe’s list of offers includes Auburn, Kansas State, Tennessee, Alabama and Missouri, among others.

Alier Maluk
The 6-foot-9 Maluk is a five-star power forward/center out of the Imani Christian Academy in Pittsburgh. The 247Sports Composite, within the 2025 cycle, places him at No. 19 nationally, No. 3 at center and No. 2 in Pennsylvania. At this point in his recruiting process, Maluk’s offer sheet includes teams such as LSU, Ohio State, Oregon, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Seton Hall, Texas A&M, West Virginia, N.C. State and Auburn.

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