Syracuse Basketball: Canadian nearing 5 stars sets visits, transfers to Fla.

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Four-star Efeosa Oliogu, a fast-rising wing from Canada who received a scholarship offer from Syracuse basketball coaches last August, is nearing five-star status in the 2025 class, according to some national analysts.

The 6-foot-6 Oliogu, an ultra-athletic guard/small forward, is a consensus four-star, top-50 overall player, according to recruiting services. He’s rated as high as No. 11 overall in the rising-junior cycle, per On3.

Oliogu has earned a lot of high praise from analysts and scouts for his play this spring and summer on the AAU circuit, where he competes for the Toronto-based Canada Elite in the Under Armour Association league.

During the 2022-23 season, Oliogu was a sophomore at the United Scholastic Academy in Toronto. However, he has decided to move to a prep powerhouse in the Sunshine State for his upcoming junior year.

Efeosa Oliogu, who holds a Syracuse basketball offer, is trending toward five stars.

The ‘Cuse coaching staff offered a scholarship to Oliogu in late August of last year, when he attended the Orange’s annual Elite Camp.

According to recruiting services, at this juncture in his recruitment, Oliogu has collected nearly 20 scholarship offers from a range of high-major programs.

His offer sheet, besides Syracuse basketball, includes Missouri, Oregon, Alabama, Maryland, Illinois, Georgetown, Old Dominion, UCF, Vanderbilt, Texas Tech, Rutgers, Washington State, TCU, Providence, DePaul, Mississippi State and Seton Hall, among others.

The Terrapins appear to have a bit of analyst buzz for Oliogu, as a prediction had been logged in Maryland’s direction for him on the 247Sports Web site at the time of this writing.

What’s more, On3 national analyst Joe Tipton said via Twitter not too long ago that Oliogu has scheduled two official visits. One is to Maryland from September 8 to September 10. The second is to Missouri from October 7 to October 8.

Also on Twitter, Oliogu recently said that he has transferred for the 2023-24 stanza to the DME Academy in Daytona Beach, Fla. DME is a well-known, highly successful prep-school program that went 26-8 overall in the 2022-23 term, according to the MaxPreps Web site.

As I noted earlier, Oliogu checks in at No. 11 nationally in the 2025 class, per On3. has him at No. 18 overall. When I penned this column, both of the industry-generated ranking systems, the 247Sports Composite and the On3 Industry Ranking, had Oliogu inside the top 35 of this cycle.

Rob Cassidy, a national analyst with, recently wrote that Oliogu “sits on the verge of five-star status.”

Cassidy says that Oliogu playing grassroots basketball on the Under Armour circuit and for a prep school in the United States should provide him with additional exposure, which likely will result in his offer list further growing.

Cassidy adds, “I’d expect to see things pick up for the hyper-athletic Canadian in the year ahead, as schools will likely line up for him after seeing what he can do for a full season at DME.”

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