New Syracuse basketball recruit, Albany native, is ‘ultra-quick lead guard’

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Syracuse basketball coaches held their annual Elite Camp this past Saturday, and they doled out several scholarship offers around the time of the camp.

One of those offers went to 2025 three-star point guard Keyshuan Tillery, he disclosed on X. The 6-foot-1 Tillery, who hails from Albany, N.Y., is a standout at the New Hampton School in New Hampton, N.H.

On the AAU circuit, he competes for the Albany City Rocks in Nike’s EYBL league, a program that over the years has sent numerous of its alumni to the ‘Cuse. This spring and summer, Tillery earned high praise from national analysts and scouts for his play in grassroots basketball for the City Rocks.

According to the New Hampton School, as a sophomore during the 2022-23 season, Tillery was named by the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council as an All-NEPSAC player, as he averaged an impressive 17.5 points, 6.5 assists and 4 rebounds per game.

Syracuse basketball has offered 2025 three-star PG Keyshuan Tillery.

According to recruiting services and his bio on X, besides the Orange, Tillery’s offer sheet includes Northwestern, Albany, UMBC, Georgia Tech, North Carolina A&T, Hampton, Bryant, Temple, Mike Hopkins-led Washington, Wyoming, UMass and St. Bonaventure.

At the EYBL’s fourth session in late May, Tillery was named by The Circuit to its All-Underclassmen squad, after averaging 10.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.4 steals per contest.

In early July, the EYBL held its annual Peach Jam tournament in North Augusta, S.C. Tillery and his City Rocks teammates competed in the Peach Invitational Tournament (“PIT”) during the Peach Jam event, and Tillery was one of the PIT’s most efficient shooters, per scout Grady Majors.

At PIT, Tillery averaged 11.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and a stellar 7.1 assists per encounter, while hitting on 45.8 percent from the field and 36.4 percent from beyond the arc.

"In late June, MADE Hoops scouting analyst Tony McNiff had this to say about the new Syracuse basketball recruit. “Ultra-quick lead guard loaded with counters & speed off the bounce which allows him to best closeouts often. Potent mid-range scorer with some touch at the rim, yet his pull-up shooting continues to pop. Laterally quick on-ball defender who has the speed to guard in space.”"

Both 247Sports and On3 rate Tillery as three stars, although it wouldn’t surprise me at all if he moves up to four stars in the near future. On3 has him as the No. 21 point guard in the 2025 class, while 247Sports places him at No. 124 overall, No. 22 at point guard and No. 1 in New Hampshire.

To date, the Orange coaching staff has offered scholarships to several 2025 point guards, including five-star Tyler Jackson with the Atlanta-based professional league Overtime Elite and four-star Nigel James out of Long Island Lutheran High School in Brookville, N.Y., who also participated in the ‘Cuse Elite Camp this past Saturday.

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