Syracuse basketball ventures into 2027 class with offer to D.C. point guard

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Syracuse basketball coaches have made what I believe is their first scholarship offer to a prospect in the 2027 recruiting cycle.

Recently, on his X page, Eric Turner of Washington, D.C., said that he picked up an offer from the Orange, with his post specifically mentioning Syracuse basketball head coach Adrian Autry and assistant coach Brenden Straughn, both of whom have deep recruiting ties to the talent-rich D.C. market.

According to posts on X, Turner is a 6-foot-3 point guard in the 2027 class. He goes to Calvin Coolidge High School in D.C.

Social media posts also suggest that Turner, on the AAU circuit, is a member of the D.C.-based Washington Warriors in the Adidas 3SSB league. Per its X page, the Washington Warriors won the 3SSB 16U championship earlier this summer.

Syracuse basketball has officially entered the recruitment of 2027 point guard Eric Turner.

It’s extremely early on in Turner’s recruiting process, although he did say on X in early July that he was offered by Norfolk State.

College coaches won’t be able to start initiating direct communication with 2027 prospects for a while, but I’m sure that Turner will see his offer sheet greatly expand in the future. I’ll of course monitor his recruitment moving forward.

Recruiting services also won’t likely publish 2027 national rankings for a while, but I’ll be curious where Turner resides on a national scale when they eventually do.

One thing I can say with certainty is that, in recent months dating back to April, Syracuse basketball coaches have hit the recruiting trail hard as it relates to doling out offers in the Washington metropolitan area as well as in the Baltimore market.

In May, 2024 four-star power forward Donnie Freeman from D.C. verbally committed to the ‘Cuse. He was a standout junior at St. John’s College High School in Washington but recently decided to transfer for his senior year to the powerhouse IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., which is a member of the 10-team National Interscholastic Basketball Conference (“NIBC”).

In late April, the Orange offered 2025 five-star point guard Tyler Jackson from Baltimore, who has signed on to play with the Atlanta-based professional league Overtime Elite, as well as 2025 four-star wing Cam Ward, a standout at Largo High School in Upper Marlboro, Md.

In May, the ‘Cuse offered 2026 five-star shooting guard Jordan Smith Jr. with St. Paul VI Catholic High School in Chantilly, Va.

On June 15, as the contact period opened up for the 2025 class, the Orange offered four-star combo guard Derek Dixon out of Gonzaga College High School in D.C.

More recently, after Syracuse basketball held its annual Elite Camp, ‘Cuse coaches offered 2026 point guards Neiko Mundey of the Shabach Christian Academy in Landover, Md., and Anthony Brown, who also attends St. Paul VI.

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