Syracuse Basketball: 4-star, 5-star recruits to monitor for visits to the ‘Cuse

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Coming up, Syracuse basketball will welcome several highly rated prospects on visits, and more could be on the way over the next few months.

According to media reports, social media posts and recruiting services, at least three Orange targets are expected to make trips to the Hill on or around September 15.

Nigel James, a 2025 four-star point guard out of Long Island Lutheran High School in Brookville, N.Y., was offered a scholarship by the ‘Cuse in late August and will officially visit the Orange on September 15.

Also that same day, Syracuse basketball is gearing up for an unofficial visit from 2025 five-star forward Sadiq White, who is a standout for Myers Park High School in Charlotte, N.C., and received an Orange offer in late April.

Last but certainly not least, 2024 five-star guard Jalil Bethea, an All-American at Archbishop Wood Catholic High School in Warminster, Pa., who has the ‘Cuse in his top five, plans to take a second official visit to Central New York during the weekend of September 15. Bethea was offered by the Orange in September of 2022 and took a first official visit to the team the following month.

Here are other high-school prospects to monitor for potential Syracuse basketball visits.

Based on reports, social media posts and information I’ve obtained from recruiting experts, there are various other ‘Cuse recruits in several classes who could end up traveling to the Hill for official or unofficial visits in the coming months.

This is not an exhaustive list, and things can ebb and flow in the recruiting world, but I’d keep an eye on these high-school players.

2025 Class

Tyler Jackson
Offered a scholarship by the Orange in late April, Jackson is a 2025 five-star point guard who recently signed on with the Atlanta-based professional league Overtime Elite for his junior year. Multiple national analysts have told me that the ‘Cuse is a significant contender to land an official visit from Jackson.

Kiyan Anthony
A 2025 four-star shooting guard also out of Long Island Lutheran, Anthony picked up a Syracuse basketball offer last November. Reports have indicated that he wants to officially visit four schools, and they are the Orange, Florida State, Indiana and Michigan. On3 national analyst Joe Tipton reported not too long ago that Anthony will take an official visit to Florida State from October 13 to October 14.

Keyshuan Tillery
The 2025 three-star point guard, a native of Albany, N.Y., was offered by Syracuse basketball in late August, much like James, as they participated in the Orange’s annual Elite Camp. Tillery, a star for the New Hampton School in New Hampton, N.H., told SyracuseOnSI publisher Mike McAllister in a recent interview that he would like to visit the ‘Cuse again.

DeMarco Johnson
A fast-rising 2025 four-star combo guard, Johnson secured a Syracuse basketball offer in late July. He attends the Southern California Academy in Northridge, Calif. One of his AAU coaches recently told me that Johnson has high interest in visiting the Orange, and it could end up being an official visit.

Derek Dixon
Dixon is a 2025 four-star combo guard who was offered by the ‘Cuse on June 15, when the contact period first opened up for this cycle. Since he was offered, I’ve seen multiple reports state that there is mutual interest between Dixon and the ‘Cuse coaching staff to get him on the SU campus for a visit. Dixon is one of the stars of Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C.

2026 Class

Deron Rippey Jr.
The Orange offered Rippey in late August. He recently entered the top 30 nationally as several recruiting services published their first 2026 rankings. Rippey, out of the Blair Academy in Blairstown, N.J., is eyeing a possible unofficial visit to Syracuse basketball this fall or winter, his dad has told me.

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