Syracuse Basketball: 4-star, top-40 player from NY visits SU, scores offer

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Four-star guard Imahri Wooten, a New York native and a fast-rising national prospect in the 2026 class, took an unofficial visit to Syracuse basketball this weekend, at which time he received a scholarship offer from the Orange coaching staff.

The 6-foot-5 Wooten, who is from Troy, N.Y., disclosed the ‘Cuse offer and some photos from his unofficial visit to the SU campus on his Instagram page. First and foremost, a huge congrats to Imahri.

I kind of figured that an Orange offer might be headed Wooten’s way, after I found out that he was taking an unofficial visit to Syracuse basketball this weekend. While he’s from New York state, Wooten plays high-school ball in Arizona.

Eric Bossi, the national basketball director for 247Sports, first reported the news of Wooten’s unofficial visit to the ‘Cuse, in a larger piece where Bossi detailed numerous highly rated prospects making trips to college campuses this weekend.

Syracuse basketball has officially entered the recruiting fray for 2026 four-star guard Imahri Wooten.

As a freshman in the 2022-23 season, Wooten had a standout campaign for the Redemption Christian Academy in Troy, getting named to the Power 5 Conference AAA All-League first team.

In the upcoming 2023-24 term, as a sophomore, Wooten will compete for the powerhouse AZ Compass Prep School in Chandler, Ariz., which is a member of the loaded 10-team National Interscholastic Basketball Conference (“NIBC”).

Besides the Orange, Wooten holds offers from teams such as Albany, Arizona State, Auburn, Georgia Tech, IUPUI, Mississippi State, Missouri, NJIT, St. Bonaventure and Wichita State.

According to 247Sports, Wooten within the 2026 class is rated as four stars, No. 38 overall, No. 14 at small forward and No. 3 in Arizona.

To date, I’m aware of seven players in the sophomore cycle, including Wooten, who have landed scholarship offers from the Syracuse basketball coaching staff.

This past February, the Orange offered five-star small forward Maximo Adams with Junipero Serra High School in Gardena, Calif. In May, five-star shooting guard Jordan Smith Jr. out of St. Paul VI Catholic High School in Chantilly, Va., was offered by the ‘Cuse.

In late August, Syracuse basketball coaches offered point guard Anthony Brown of St. Paul VI, three-star point guard Neiko Mundey of the Shabach Christian Academy in Landover, Md., shooting guard/small forward Prince-Alexander Moody of Bishop McNamara High School in Forestville, Md., and four-star point guard Deron Rippey Jr. of the Blair Academy in Blairstown, N.J.

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