Syracuse Basketball: Judah Mintz on preseason All-ACC first team – expert

Syracuse basketball, Judah Mintz (Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports)
Syracuse basketball, Judah Mintz (Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports) /

Top national analyst/scout Jamie Shaw of recruiting service On3 recently named his preseason All-ACC first and second teams ahead of the 2023-24 campaign, and Syracuse basketball sophomore point guard Judah Mintz made the cut.

The 6-foot-4, 185-pound Mintz, who came to the Hill from the talent-rich Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, is on Shaw’s preseason All-ACC first squad.

There, he joins North Carolina graduate student center Armando Bacot, Duke sophomore big man Kyle Filipowski (a former Orange recruiting target), Virginia senior guard Reece Beekman and Clemson senior forward PJ Hall.

Mintz, who hails from Fort Washington, Md., was a 2022 four-star prospect out of the powerhouse Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va. He is receiving a lot of preseason ACC and national accolades prior to the 2023-24 stanza getting underway in about two weeks.

Syracuse basketball sophomore PG Judah Mintz has landed on a preseason All-ACC first team.

In 2022-23, when the ‘Cuse went 17-15 overall, Mintz averaged 16.3 points, 4.6 assists, 2.3 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 2.4 turnovers per contest, while hitting on 44.3 percent from the field, 75.1 percent from the free-throw line and 30.3 percent from beyond the arc.

He was named to the Atlantic Coast Conference’s All-Freshman team a stanza ago, and many national experts believe that Judah Mintz is poised for a super strong sophomore term.

In addition to being named to Shaw’s preseason All-ACC first team, college basketball insider Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports recently included Mintz in a story on “10 players who will become stars during the 2023-24 college basketball season.”

Another national pundit, Andy Katz, has Judah Mintz as his No. 2 point guard around the country ahead of 2023-24, while The Field of 68 rates Mintz as the No. 52 national player, regardless of position, for the upcoming campaign.

"Shaw, in his write-up on his preseason All-ACC teams, said, “Judah Mintz plays with a type of reckless abandon that is very endearing to Syracuse fans. The guard plays in straight lines toward the basket and with active hands on the defensive end. He finished third in the ACC last year in free-throws attempted and second in two-point field goal attempts. Syracuse brings in a new coach, which inevitably means a different system. They also bring in Notre Dame transfer and former McDonald’s All-American guard JJ Starling to share the backcourt with Mintz. It will be interesting to see how those two co-exist, but as they say, the best part about freshmen is they become sophomores. Mintz had a first-team ACC All-Freshman caliber first season.”"

Mintz and Starling, a Central New York native and sophomore for the ‘Cuse, are getting much of the preseason hype from national and ACC experts as it relates to the Syracuse basketball backcourt.

But as Orange first-year head coach Adrian Autry has noted on numerous occasions, the ‘Cuse backcourt is filled with athleticism, depth and versatility, and the team’s talent in the backcourt extends beyond just Mintz and Starling.

That being said, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if Judah Mintz significantly contends for All-ACC and even All-America honors in 2023-24.

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