Syracuse Basketball: 4-star Elijah Moore’s Overtime Elite team into top 20

Syracuse basketball, Donnie Freeman (Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports)
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Syracuse basketball 2024 commit Elijah Moore, this coming season, is part of a loaded backcourt for a New York City program that competes in the Atlanta-based professional league Overtime Elite, and the four-star shooting guard’s team is highly ranked in a recently published preseason top 30.

The Circuit, in recent days, put out a preseason top 30 ahead of the 2023-24 high-school hoops season, and it has included traditional public schools, prep schools and Overtime Elite teams in this ranking.

The 6-foot-4 Moore’s team is the Our Saviour Lutheran School in the Bronx, N.Y., which in the Overtime Elite league will operate as JellyFam. Moore gave a verbal pledge to the ‘Cuse in late January over other finalists Alabama, Arkansas, Miami and Oklahoma State.

The Circuit ranks JellyFam at No. 16 across the country in its preseason top 30, a ranking by the way that has numerous other Syracuse basketball recruiting ties.

Syracuse basketball 2024 commit Elijah Moore is suiting up in Overtime Elite.

Moore, a top-60 national prospect in the senior class, transferred to Our Saviour Lutheran from Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx, where he was a standout as a junior. His former Cardinal Hayes teammate, 2024 five-star guard Ian Jackson, has joined Moore with JellyFam to form an elite backcourt.

Jackson, who held a scholarship offer from the Orange during his recruitment, is verbally committed to North Carolina. A handful of other ‘Cuse targets are playing for Overtime Elite squads in 2023-24, which I outlined in another recent column.

Other high-school groups to monitor from a Syracuse basketball recruiting perspective that made The Circuit’s preseason top 30 include No. 4 St. Paul VI Catholic High School in Chantilly, Va., No. 5 IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., No. 7 Long Island Lutheran High School in Brookville, N.Y., No. 10 AZ Compass Prep School in Chandler, Ariz., No. 21 Myers Park High School in Charlotte, N.C., and No. 28 St. Thomas More School in Oakdale, Conn.

St. Paul VI’s 2023-24 roster includes 2026 five-star shooting guard Jordan Smith Jr. and 2026 point guard Anthony Brown, both of whom hold offers from the Orange.

The other member of the ‘Cuse 2024 class, four-star power forward Donnie Freeman, is a senior at IMG, which is part of the loaded 10-team National Interscholastic Basketball Conference (“NIBC”). Freeman verbally committed to Syracuse basketball in May.

Another NIBC member is Long Island Lutheran, whose backcourt includes 2025 four-star point guard Nigel James and 2025 four-star shooting guard Kiyan Anthony. Each of these players recently took an official visit to the Hill.

Over at AZ Compass Prep, 2026 four-star guard Imahri Wooten from Troy, N.Y., is a sophomore with this NIBC school. Wooten, not too long ago, went on an unofficial visit to the ‘Cuse, around which time he picked up an Orange offer.

Sadiq White, a 2025 four-star forward, was offered by Syracuse basketball in late April and took an unofficial visit to Central New York in mid-September. He is a star at Myers Park.

One of the standouts for St. Thomas More is 2025 four-star wing London Jemison, who received an Orange offer in late September and said in a recent interview that he’s in frequent contact with Syracuse basketball coaches these days.

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