Syracuse Basketball: 4-star commit Elijah Moore is outside top 125 – wut?

Syracuse basketball, Elijah Moore (Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports)
Syracuse basketball, Elijah Moore (Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports) /

Elijah Moore, the newly signed Syracuse basketball 2024 commit, is deemed by some of the primary recruiting services as a four-star, top-60 national prospect as well as a top-20 shooting guard in the senior class.

That’s pretty good, although I’ve maintained for quite some time that the 6-foot-4 Moore remains vastly underrated in the 2024 cycle.

In any event, I happened to recently check out the latest 2024 national rankings from MADE Hoops, and I noticed that this recruiting service had Elijah Moore at No. 131 around the country in his class at the time that I wrote this article.

A couple of things to mention. Number one, these sorts of ratings are always going to be somewhat subjective, and they will vary from recruiting service to recruiting service.

Number two, the national analysts and scouts at MADE Hoops are among the best you’ll come across nationwide. They’ve provided context for some of my recruiting stories in recent months, and they’re often providing us with additional insights as it relates to Orange targets on social media.

Syracuse basketball 2024 commit Elijah Moore is outside the top 125, per MADE Hoops.

Number three, while I acknowledge that I’m not a recruiting analyst or a scout, respectfully, I think that MADE Hoops has Moore placed far too low on a national scale within the 2024 cycle.

MADE Hoops, in its profile on Elijah Moore, lists him as a wing, which to me can encompass both shooting guards and small forwards. Besides its national ranking of him, MADE Hoops rates Moore No. 53 at his position and No. 5 in the state of New York within the senior class.

Naturally, Elijah Moore will have plenty of opportunities to move up in 2024 national rankings from MADE Hoops and other recruiting Web sites during the course of his recently begun senior year in the 2023-24 campaign.

As I recently noted, Moore already has put forth some excellent performances in 2023-24 for the Our Saviour Lutheran School in the Bronx, N.Y., which is operating under the name JellyFam as a part of the Atlanta-based professional league Overtime Elite.

In the most recent AAU season, Elijah Moore collected offensive MVP honors as he averaged nearly 20 points per game and connected on roughly 46 percent from 3-point land for the 17U team of the Bronx-based Wiz Kids in the Adidas 3SSB league.

Not too long ago, Moore signed his national letter of intent (“NLI”) to play for Syracuse basketball. He also recently went on a senior-year official visit to the Hill, during which time he got to see his future squad mount an epic comeback to defeat Colgate at the JMA Wireless Dome.

Moore is joined in the Orange’s stellar two-member 2024 class by four-star power forward Donnie Freeman from Washington, D.C., who also recently signed his NLI to compete for the ‘Cuse. The 6-foot-9 Freeman, a senior at the powerhouse IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., recently moved up to No. 20 nationwide in the 2024 cycle, per On3.

Several other recruiting services rank him as a top-40 national prospect in this class. MADE Hoops, by the way, had Freeman at No. 22 overall in the senior cycle at the time of this writing.

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