3-star Albany PG, who holds Syracuse basketball offer, ‘tremendous’ leader

Syracuse basketball (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
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National recruiting analysts and scouts have been giving a lot of love lately to 2025 three-star point guard Keyshuan Tillery, who holds a scholarship offer from Syracuse basketball.

The 6-foot-1 Tillery, who is from Albany, N.Y., received an offer from the ‘Cuse coaching staff in late August, around the time that he took an unofficial visit to the Hill to compete in the Orange’s annual Elite Camp.

He is a vastly underrated national prospect. Tillery is just getting started with his junior season in the 2023-24 campaign at the New Hampton School in New Hampton, N.H., which is a member of a top high school league in the Northeast, the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (“NEPSAC”).

As I noted in another recent column, multiple Syracuse basketball recruits suit up for NEPSAC squads and will face each other in 2023-24. These ‘Cuse targets include 2025 five-star wing Joson Sanon of the Vermont Academy in Saxtons River, Vt., and 2025 four-star small forward London Jemison of the St. Thomas More School in Oakdale, Conn.

Albany native Keyshuan Tillery, a 2025 three-star PG, has said he’s interested in visiting Syracuse basketball again.

This past AAU season, Tillery ran on the AAU circuit with the Albany City Rocks in Nike’s EYBL league, a grassroots basketball program that has sent numerous of its alumni to the Hill over the years.

Beyond the Orange, Tillery’s offer sheet, which I envision continuing to expand, includes college groups such as Northwestern, Albany, UMBC, Georgia Tech, North Carolina A&T, Hampton, Bryant, Temple, Mike Hopkins-led Washington, Wyoming, UMass and St. Bonaventure.

At this juncture, on a national scale within the 2025 class, 247Sports ranked Tillery at No. 132 around the country when I wrote this article.

Assuming he shines yet again for the New Hampton School as a junior, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if Tillery ends up being a top-100 overall player in this cycle. Several recruiting Web sites, by the way, rate him as a top-30 point guard in the 2025 class.

Per social media posts, as a sophomore at the New Hampton School in 2022-23, Tillery averaged 17.5 points, 6.5 assists and 4 rebounds per game and was named an All-NEPSAC player.

Earlier this month, when the New Hampton School defeated the Brimmer and May School from Chestnut Hill, Mass., Tillery tallied 20 points, seven assists and six rebounds, according to a post on X from The HS Circuit.

In mid-October, basketball outlet Pro Insight described Tillery in a post on X as “a walking paint touch and a tremendous leader.”

Other recruiting experts, of late, have noted that Tillery is making a strong case as one of the top point guards in the New England region, and I agree with their sentiments that this Syracuse basketball target is underrated nationally.

Recently, Pro Insight analyst Zach Welch checked out numerous open gyms of top New England prep schools, and he provided evaluations of various prospects, including Tillery.

"I just love what Welch wrote about Tillery: “He leads by example on the court with his effort and talent level, but also demonstrates a maturity beyond his years as a captain, leading with an empathetic problem-solving approach for which most adults can only aspire.”"

That is exactly the kind of young man who I want to see don a ‘Cuse uniform in the future. He’s a rising prospect in 2025, and his high character and leadership traits are wonderfully innate.

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