Syracuse Basketball: 4-star, 5-star recruits ball out at elite prep showcase

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Not too long ago, the annual National Prep Showcase took place in New Haven, Conn., with recruiting experts praising various Syracuse basketball recruits for their performances at this prestigious event.

According to national analysts and scouts, those Orange targets who played at a high level in the National Prep Showcase included 2026 four-star point guard Deron Rippey Jr., 2025 five-star wing Joson Sanon, 2025 three-star point guard Keyshuan Tillery and 2025 four-star small forward London Jemison.

All of these high school players hold scholarship offers from the ‘Cuse coaching staff, and these offers were doled out by Syracuse basketball in recent months.

Rippey has an interest in taking an unofficial visit to the Hill at some point, his dad has told me. Tillery participated in the Orange’s annual Elite Camp this past August. Jemison, per On3 national analyst Jamie Shaw, plans to officially visit the ‘Cuse toward the end of December.

Syracuse basketball targets were top performers at an elite prep-school event.

Sanon is a standout junior at the Vermont Academy in Saxtons River, Vt. Jemison attends the St. Thomas More School in Oakdale, Conn.

Tillery, an Albany, N.Y., native, is out of the New Hampton School in New Hampton, N.H., while Rippey, who hails from Brooklyn, N.Y., goes to the Blair Academy in Blairstown, N.J.

The analysts and scouts at The Circuit included these four Orange recruits when handing out honors following the conclusion of the National Prep Showcase.

Tillery was placed on the event’s third team, while Jemison, Sanon and Rippey earned honorable-mention nods. Per The Circuit, here are some of the statistics for these prospects at the National Prep Showcase:

Keyshaun Tillery
Game One: 29 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and two steals
Game Two: Nine points, 12 rebounds, eight assists and two steals

London Jemison
Game One: 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field
Game Two: 12 points, seven rebounds and two assists

Joson Sanon
Game One: 19 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals

Deron Rippey Jr.
Game One: 21 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals

Adam Finkelstein, the director of scouting at 247Sports, was on hand for the National Prep Showcase and had a lot of positive things to say about some of these Syracuse basketball recruits.

"Finkelstein wrote in part, “The 2025 prospect who popped the most for me though was St. Thomas More’s London Jemison. … He’s an athletic 6-foot-7 combo-forward of sorts who has potential to develop into a big wing down the road. He’s got the type of frame that is already cut and solid, but likely going to look vastly different a couple of years from now. He’s athletic and capable of making some explosive plays in the open floor. He can put the ball on the floor, has soft natural touch, is gradually becoming a more consistent shooting threat, and while he continues to stretch his game, he plays with general efficiency. He’s also an engaged defender with a quality motor on both ends of the floor.”"

Finkelstein said in part about Tillery, “He understands how to run a team, is capable of scoring when necessary, and has a clear presence and it factor about him.”

One of the top national analysts/scouts out there, On3’s Shaw, also provided a variety of insights on Orange targets at the National Prep Showcase, including Sanon, Jemison and Tillery.

I highly recommend taking a look at Shaw’s multiple articles on standout performers at this recent event in Connecticut.

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