Syracuse Basketball: 4-star D.C. guard plans to visit 'Cuse, this Big Ten school soon

Four-star guard Acaden Lewis, recently offered by Syracuse basketball, wants to visit SU and a Big Ten Conference team soon.
Four-star guard Acaden Lewis, recently offered by Syracuse basketball, wants to visit SU and a Big Ten Conference team soon. / Reggie Hildred-USA TODAY Sports

For the time being, Syracuse basketball 2025 recruit Acaden Lewis is laser-focused on the current AAU season, which runs through the spring and into the summer.

However, as grassroots basketball winds down, the four-star combo guard from Washington, D.C., says there are two college suitors that he plans to visit soon.

One of them is the Orange. The other is Big Ten Conference member Michigan. Both the 'Cuse and the Wolverines recently offered a scholarship to Lewis, who won a ton of awards as a junior for his brilliant 2023-24 season with the Sidwell Friends School in D.C.

The Orange staff offered the 6-foot-3 Lewis in late April. He is one of several 2025 prospects to pick up an offer from Syracuse basketball in recent weeks, as the 'Cuse continues to evolve its recruiting focus in the high school junior cycle.

So far this spring, Lewis is playing at an ultra-high level on the AAU circuit as a standout with the 17U squad of the Oxon Hill, Md.-based Team Durant in Nike’s EYBL league. His ultimate goal, naturally, is to help guide Team Durant to a coveted Peach Jam crown in July.

Four-star junior guard Acaden Lewis wants to visit Syracuse basketball.

Some of Lewis' more recent offers have come from the Orange, Michigan and Big 12 Conference team West Virginia. His full offer sheet also includes schools such as Maryland, Virginia Tech, Villanova, Florida State, Georgetown, Virginia, Brown, Bryant, George Mason, George Washington, Georgia, Howard, Nebraska, Oregon, Penn State, Providence, St. John's, Vanderbilt, Norfolk State and UMBC.

Not too long ago, recruiting analyst Jake Lieberman said in a post on X that some of the teams in regular communication with Lewis include Syracuse basketball, Georgetown, Maryland and fellow Atlantic Coast Conference member Virginia.

Lewis has officially visited both UVA and Florida State, while he's also gone on unofficial visits to Georgetown and Virginia Tech. In a recent interview with Davis Moseley of 247Sports, Lewis said that he plans on visiting both Michigan and the Orange "in the near future."

Around the time that Lewis secured his Syracuse basketball offer, I was also told that he had a high interest in visiting the 'Cuse at some point soon.

In his junior season, Lewis averaged 14.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.5 steals per contest. Sidwell Friends finished 2023-24 at 27-4 overall, held a top-20 national ranking and won both the the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference ("MAC") title and the District of Columbia State Athletic Association ("DCSAA") Class AA tournament championship.

As I noted in another recent column, Sidwell Friends is eyeing a potential preseason top-25 national ranking ahead of 2024-25, when Lewis will be a senior.

Thus far, the EYBL has held two sessions, in Memphis, Tenn., and then in the Atlanta area. This coming weekend, the league will conduct a session in Indianapolis amid the first spring live period where college coaches can watch recruits in person. I'll be curious to see if the Syracuse basketball staff is in attendance for Lewis this weekend in Indianapolis.

Through two sessions on the AAU circuit, he's averaging 16.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game, and Lewis is among the league leaders in points, assists and steals per contest in the 17U division.

Virtually all of the main recruiting Web sites, within the 2025 class, rank him in the top 100 nationally and in the top 15 at guard. ESPN has Lewis at No. 67 around the country in his cycle.

I'll continue to monitor his recruitment, and if and when a visit to the Orange is put on the books. I believe that Lewis is emerging as a priority recruiting target for Syracuse basketball coaches in the 2025 class.

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