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Syracuse basketball recruiting: Adrian Autry watches top targets on Tuesday

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Syracuse assistant coach Adrian Autry stands with former Orange standout John Wallace before a game in 2015.
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Syracuse Orange assistant coach Adrian Autry hit the recruiting trail on Tuesday to watch a bunch of prospects.

A source told TNIAAM that Autry was at the City of Palms Tournament in Florida watching class of 2017 prospects Hamidou Diallo and Mohamed Bamba, along with 2018 prospects Eric Ayala, Jake Forrester and Cam Reddish.

Ayala, currently a class of 2018 prospect, is open to reclassifying to 2017 if the opportunity feels right. He’s quickly becoming a priority for the Syracuse coaching staff.

Elite guard Eric Ayala drives to the basket in an Under Armour AAU game over the summer.
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Diallo remains at the top of just about everyone’s wish list at Syracuse, though it sounds like he’s going to UConn now. Top NBA executives have been scouting Diallo almost weekly. He had the Orange in his final six schools.

Mohamed Bamba, a five-star center, likely won’t be heading to Syracuse either. He’s currently setting up official visits to Kentucky and Duke, while already taking two visits to Texas and Michigan. Autry watched Bamba because he plays on the same team as Cam Reddish.

Reddish, a five-star prospect in the 2018 class, has the Orange near the top of his list. He’s unofficially visited SU’s campus a few times, and likes the freedom the coaching staff gives its guards. He’s a name to keep an eye on.

Jake Forrester is a name that most Syracuse fans don’t know yet. He’s a 6-foot-8 power forward that attends Westtown School — the same school as Reddish, Bamba and former SU target Brandon Randolph. He doesn’t have an offer yet from Syracuse, but one could come quickly as his stock continues to rise.