On Tuesday afternoon, the Syracuse Orange men’s basketball program extended a scholarship offer to Class of 2018 prospect Jeenathan Williams of University Prep (Rochester, N.Y.), he confirmed to TNIAAM.
The news was first reported by Pat Lawless of MADE Hoops.
Jeenathan Williams, a class of 2018 SF from University Prep (NY), just picked up an offer from Syracuse.— Pat Lawless (@PatLawless_) March 21, 2017
Williams, a 6-foot-5 wing, is ranked as a four-star prospect, according to 247Sports composite rankings. He has offers from Buffalo, Canisius, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Marquette, Niagara, Providence, Rhode Island, Rutgers, Saint Louis, St. Bonaventure, Syracuse and Temple.
Williams describes his jumper as “reliable” and his teammates at UPrep say his work ethic is second to none.
Jeenathan attended the Nike Top 100 camp last summer with all the elite prospects around the country.
Last season, as a sophomore, Williams averaged 28.6 points and 11 rebounds per game for UPrep. He was selected to All-Greater Rochester — the only sophomore to achieve that feat.
Williams draws a lot of comparisons to Dane Miller, the former standout from the Rochester area that went on to play at Rutgers.
He can shoot off the dribble, score from the perimeter but also has the skill set to get to the basket with ease. He’s widely considered one of the best offensive players in New York, and can rebound with the best of them.
As for his interest in Syracuse, it’s high — and it’s always been high.
Having talked with Jeenathan a few times, he’s always loved Syracuse. He even attended the Elite camp back in August which started the relationship with the staff.
In the summer, he runs on the EYBL Circuit with the Albany City Rocks — a program that has a great relationship with Syracuse basketball.
He’s definitely a name to watch out for moving forward for 2018 — and is close with 2019 five-star Isaiah Stewart, which could bode well for the Orange.