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Prized 2018 recruit cuts Syracuse basketball from list

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Tough break for the Orange.

 
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Cam Reddish, who is arguably the most talented and explosive player in the 2018 class, has eliminated Syracuse from his list of schools, according to Pat Lawless.

Less than a year ago, in July of 2016 to be exact, Syracuse was in Reddish’s top five, according to CuseNation.com’s Mike McAllister.

From the few times I had spoken with Reddish over the past year, he always displayed high interest in the Orange. He liked SU’s style of play, grew up watching the program and knew all about Jim Boeheim and his success.

Things changed dramatically, though. Reddish, who plays for Team Final on the EYBL circuit, does interviews at nearly every AAU event he plays in. He hasn’t mentioned Syracuse for quite some time, and has now has moved on.

This makes Syracuse 0-for-3 with recent Westtown School (Pa.) products — Reddish, Brandon Randolph and Mohamed Bamba. All three prospects had offers from SU.

Gerry McNamara was Reddish’s primary recruiter.

The five-star wing is the prototypical Syracuse recruit. He’s long, freakishly athletic and can score from anywhere on the court. He has NBA lottery pick written all over him one day, despite only entering his senior year of high school.

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In other news regarding the 2018 class, Syracuse extended a scholarship offer to Eastern Carolina transfer Elijah Hughes during his visit, he told TNIAAM on Wednesday.

Hughes is still weighing his options. Wherever he does decide to go, he will be forced to sit out the 2017-18 season. He will then have three years of eligible remaining.