East Carolina transfer Eliijah Hughes will transfer to Syracuse, a team source confirmed to TNIAAM after Hughes tweeted three orange emojis. Scout’s Mike McAllister was the first to report the news.
— Eli (@elijahhughes4_) May 11, 2017
Hughes has cancelled his Iona visit, which was scheduled for Saturday.
Adrian Autry was a big reason on why Hughes chose Syracuse, he said. The two have a close relationship, and his sit-down with Jim Boeheim sold him on the school, he said.
It was a typical visit — Hughes spent a lot of time with the coaches, he saw the facilities, walked the campus and had dinner.
TNIAAM was first to report on Wednesday evening that Syracuse had extended a scholarship offer to Hughes. It was not long after that Hughes had made up his mind that he would be transferring to Central New York.
Hughes a 6-foot-6 guard with great length. He likes getting into the lane, but has been described as a player who makes everyone around him better. He’s a very good athlete, plays good defense and is an outstanding kid on and off the court, a team source said.
Hughes will be forced to sit out the 2017-18 season before having three years of eligibility remaining.
Syracuse now has two scholarships remaining for next year’s team.