We won’t see the newest Syracuse Orange men’s and women’s basketball signees on the Carrier Dome court until this fall. But you can get a glimpse of two of them on Wednesday evening during the annual McDonald’s All-American game.
Top-10 Syracuse prospect Darius Bazley will suit up for the West Team in the men’s game, representing Cincinnati’s Princeton High School. That’s not necessarily “West” in most people’s minds, but whatever, McDonald’s. You do you. The West Team is actually sort of smaller than the East squad. Bazley’s the fourth tallest player on the West, but would be the sixth or seventh tallest on the East.
You can catch the men’s game at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN or WatchESPN.
Fellow Syracuse signee Emily Engstler will also be in action a little bit earlier in the evening. The 11th-ranked women’s prospect is on the East roster coming from Fresh Meadows, N.Y. And before she handles somewhere between five and 10 Tiana Mangakahia assists per game next year, Emily will one of a handful of sharpshooters for a forward-heavy East team. The women’s game tips off at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN2 or WatchESPN.
As you probably know, these aren’t the first future Syracuse players to participate in the McDonald’s All-American Game. Some recent Orange men to play in the game include Malachi Richardson (2015), Dajuan Coleman (2012), Rakeem Christmas (2011) and Michael Carter-Williams (2011). On the women’s side, Brittney Sykes (2012), Erica Morrow (2007) and Juanita Ward (2005) are your most recent participants.
Maybe this is the open thread, or maybe we put up a new one for the games. TBD.