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Syracuse basketball recruiting: Joe Girard III takes official visit

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Syracuse.com reports that the trip to campus starts tonight.

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We’ve put a lot of focus on Syracuse Orange football recruiting lately, but there’s still plenty going on with Jim Boeheim and the Orange men’s basketball program as they look to bring in a larger 2019 class.

One of the big targets on the list has been in-state prospect Joe Girard III, who it ends up is on campus for his official visit this weekend — according to a report from Syracuse.com’s Mike Waters.

Girard, from Glens Falls, N.Y. is already the career scoring leader in state history and recently included the Orange in his top six, along with BC, Duke, Michigan, Notre Dame and Penn State. Obviously we could use a sharpshooter like that on the roster, given our lack of one at current.

More on that, and the rest of your Syracuse-related links below.

2019 recruit Joe Girard III will begin official visit to Syracuse basketball tonight (Syracuse.com)

Joe Girard III, a highly-rated prospect in the 2019 class, will take an official visit to Syracuse this weekend, according to his father. The Glens Falls, N.Y., native is a prime recruiting target in the 2019 class... The trip to Syracuse will mark his first official campus visit.

Rothstein Files: ACC Offseason Notebook (FanRag Sports)

There’s going to be opportunities in this league to beat quality teams, and that’s an important thing to remember when you’re forecasting potential bids for the 2019 NCAA Tournament. A big thing to keep in mind? The depth of this league is still vastly underrated. Why? Last season, Florida State finished 9-9 in conference play and reached the Elite Eight while Syracuse finished 8-10 in ACC play and advanced all the way to the Sweet 16.

Best NBA draft prospect for each team in Way-Too-Early Top 25 (ESPN)

16. Syracuse: Oshae Brissett, SF, So.: Brissett could become the next Syracuse player to represent the program at the next level. He averaged 14.9 PPG and 8.8 RPG last season, but he has to improve as a shooter (24 percent on jump shots) if he intends to fulfill that promise. His length and burst are coveted tools, though. If he can add more range to his arsenal, he could solidify his NBA future.

How Syracuse football OL commit Anthony Red transformed body, ‘shocked’ coaches (Syracuse.com)

Ward and offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh almost didn’t believe him when he outlined the transformation during his visit. ”They were actually shocked when they heard how much weight I put on during the offseason,” Red said during a phone interview. “When I told them I was 230 and now I’m 290, they were just like. ‘How did you do this?’”

A reasonable question.

Which sleeper ACC team could trip Clemson this season? (Greenville News)

Don’t even read it, the answer is hidden in plain sight: Syracuse.

The Basketball Tournament: Jimmer, Devo and 44 players we’re most excited to watch (Syracuse.com)

Orange Top Attendance Ranks Once Again (Cuse.com)

Bob Costas on being a Hall of Famer and his favorite Syracuse memories (Syracuse.com)

Finding the trends: Helpful tips to know before betting ACC football during the 2018 season (CBS Sports)

Syracuse’s Paige Stoner Named Outdoor Track Scholar Athlete of the Year (The ACC)