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Syracuse basketball recruiting: Top-50 prospect Kai Jones visiting Orange

Frontcourt dominance? Yes, please!

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Expectations have increased for the Syracuse Orange with the return of their impact players from last year’s Sweet 16 run, and now they are making even more news with their recruiting efforts.

Top-50 prospect Kai Jones, a senior our of Brewster Academy, will be taking his official visit at Syracuse this weekend, according to The Athletic’s Andrew Slater. Jones is a 6-foot-10 center who has already received offers from schools such as Iowa State, Oregon, Arizona, Florida State, Stanford, and Vanderbilt.

Jones is a prominent prospect, as he is ranked No. 45 on ESPN’s top 100 for the class of 2019. He’s an athletic big who can dominate his opponent when facing the basket. And at just 193 pounds right now, Jones’s full potential hasn’t nearly been tapped yet.

The Orange already have their fair-share of Brewster Academy representation on this year’s roster in Buddy Boeheim and Brendan Paul. Boeheim, a freshman, played his lone season at Brewster Academy last year where he earned Second-Team AAA All-New England Prep School Athletic Council honors.

Paul, a walk-on freshman this year, was a member of Boeheim’s Brewster Academy squad last year, where he helped the team finish with a 26-7 record. Boeheim and Paul aren’t the only two Orangemen to have a history at Brewster Academy, as former Syracuse standout C.J. Fair and recent transfer Taurean Thompson also made their names known at the New Hampshire based school.

Jones would be a great fit in coach Jim Boeheim’s system due to his size and athleticism, so let’s hope this visit goes well this weekend. Syracuse already has one player in the class of 2019 in guard Brycen Goodine, but will be filling several more spots in this class.