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Syracuse basketball recruiting: IMG center Jesse Edwards commits to Orange

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Edwards, a native of the Netherlands, rounds out the Orange’s Class of 2019.

NCAA Basketball: South Carolina State at Syracuse Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

The Syracuse Orange men’s basketball center position figures to intrigue more than nearly any on the roster after Paschal Chukwu’s departure. On Friday, the Orange landed a potential replacement for the 7-foot-3 shot-blocker that helped anchor SU’s top-tier defense for two seasons.

Jesse Edwards, of the IMG Academy in Florida, has committed to Syracuse according to Syracuse.com. The currently unrated forward/center is 6-foot-11 and 215 pounds, and arrived in the U.S. to play with IMG back in January. He joins Bourama Sidibe, Marek Dolezaj, Robert Braswell and fellow 2019 commit John Bol Ajak as potential contributors in the interior. Edwards is also the fifth recruit SU has landed in this class, joining Ajak, Joe Girard, Brycen Goodine and Quincy Guerrier.

Edwards traveled to Syracuse twice this week after recently receiving an offer, while also paying a visit to Georgia Tech (the other school to offer him). A coach described him as mobile and offensively-skilled. He rounds out Syracuse’s roster at 13 scholarship players, if Oshae Brissett returns after he tests the NBA Draft.

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