It’s no secret that Syracuse is going to need a lot of help from the 2017 recruiting class. And with the Orange missing out on some of its top options, it was only a matter of time before some new names started to emerge. One of those names is Chris Duarte, who recently attended Syracuse’s big win over Pittsburgh in the Carrier Dome.
The 3-star, in-state prospect has been flying under the radar, but for a lot of the same reasons some other recent Orange players have lacked publicity: injuries. CJ Fair and Tyus Battle, for instance, both plummeted in the national rankings because they missed significant time due to being hurt. Duarte, likewise, saw his stock drop after missing time due to injury, having previously been ranked among the top 100 players in the country by Scout.com.
According to Scout, Duarte holds offers from the likes of Kansas, Arizona, and USC, along with some smaller schools like Hofstra, Temple, Central Florida, and New Mexico State. The versatile perimeter player doesn’t yet hold an offer from the Orange, but one could be coming soon.
Duarte is about 6-foot-6 and rain thin, but it’s clear he possesses a strong overall skill set and could be a valuable addition for the Orange. It’s unclear how many guards the Orange will be bringing back next year, with a lot of that hanging on whether or not Tyus Battle shows enough to get NBA interest through the rest of the season (remember, Malachi Richardson had a couple of dismal months, shooting just 33% overall in February and March and 16% on threes in December, before turning it on to end the year last season).
Duarte has the potential to play a couple different positions on the perimeter for Syracuse, and has the kind of size and length at the top of the zone that Jim Boeheim loves.
Because I love throwing out comparisons, apparently, watching Duarte’s film below, I was reminded not of a former Syracuse player, but of a former UConn player: Jeremy Lamb. He’s got similar size and a similar build, and like Lamb, is a solid athlete and shooter who can put the ball on the floor and use his length to make a lot of plays on the defensive end.