It was a good night for the Syracuse basketball program, first with a blowout (exhibition) win over LeMoyne and then with a commitment from 4-star Canadian forward Quincy Guerrier.
Guerrier becomes the fourth member of Syracuse’s 2019 recruiting class, but he’s expected to be on campus before the end of the current season as a mid-year enrollee. While Guerrier will be practicing with the team from January on, it’s unlikely he actually plays this season.
Guerrier, a 6-foot-7 small forward from Quebec, chose Syracuse over Oregon and Illinois (though the Ducks were the real competition), and he joins Brycen Goodine, Joseph Girard, and John Bol Ajak in this year’s recruiting class. That makes for a strong quartet, and the Orange are still hoping to land at least one more piece with the big prize being Isaiah Stewart, who would take this class from “very good” to “great” with his commitment. Stewart visits Duke this weekend – his final official visit – and will likely make a decision in the not-too-distant future.
Anyway, getting back to Guerrier…
247Sports ranks him as the No. 48 prospect in the class of 2019, and he’s going to be coming to Syracuse with a reputation as a bucket-getter. He put up big-time numbers on the Adidas Gauntlet over the summer, averaging 24.2 points and 6.8 rebounds for Brookwood Elite, while shooting 48% from the field and nearly 36% from three-point range. He’s yet another long-range weapon added to the mix for Syracuse – a mix that includes Buddy Boeheim, Girard, Goodine, Jalen Carey, Howard Washington, and Elijah Hughes (unless he blows up this season and is able to jump to the NBA, which seems unlikely but, based on early returns, might not be so far-fetched).
This is a big-time recruiting win for Syracuse, and continues a strong Canadian pipeline that will hopefully continue into the future, specifically with Addison Patterson in the class of 2020.