Well, this is certainly unexpected but phenomenal news. At this point we pretty much all expected Jalen Carey to wind up in Orange, but the word had been that he’d be committing on his birthday, which is a week from today. Apparently, the 6-foot-3 point guard from New Jersey didn’t feel like waiting that long.
Breaking: Jalen Carey (@yungswae5) announces his commitment.
— Pat Lawless (@PatLawless_) October 4, 2017
I’ll be honest here guys, this caught me completely off guard. Usually, I wait until at least a day or two in advance to get something written up when I hear someone is likely to commit, but right now, I’m writing this completely on the fly. Here’s the funny part: I was just on my Facebook page making a terrible joke about how I needed to find a good place to use “Yub Nub” (the original post-Death Star destruction song from Return of the Jedi) since George Lucas wasn’t using it anymore, when suddenly the perfect opportunity came up as I checked back in on Twitter to see that Syracuse’s most coveted prospect had pulled the trigger a week early.
At this point if you’ve been reading this site at any point over the past few months, you know my position on Jalen Carey. To say that I’m extremely high on his ability and potential would be a dramatic understatement. He can score. He can handle. He can pass. He’s long. He’s athletic. He’s smooth as all hell. I’m still baffled by the fact that he’s not a consensus top 25 kid in the class of 2018, because from what I’ve seen of him, he’s just that good.
This is an enormous get for Jim Boeheim and his staff, with the bulk of the credit going to Red Autry, who was the lead recruiter for the program’s top point guard prospect in this year’s class. With Carey, Darius Bazley, and Buddy Boeheim now on board and Nate Roberts set to commit October 17 (with Syracuse considered by some to be the favorite), this is shaping up to be an outstanding class.
Let’s dance and celebrate the way Ewoks were intended to, before Lucas went edit happy!