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The most prized player in Syracuse’s 2018 basketball recruiting efforts has tentatively set a decision date. Jalen Carey, the dynamic guard out of New Jersey, told Adam Zagoria that he’s currently leaning toward making his decision on October 11, which happens to be Carey’s birthday.

If that date becomes firm, it could set up one heck of a week for Syracuse basketball recruiting. Nate Roberts, the 6-foot-11 post player from Brewster Academy, has already set his decision date for October 17. Within that six day period, the Orange could conceivably wrap up their 2018 recruiting class (particularly now that Louis King is out of the picture and most likely headed for Oregon).

Carey is down to three schools: Syracuse, Miami, and Connecticut. The Huskies just landed a point guard last week, but continue to pursue Carey. Miami seems to have become the biggest threat to Syracuse’s hopes of landing its top guard target in the 2018 class, however, though most experts and insiders believe the Orange maintain at least a bit of a lead for the star point guard from Immaculate Conception.

Carey has taken official visits to all three schools, and the head coaches from each school stopped in to visit him at home this week.

With Darius Bazley and Buddy Boeheim already on board, adding Carey (and then Roberts) would seriously bolster the Orange roster moving forward and give Jim Boeheim one of his strongest classes in quite some time. Now, let’s all collectively pace and fret for the next few weeks until Carey makes his decision. I mean, we were going to anyway, but at least now we have an idea of when we can finally stop, right?

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