Syracuse may be getting near-record snowfall, but Nottingham point guard and possible future Syracuse University hoops target Malik Zachery has been scorching hot as the season has gone on. The sophomore point guard, whose national profile seems likely to blow up based on his outstanding play this season, went on a recent tear against Fayetteville-Manlius to add to his already impressive numbers this season.

It’s not much of a secret that we’re big fans of Malik around these parts, and it’s great to see that the 6-foot-1 floor general is not just playing up to, but beyond expectations this year. Despite being just a sophomore, he’s been dominating the CNY basketball scene this year, averaging 16.7 points and going for 20 or more six times. Against F-M, he hit 20 in the first half alone, which was two more points than the Hornets scored as a team.

Zachery has been working on expanding his range, and the progress he’s made showed in that game, as he hit four three pointers. That’s the second most he’s had in a game this year, having previously knocked down six treys against Liverpool. Nottingham is currently 16-3 overall, and ranked No. 3 in CNY thanks largely to Malik’s stellar play.

His assist totals haven’t been getting consistently tracked throughout the year, but he’s also putting up strong numbers in that category in the few box scores showing the totals. In a recent game against Corcoran, Zachery scored 18 points and handed out seven assists.

Yesterday a new highlight reel for Malik went online, and it’s definitely worth checking out. This is a young man who is excelling in the upstate New York high school hoops scene, and he’s a 2017 prospect to watch on the summer circuit in 2015.

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