For anyone who pays attention to the high school basketball scene, it won’t come as a surprise that Syracuse has a couple terrific young guards rising through the ranks. I’ve talked a lot about Malik Zachery here in the past as he started blowing up through his sophomore year, and this year another sophomore is emerging as a star in his own right: Mika Adams-Woods.

I talked a bit about Adams-Woods last year as well, as he was tearing it up for Bishop Ludden, but he’s taken his game to another level this year. The 6-foot-2 lefty has been filling it up and led Ludden to a 75-51 dismantling of Jamesville-DeWitt. Adams-Woods scored 23 points, knocking down a pair of three pointers, to lead Ludden to the win.

By the way, it’s worth pointing out that Jimmy Boeheim, who has been blistering hot in the scoring column all year, scored the first 16 points of the game for J-D and finished with 29. The Syracuse coach’s son is averaging 25.7 points-per-game this season. The younger Boeheim son, Buddy, is averaging 15.1 points-per-game. Needless to say, basketball acumen hasn’t skipped that generation in the Boeheim family.

Anyway, going back to Adams-Woods. The lefty point guard has begun getting a bit more attention on the national level, claiming offers from East Carolina and George Washington already. He’s still rail thin at about 160 pounds, but considering he’s only a high school sophomore, that’s not exactly unexpected. Adams-Woods has a terrific handle and possesses good court vision while also being able to fill it up himself, and in fact this year he’s averaging 24.0 points-per-game.

Adams-Woods has reached double digits in every game this season, including having recently torched CBA for 37 points, marking the third time this season he’s surpassed 30 points in a game. Watching his game on film, he’s got good quickness and can knock down jump shots with solid range, though the farther out he gets, the slower his release becomes. This isn’t unexpected of course, and his release will get quicker as he adds strength and gets older. He’s a crafty scorer around the rim, and always has his eyes up to find teammates when he drives into the lane.

It’ll be interesting to see how Adams-Woods continues to emerge as a national prospect as we head toward the summer months, and he begins playing with the Albany City Rocks on the Nike EYBL circuit. It’s still too early to say whether he’ll wind up being targeted by Power 5 level schools, but right now, he’s positioning himself well to get plenty of attention from coaches in some major conferences moving forward.

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