With the open period over the weekend and Syracuse basketball coaches able to get out on the road and check out some of the nation’s top underclassmen, it was only a matter of time before Jim Boeheim and his staff started extending a few offers. The latest is Jalen Carey, a 6-foot-3 guard from Montclair, New Jersey.

Carey is an interesting prospect, and generally regarded as a top 50-60 player nationally. Right now he’s more of a combo guard who can be a volume scorer, but his handle and quickness make him an extremely intriguing option to transition to point guard duties full-time at the next level. Last season, he averaged 21.4 points-per-game for Immaculate Conception, after averaging 20.2 as a sophomore. He knocked down 50 threes in 28 games last season.

Carey is a lanky, athletic player at 6-foot-3 whose long arms and quickness could make him a force defensively at the top of the zone. He also gets to the bucket at will, and shows a nice ability to score through traffic. Check out one of his highlight reels for yourself to get a look at the guy who could potentially wind up running the show for Syracuse:

Carey has seen his recruitment blow up a bit since the EYBL session this past weekend, reeling in offers from the likes of Florida, Texas, Notre Dame, and Indiana. He’s also got offers from Pitt, Seton Hall, Rutgers, UConn, Minnesota, and Temple, and is being shown strong interest Villanova.

Full disclosure here: Carey’s been one of my favorite guard prospects in the class of 2018 since I first checked him out a couple weeks ago, and this is one offer I’ve been hoping the Orange would hand out. He’d be a heck of a pickup for Syracuse and Jim Boeheim.

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