In the past week or two, Syracuse has suddenly emerged as a player for big-time basketball talent Billy Preston. Today, Jim Boeheim visited the 6-foot-10 forward at Oak Hill, and extended an official scholarship offer, according to Scout.
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The big, athletic, and highly skilled power forward is a tantalizing prospect, and if Syracuse were able to pull off what would have to be considered a bit of a coup in landing him, it’d be an enormous victory on the recruiting trail. Preston is generally considered one of the top 10-15 players in the nation, and up until recently the consensus has been that USC was likely the leader for his services.
If you watch his highlights, you’ll see a big, long, physically ready to compete player with good athleticism, but what really stands out is the level of skill on display. He’s got a solid jump shot, but more impressive is his ability to handle the ball. He’s got the handle of a guard on the body of, for sake of Syracuse comparison, Chris McCullough.
It’s interesting to note that Preston is a high school teammate of Syracuse’s second choice at point guard, Matt Coleman. If things were to fall through with Quade Green (which is possible, but I’d wager unlikely) and the Orange were to really press for Coleman, it could conceivably give Boeheim a boost in recruiting the Los Angeles native, Preston.
In any event, Syracuse will have a lot of scholarships to fill, and getting Preston would be big. His combination of size and skill is outstanding, and make him one of the more intriguing prospects in the class of 2017.