We knew that this weekend was going to kick off a potentially big week for Syracuse basketball on the recruiting front, with Bourama Sidibe taking his official visit and Quade Green set to announce his decision next weekend, but the ball officially started rolling north of the border with a pledge from Oshae Brissett.

Brissett made his announcement live at halftime during the Toronto broadcast of the Raptors versus Knicks game.

The 6-foot-9 forward picked the Orange over the likes of Oregon, USC, and Memphis, which were the other schools rounding out his final four. The Canadian product, who plays his high school ball in Las Vegas and suited up for Team Canada over the summer, might wind up reminding a lot of Syracuse fans of a mix of Tyler Roberson and Jerami Grant, in terms of his build and aggressiveness around the backboard.

Brissett’s skill set might wind up being higher than either, though, and he’s got the potential to develop into a combo forward with the ability to play the three or the four. He’s an aggressive rebounder and attacks the rim but he’s also got solid fundamentals and range out to the three point line. He’s a terrific pickup for Syracuse.

The Orange may not be done this weekend, either. As I mentioned, the 6-foot-10 Sidibe is on his official visit and there’s a strong feeling he could wind up signing with Syracuse while he’s on campus. Plus, Quade Green made a surprise appearance at the team’s season opener against Colgate last night, lending even more support to the theory that he’s Syracuse-bound.

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