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Syracuse has gotten a bit of a slow start in the 2017 basketball recruiting cycle in terms of actual commitments, but the Orange have made some strong connections with a number of their top targets. One of those targets is power forward Oshae Brissett, a 6-foot-8 athlete from Canada (by way of Findlay Prep in Nevada), who is set to announce his top four schools this Friday.

Brissett is a fierce competitor around the rim who reminds me a little bit of a mix between Tyler Roberson and Kris Joseph (not quite the rebounder Roberson is, not quite as skilled as Joseph was). The Orange are considered one of the favorites for Brissett right now, so it’d be a bit of a surprise if ‘Cuse somehow doesn’t make the cut.

I’ve talked a bit about Brissett before, and his tenacity around the tin. Syracuse is fortunate in that there isn’t an enormous need for interior help heading into the 2017-18 season, making Brissett arguably the perfect type of recruit to bring in as part of the class of 2017.

With the likes of Taurean Thompson and Matthew Moyer expected back after the upcoming year, it makes sense to bring in a player like Brissett who – while very, very talented – doesn’t necessarily need to see the floor immediately in his freshman year. Just like somebody like Roberson and Joseph and CJ Fair, he’s a guy who can develop over a couple years and become a “program guy” who winds up being a star by his junior campaign.

I’m a big fan of Oshae Brissett’s game, from what I’ve seen of him. He’d be a fantastic addition to this year’s class.

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