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Syracuse’s 2018 recruiting efforts got a big boost – not to mention a solid rebound from Darius Bazley skipping ahead to the G League – with a commitment from 6-foot-9 forward Robert Braswell today.

Braswell picked Syracuse over UMass and Oklahoma State, and recently took a visit to Central New York last week before returning home to South Carolina to defend his state high jump championship. Which he did, by the way, by clearing an outstanding 6 feet, 10 inches. That would have easily been the top jump for Syracuse’s track team at this year’s ACC Championship Meet, by the way.

Braswell adds much-needed depth for the Orange, who have a strong duo of forwards in Oshae Brissett and Marek Dolezaj returning, but virtually nothing behind them. Sure, Elijah Hughes can take some time at small forward, and Bourama Sidibe might be able to play some power forward in a pinch, but adding Braswell was crucial for next season.

The long, lengthy athlete can also knock down the perimeter jumper, and flew under the radar largely because he comes from a military family and spent a lot of his youth abroad, and didn’t play on any of the AAU circuits. The size, athleticism, and natural talent are definitely evident, though, and we could see him blossom into one hell of a late find.

Now, the Orange await the word of Osun Osunniyi, the 6-foot-10 center who decommitted from LaSalle recently, and just wrapped up his official visit to Syracuse this weekend.

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