Syracuse basketball got one step closer to landing prized point guard recruit Jalen Carey on Sunday night, as the dynamic New Jersey native put out his top six, with the Orange firmly in the mix.

Carey, the 6-foot-3 playmaker who may also be one of the most prolific scorers at the guard position in the 2018 class, also named Kansas, UConn, Miami, Villanova, and Rutgers to his top six. Interestingly, Rutgers just recently landed two guard commitments, including top 100 recruit Montez Mathis, making their inclusion somewhat surprising.

Carey has long been the top priority for the Orange in the class of 2018, alongside the already-committed Darius Bazley (who has risen into the top 25-30 range in most top 100 lists thanks to his recent stellar play). Putting aside Kansas for a moment, it’s hard not to notice that Carey’s top six has a decidedly old school Big East flavor to it, which, along with the fact that Arizona didn’t make the cut, would seem to indicate he’s leaning toward staying on the East Coast.

Of course that’s pure speculation, and it’s tough to get a real sense about who is truly standing out among Carey’s top schools. Still, the Orange are in an excellent position for a player who can get to the rim and finish, and also light it up from the perimeter. He’d be a huge pickup for Syracuse.

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