Syracuse landed one of the best perimeter shooters in the class of 2019 on Sunday night, as Glens Falls native and Albany City Rocks guard Joseph Girard decided to stay home and play for the Orange. Girard is the third commit in the class for Syracuse.
Girard is a 6-foot-1 combo guard who will — rightfully — remind a lot of fans of Gerry McNamara. Same size, same kind of game, same long distance prowess. Girard averaged 50 points-per-game last year on his way to becoming New York’s all-time leading scorer. He’s also got toughness and swagger from his time spent on the football field, where he’s the starting QB for Glens Falls and attracted offers from Tulane and UMass.
I got a chance to see Girard play at EYBL Dallas a few months ago, and it’s clear that he’s an exceptional shooter, though his true position is a little bit up in the air. At times, he struggled a bit against quicker, more aggressive guards, and it’s clear that his legendary scoring for Glens Falls is in large part due to just being that much better than the competition. But Girard can fill it up, there’s no question about it, and is a terrific addition for the Orange.
Girard joins Brycen Goodine and John Bol Ajak as Syracuse’s 2019 commits, with the Orange still eyeing at least two more players to add to the mix. Among the players Syracuse is still hoping to land are Isaiah Stewart, Akok Akok, and Quincy Guerrier. Stewart has felt like a bit of a pipe dream despite being a Rochester native, but given he’ll now have two City Rocks teammates on the Syracuse roster in not just Girard, but also Buddy Boeheim, certainly can’t hurt the chances for the Orange. Stewart just visited Syracuse officially this weekend, by the way.
Girard picked Syracuse over Duke, Michigan, Notre Dame, Boston College, and Penn State (with Boston College most likely the runner-up for his services).