The Syracuse Orange basketball team may not even be done with the 2015 recruiting class, and we’re still not entirely sure what’s going to happen with 2016 beyond Matthew Moyer and potentially Tyus Battle, but that won’t stop us from looking ahead to 2017 and 2018 for a couple more potential recruits that the Orange may wind up targeting. ESPN Boston released its All-State teams, and there are two names that Syracuse fans may want to keep an eye on down on the third team: Marcus Zegarowski and Chris Doherty.
Now, keep in mind: as of right now, Syracuse does not appear to be actively pursuing these very young, very talented players. But there are ample reasons to believe that the Orange could get involved down the line. As far as Zegarowski goes, well, we’ve already talked about him a bit in the past, but just as a refresher, one of the biggest reasons that Syracuse would seem to potentially have an inside track would be the fact that he’s the younger brother of Michael Carter-Williams.
Zegarowski is a 6-foot-1 point guard prospect, which may actually hinder whether or not Syracuse gets involved considering the top recruit on the board for the Orange in 2017 appears to be fellow point guard Trevon Duval. Still, Zegarowski could still be an option for Syracuse, especially after torching the Massachusetts high school scene to the tune of 20.6 points per game.
The other name to keep an eye on is Chris Doherty, a 6-foot-6 forward in the class of 2018. It’s still extremely early for Syracuse to be involved with Doherty, but there’s little doubt they are at least aware of the Marlborough, Massachusetts native. Despite being just a freshman, Doherty posted the frankly ridiculous averages of 16.3 points and 13.2 rebounds per game, and in the state playoffs, pushed those averages up to 22.8 points and 14.3 rebounds per game at one of the highest levels of competition in the state.
It remains to be seen whether or not Syracuse will wind up pursuing either Zegarowski (or his brother, Max) or Doherty, but they are absolutely players to keep tabs on moving forward. Syracuse has been recruiting New England pretty hard over the past few years, and these are two outstanding young talents who may wind up on the Orange’s radar sooner rather than later.