We haven’t been shy about looking into the future for potential Syracuse Orange basketball recruits, and it looks like in the next few years, the Orange staff won’t have to go very far to find high level talent at the point guard position. We’ve talked a lot about Malik Zachery here in the past, but he’s not the only outstanding young talent at the lead guard position in the Syracuse area. Mika Adams-Woods, a point guard in the class of 2018, is another name that appears to be on the verge of blowing up on the national scene.
The 6-foot playmaker made a name for himself as the starting point guard for Bishop Ludden this season, averaging 16.0 points-per-game as a freshman while leading the Gaelic Knights to the Section III Class AA title game against Henniger, where they fell to the Black Knights 59-51 despite 15 from Adams-Woods.
Obviously, it’s early to start talking about the strengths and weaknesses in the freshman’s game, since he’s still developing physically and some of those weaknesses are literal, and will take care of themselves as he continues to grow and gain strength. His jump shot, for example, looks pretty smooth when he’s spotting up, but appears to be a little bit more of a heave on long range attempts when he goes off the dribble. Again, this is something that will ultimately take care of itself as he matures physically.
As it stands now, he’s a solid shooter, having hit 26 three pointers on the year, including four against Zachery’s Nottingham squad in a matchup of the two best young guards in Central New York. Adams-Woods went off for a career high 27 in that Section III semifinal matchup.
What is abundantly clear in watching Adams-Woods is that he’s already got an outstanding handle, and his court vision is well beyond most of his peers. From a physical standpoint, Adams-Woods is long limbed, indicating he may still have a few inches of growth, which will no doubt make him a more appealing prospect for high major Division I programs like Syracuse, and he’s got plenty of speed and quickness.
Like Zachery, Adams-Woods trains under the watchful eye of former Syracuse point guard Billy Edelin, and in fact the two outstanding young point guards both play for Edelin’s AAU program, the Gym Ratz.
With Adams-Woods and Zachery duking it out for the title of CNY’s best point guard, basketball fans will be treated to plenty of excitement over the next couple years. Zachery should start hearing from some major programs beginning in June, now that he’s heading into his junior season at Nottingham, and Adams-Woods will be following suit next summer. One thing is for sure: if you have a chance to see Nottingham and Bishop Ludden square off next season, get your ticket early, and bring plenty of popcorn. This looks like it has the makings of a terrific, friendly rivalry between two of the best basketball talents in CNY.