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In a couple of weeks, the Nike EYBL circuit will be heading to Dallas, with a number of Syracuse targets expected to participate in the weekend’s festivities. Last year, I was fortunate enough to be able to head down to the same event, wherein I watched players like Brycen Goodine, Joe Girard, Jon Bol Ajak, Isaiah Stewart, and Khalil Whitney while all were still Syracuse targets.

This year, I plan on heading back down to the event to watch more of Syracuse’s targets, including some of the younger guys from last year’s session that I was able to check out, as well, including Addison Patterson and Andre Jackson. I wrote last year about how much I love Patterson’s game, but the prevailing winds seem to indicate he’s not a particularly realistic target for the Orange moving forward. Jackson didn’t play much last year for the City Rocks, but has a central role with the squad this year.

Among the other players I plan on checking out are Woody Newton, who runs with Team Takeover; Noah Collier, a member of Team Final; and Jamari Sibley, who is on the Phenom University roster. All are typical Syracuse forward recruits: long, lanky, and athletic, and it will be interesting to see which — if any — of the three Syracuse winds up with.

If you have anyone in mind you’d like me to check out, of course, hit me up on Twitter (@ottosgrove) to make a request, and if I get the chance, I’ll take a look … assuming it’s someone I think we have a realistic chance at landing. I mean, I might check them out anyway, just out of curiosity or if they happen to be playing against a clear Syracuse target.

Last year was a ton of fun, so here’s hoping this year will be more of the same.

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Jeff is a 2003 graduate of Syracuse University, and has been published on various websites including Cracked.com, Spike.com, TheSportster.com, Gunaxin.com, and TopTenz.net, among others. His work was featured in the New York Times bestselling book You Might Be a Zombie and Other Bad News. He's got a wife, and a toddler he's brainwashing to love Syracuse. Jeff's a pretty great guy, overall, and would never steal your car. Follow him on Twitter: @jekelish