Last night, word leaked out that Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Mike Hopkins was in Rochester checking out a high school basketball game. Hopkins was checking out Bishop Kearney, and if you’d said this a couple years ago, it would have been obvious that he’d been there to check out either Thomas Bryant or Chino Obokoh. Since neither is there anymore, with Bryant playing prep ball in West Virginia and Obokoh suiting up for the Orange, obviously people were speculating as to who Hop was there to see.
And then, Scout.com’s Mike McAllister tweeted the name of this mystery recruit that was suddenly getting Syracuse interest:
Mike Hopkins in Rochester Blue Cross Arena to see Bishop Kearney's Quinton Rose tonight, a 2016 PG http://t.co/V3TzkZWshT
— Mike McAllister (@McAllisterScout) March 5, 2015
So, who is Quinton Rose? Rose is a 6-foot-5, rail thin guard who is flying well below the radar right now, though he has gotten some interest from high major DI programs. Scout reports that he’s got West Virginia interest, while Rivals lists him as having received offers from Providence and Wake Forest, in addition to Memphis and George Washington.
Syracuse has expressed some interest in the past, though obviously the primary guard target in the class of 2016 has always been Tyus Battle. The other main lead guard that the Orange have expressed interest in include Howard Washington, a 6-foot-2, 4-star point guard from Montverde Academy in Florida, and while Syracuse had previously been intrigued by Jamal Murray, all indications are that he won’t be staying in the class of 2016 and that the mutual interest between the Orange and Murray is not really there anymore.
Kobi Simmons is another player that Orange have expressed interest in, and despite being one of the top rated players in the class of 2016, it appears he’s not a realistic option if we continue our hot pursuit of Battle. So getting back to the topic at hand, who is Quinton Rose?
The super thin guard has the look of a backup plan for the class of 2016, should Battle, Washington, or Simmons fall through. However, that might not be the only reason for the increased interest in the Rochester product. After all, Syracuse has had to go through the entire past season with only one real point guard on the roster, and the lack of depth at the position has been a killer. Jim Boeheim and his staff could be looking at Rose as a realistic option to round out the class, rather than being a fallback plan if Battle or the other point guards choose to go elsewhere. After all, our good friend Dean Francis has indicated in the past that Simmons and Battle are basically mutually exclusive, so Boeheim, Hopkins, and the staff might be looking at Rose as added depth without being a threatening addition to the class that could scare off a guy like Battle.
Donna Ditota from the Syracuse Post-Standard talked a bit about Rose back in August of last year when Syracuse first started poking around, and the comparison, which you can plainly see in the video above but is reiterated here, it to Michael Carter-Williams in terms of body type combined with what appears to be a very strong handle. He’s also got the look of a kid with good athleticism, though obviously he’ll need to add some muscle to be able to compete at the high major level.
Rose may not wind up being much more than a player that Syracuse keeps tabs on from time to time, but keep in mind that he, like Chino Obokoh, is a former teammate of Thomas Bryant. Bryant is still the highest priority to add to next year’s roster, and the possibility of adding another of his friends from Bishop Kearney certainly couldn’t hurt the Orange’s chances of landing the McDonald’s All-America center.