Jamal Murray likely to stay in 2016 class, Syracuse still in ‘mixture’ — Cuse Clicks

When Syracuse opens up next season, Jim Boeheim will find himself coaching against his son Jimmy and his Cornell teammates

Rivals five-star point guard Jamal Murray, out of Kitchener, Ontario, has been contemplating a reclassification from the class of 2016 to 2015 in order to play college basketball next season. However, the 6-foot-5, 180-pound floor general said Tuesday evening that he was “90 percent” sure that he would remain in 2016, which will make him one of the most coveted players from Canada next season. “I like Michigan State… always make a run and have one of the best in the business: Tom Izzo,” he said. “Syracuse is in the mixture still as well.”

» Jamal Murray, 5-star guard and Oregon Ducks target, ’90 percent’ sure he’ll stay in class of 2016

In the span of just over a month, Albert Okwuegbunam has gone from zero offers to 14, as schools would love to add his 6-foot-6, 220-pound frame and pass catching skills as a tight end.  “I’m visiting Iowa on Wednesday, Iowa State Thursday and Minnesota on Saturday,” he reported. All three have offered along with Syracuse, Cincinnati, Toledo, Miami (Ohio), Western Michigan and others.

» 2016 tight end Albert Okwuegbunam taking trips this week

Tre Harbison has narrowed his list to five schools. Pittsburgh, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Virginia and Wake Forest are still in contention for the Crest standout. His last stop was South Carolina. ”I went down there for a junior day a few weeks ago,” said the 5-foot-11, 210-pound Harbison.

» Tre Harbison is down to five schools

When Thomas Lopez left campus following his most recent visit to Rutgers in January, he appeared on the cusp of a Rutgers offer. Although that offer has yet to come, the Middletown (N.J.) South junior has remained in contact with Rutgers defensive coordinator Joe Rossi, and has been invited back to campus, this week. N.C. State, Pitt, Maryland, Virginia Tech and Syracuse — a school he visited this past weekend — have also taken notice following his productive effort his junior year.

» Middletown South offensive tackle Thomas Lopez to visit Rutgers

Fred Hansard, the top-ranked sophomore in the NJ.com Top 50, has Rutgers on top following Monday’s visit to the school. Hansard, who was just on campus last month for unofficial visitors weekend, returned to campus, accompanied by Hun (Princeton, N.J.) head coach Todd Smith and teammate Kyle Horihan, a linebacker also being recruited by the Scarlet Knights. Hansard, who currently holds offers from Rutgers, Syracuse and Temple, is the cousin of Keith Price, who started at cornerback for Rutgers in the early nineties.

» Fred Hansard, N.J.’s top class of 2017 prospect: ‘Rutgers is the favorite right now’

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Wes has worked for Rivals.com covering the New York Knicks, as well as for Scout.com covering Syracuse athletics. Wes has also been a contributing writer for the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), for SportsNet New York (SNY) as a news desk writer covering all of New York professional sports, and reported on the NBA and MLB for the New York Sportscene. A native of Long Island, New York, Wes graduated from Syracuse University in 2005 with a degree in journalism. Contact him at wes[at]sujuiceonline.com.