Recruiting Roundup: Girard commits to Syracuse; Stewart takes official visit

Jim Boeheim
Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim coaches from the sidelines. Mandatory Photo Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports.

Watch out for Aidan Tooker after a great NCAA Pre-Nationals race. On to today’s recruiting links…

2019 Glens Falls (NY) guard Joe Girard III committed to Syracuse on Sunday night, picking the Orange over finalists Boston College, Duke, Michigan, Notre Dame and Penn State. Girard is listed as a three-star recruit by 247 Sports and is ranked 196th in his class. “What it came down to was being most comfortable with coach (Jim) Boeheim and coach Gerry McNamara and the rest of the staff and the players,” Girard told’s Mike Waters.

Girard was a teammate of fellow 2019 recruit Isaiah Stewart with the Albany City Rocks. Stewart has gone on to become a top 5 recruit in his class, and has been pursued by a variety of different schools that include Kentucky, Washington, Duke and Michigan State. After Girard committed to Syracuse, he tweeted at Stewart, telling Stewart to not “keep me waiting.” The timing couldn’t be better, as Stewart took an official visit to Syracuse over the weekend a couple of weeks after a visit to Kentucky went very poorly.

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Shortly after hosting Stewart on Saturday, Boeheim was on the road on Sunday to visit 2019 four-star wing Quincy Guerrier according to Stock Risers’ Jake Weingarten. Guerrier recently listed a top three that includes Syracuse, Illinois and Oregon. He expects to make a decision before the end of the month.

Syracuse also continues to pursue four-star power prospect Akok Akok. The Putnam Science Academy (CT) power forward took an official to UConn over the weekend, and told Adam Zagoria from that “The visit went great.” He will take his official visit to Syracuse on Oct. 20, which happens to be the same weekend that commit Brycen Goodine will be on campus.

Akok was at UConn at the same time as another 2019 big man, Qudus Wahab. Wahab also recapped his visit with Zagoria, telling him that Huskies coach Dan Hurley said that Wahab could “have an impact right away.” Wahab has a busy few weeks ahead, as he visits Virginia Tech (Oct. 19-21), Georgetown (Oct. 26-28), Pittsburgh (Nov. 2-4) and Syracuse (Nov. 9-11).

That’s all for today. Have a great start to your week!

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