Syracuse Recruiting Roundup: JJ Starling, DJ Wagner, Donnie Freeman

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Syracuse Orange head coach Jim Boeheim looks on from the sidelines. Mandatory Credit: Saugat Sen, The Juice Online.

It was a big weekend for Syracuse basketball as it hosted several prospects at SU’s Elite Camp. It resulted in several offers handed out in the classes of 2023 and 2024, and a key official visit from a class of 2022 big man.

That big man is Northfield (Mass.) Mount Hermon’s Peter Carey according to Sports Illustrated’s Mike McAllister. He picked up an offer from the Orange in July, and also holds a high-major offer from Rutgers. Other mid-major schools in pursuit of Carey include Albany, Bryant, Iona and UMass. He’s unranked at the moment.

Syracuse also hosted a swath of rising sophomores and juniors, and offered several of them according to’s Mike Waters. That included an offer to the No. 1 prospect of the class of 2023, DJ Wagner. The Camden (NJ) High point guard also holds offers from Temple and Villanova, and has drawn interest from Kentucky.

Wagner, son of former NBA guard Dajuan Wagner, was 2021’s NJ Gatorade Player of the Year after he averaged 22.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.0 steals per game.

Staying in the class of 2023, Syracuse offered 6-foot-10 South Kent (Conn.) forward Papa Kante, 6-6 wing Reid Ducharme from Brewster (N.H.) Academy, and 6-8 wing Joseph Estrella from South Portland (Maine) High.

The Orange also offered Donnie Freeman, a class of 2024 forward from St. John’s (Washington, D.C.) High, according to his Twitter. The 6-9 forward also holds offers from Maryland and Old Dominion. caught up with Freeman after the offer, and he said he “loved” Syracuse growing up, and was ‘excited’ by the offer.

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To close out recruiting in the basketball world, 2022 guard JJ Starling will be visiting the Orange from Sept. 10-12, according to Pro Insight’s Andrew Slater. Starling, a Syracuse native, also has visits lined up with Notre Dame (Sept. 3-5), Northwestern (Sept. 17-19) and Duke (Sept. 24-26). The Baldwinsville native is ranked 35 in his class according to 247 and holds a four-star rating.

Switching over to football for a recruiting note, the Orange will get an official visit from 2022 wide receiver Mehki Wall, according to 247 Sports’ Brian Dohn. The Greensboro (NC) Dudley prospect is rated three stars by 247 Sports and is being pursued by Duke, Louisville, NC State, North Carolina, Rutgers, Wake Forest and Virginia, among others.

He will be on the SU campus on Sept. 11 for Syracuse’s home opener against Rutgers.

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