Syracuse Recruiting Roundup: Maliq Brown, JJ Starling, Kwame Evans Jr.

Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim speaks at 2021 ACC Tipoff.

In recruiting, as in life, sometimes you win some, and sometimes you lose some. That was the case this week for Jim Boeheim and his staff.

Maliq Brown committed to Syracuse on Saturday. The 6-foot-9 forward is a rated a 3-star recruit by both 247Sports and Rivals.

Brown is the fourth member of the Class of 2022 to commit to the Orange. He joins fellow Virginia native Justin Taylor, Quadir Copeland, and Peter Carey. Taylor and Copeland are now teammates as they both transferred to IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL.

Syracuse has put together a solid class so far.

Brown projects as a power forward who’s ideally suited for the 2-3 zone. Taylor is a scoring wing who, at 6-foot-6, should wreak havoc at the top of the zone while providing perimeter shooting. Copeland, who also stands at 6-foot-6, projects as a point guard.

Carey is a 6-foot-11, 190-pound center out of Northfield, MA. He’ll need to put on some muscle to handle the rigors of life in the ACC, but with his size, reach, and aggressive nature on the backboards, he seems capable of anchoring the back line of the zone.

One player who won’t be joining lacing up orange high-tops is JJ Starling.

Starling committed to Mike Brey and Notre Dame last week.

The Orange invested a lot of time with the former Baldwinsville native. Once Starling transferred to La Lumiere School in Indiana – more or less Notre Dame’s backyard – that might’ve given Brey the inside track.

Syracuse isn’t focused solely on the Class of 2022 though.

Adrian Autry recently watched Class of 2023 5-star recruit Kwame Evans, Jr. Evans is a 6-foot-9 , 200-pound power forward who plays at Montverde Academy in Montverde, FL. Syracuse offered him a scholarship shortly after.

He’s the second-ranked player in the nation according to 247Sports. Maryland is the only school listed as “warm” on his player profile.

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Moving to the gridiron, Syracuse recently offered a couple of players from the Class of 2022 who are committed to other schools and happen to be high school teammates.

Aidan Vaughan is a 6-foot-4, 220-pound linebacker from Walled Lake, MI. Vaughan is currently committed to the Air Force Academy. Vaughan has recently received offers Louisville, West Virginia, and Maryland as well as the Orange. This is a development worth watching.

Koen Entringer is a teammate of Vaughan’s. His 247Sports profile lists him as a wide receiver, however, Syracuse has offered him as a defensive back.

Entringer is currently committed to Central Michigan but Syracuse is listed as “cool” on his profile.

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