Zagoria: Syracuse basketball’s 2022 recruiting class a ‘home run’

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Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim speaks at 2021 ACC Tipoff.

Earlier in October, Syracuse received a commitment from four-star wing Chris Bunch, closing out its 2022 class. We caught up with recruiting guru and ZagsBlog.com’s Adam Zagoria to get his take on Syracuse’s incoming class in the latest edition of The Juice on the Cuse Podcast, presented by SNY.tv.

Bunch joined point guard Quadir Copeland, wing Justin Taylor, and big men Maliq Brown and Peter Carey in a five person class that Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim has called one of his best ever.

“I’m very high on this class,” Zagoria said. “I know that Jim Boeheim said that this is his best class ever, his most complete class, and I think I agree with him.”

Part of the reason why is because five players fit Syracuse’s zone. Each has a different skill set, but all are highly athletic, rangy players who all have changes to become major contributors.

The class really is only missing one thing.

“There’s no Carmelo Anthony in it, no one superstar,” Zagoria said. “But you bring in five guys at five different positions. They’re all long, athletic, they seem perfect for the zone. I think he hit a home run with this class.”

Zagoria was particularly high on Copeland. Though Copeland is not ranked as high (three stars, 148th overall) compared to Taylor and Bunch, he may have the highest ceiling.

“Copeland has some pro potential,” Zagoria said. “Any time you’re a 6-6 point guard, I think that’s perfect for today’s game.”

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Zagoria breaks down each recruit with me, and also sounds off on Buddy Boeheim’s NBA potential, how long Jim Boeheim is going to coach at SU (including what he’s telling recruits), and his thoughts on whether Syracuse is in for another season on the NCAA bubble.

He also checked in on Seton Hall’s practices earlier this week and breaks down what he’s seen from former Syracuse point guard Kadary Richmond.

Afterward, TJO senior columnist Jim Stechschulte talks about the results of his analysis of over 200 Syracuse games, and the numbers SU needs to hit to become an NCAA Tournament team.

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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 worked for the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) 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. Follow him on Twitter @ChengWes.