Hello on the first edition of the November recruiting roundup and the first day of the college basketball regular season.
Speaking of hoops, Syracuse basketball continues to swing and miss on its 2023 recruits. Bishop Walsh (MD) School four-star combo guard Mike Williams committed to LSU on Sunday afternoon over finalists Clemson, DePaul, Syracuse and Wake Forest. Williams, ranked 202nd in his class according to On3 Sports, had been on the Syracuse campus in mid-September for an official visit.
“I chose LSU because of the family atmosphere, the relationship that I have not only with the assistant but the head coach as well,” Williams told On3 Sports. “We have built a great relationship. I also chose LSU because of the plan they have for me and how much they believe in me.”
He now joins a long list of recruits that the Orange has prioritized and missed on, including Elijah Gertrude, Reid Ducharme, JP Estrella and Drew Fielder.
There’s limited options left in the 2023 class and the only player Syracuse is actively recruiting at the moment is big man William Patterson, who also plays at Bishop Walsh. The 7-2 center is rated three stars by Rivals, and is currently being pursued by Oklahoma State and TCU. SU offered him on Oct. 17, but there’s no timeline set for visits or a decision yet.
Other uncommitted players that Syracuse has shown interest in the past, but are not reported to be actively pursuing at the moment are three-star wing Spencer Mahoney from St. Benedict’s (NJ) Prep and three-star combo guard Bryce Lindsay from IMG Academy (Fla.). It seems like if Syracuse wants to bolster its roster in the offseason, it will likely be looking to the transfer portal.
Otherwise, SU appears focused on the 2024 class, with Thomas Sorber, Damarius Owens and Elijah Moore all having taken official visits to Syracuse recently.