5 SU basketball recruits to watch in 2018-19

first_img Published on August 28, 2018 at 11:36 pm Contact Anthony: amdabbun@syr.edu CORRECTION: In a previous version of this article, Brycen Goodine’s status with SU was misstated. Goodine has verbally committed. The Daily Orange regrets this error.  Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Wahab also played at Hoop Group Elite Session II in Reading, Pennsylvania, where Boeheim personally watched him play during the July live periods. At Hoop Group, Wahab was named one of the top 20 players at the camp, which featured multiple high and mid-major Division I prospects.Akok Akok is another big that the Orange is recruiting closely in the class of 2019. Akok plays his high school basketball at Putnam Science (Connecticut) Academy and shined this summer playing in the Adidas Gauntlet event with Mass Rivals AAU. Akok is a 6-foot-9 power forward with an even longer wingspan, 7-foot-1. He possesses excellent shot blocking ability and a capable jump shot.Boeheim watched Akok multiple times this summer, including in New York at the Gauntlet event. Syracuse, Texas Tech, Providence, Georgetown and Connecticut are the schools recruiting him the hardest, he told Prep Circuit in July. ESPN ranks him No. 39 on its top 100. Akok’s shot blocking and improving offensive ability could help replace Chukwu. 247Sports has upgraded him to a five-star recruit. UPDATED: Sept. 2, 2018 at 6:50 p.m.Syracuse basketball doesn’t begin its regular season until Nov. 6 against Eastern Washington, but the next three months are critical for the future of the Orange as Jim Boeheim and his staff look to fill out the rest of the 2019 recruiting class.Both Frank Howard and Paschal Chukwu will be seniors on the 2018-19 team, which has 10 players under scholarship, not including Buddy Boeheim, out of an allotted 13. The potential NBA status of junior Tyus Battle and rising sophomore Oshae Brissett remains in question. Should all leave, Syracuse could have to replace four or more players next season.Brycen Goodine, from the Class of 2019, has verbally committed to SU. Goodine is a 6-foot-4, 170-pound guard from St. Andrews (Rhode Island) School. Goodine is a combo guard who will likely help replace the graduating Howard and potentially NBA-bound Battle in the Orange’s backcourt in 2019. Goodine verbally committed in September 2017, prior to his junior season at St. Andrews.He is ranked No. 69 on ESPN’s top 100 list after not being in the top 100 when he first committed. He was named the 2017-18 Gatorade Rhode Island Boys Basketball Player of the Year after his junior season and will be a favorite to win the award again as a senior.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJoe Girard III, a 6-foot-1 guard from Glens Falls (New York) High School, broke the record for the most points in New York state high school history during his junior year — he averaged 50.1 points per game that year. He plans to announce his college choice prior to basketball season.He released his top six schools on June 16: Syracuse, Michigan, Duke, Notre Dame, Boston College and Penn State. Girard has taken two official visits, one to Boston College in August and one to Syracuse in late June.This summer, Girard joined fellow SU recruit Isaiah Stewart in North Augusta, South Carolina to play at Peach Jam. In 22 games with City Rocks, five at Peach Jam, Girard averaged 11 points per game while shooting 36.8 percent from the field and 40-41 (97.6 percent) from the free throw line.Stewart is the No. 4 2019 recruit in the nation, per ESPN. He’s 6-foot-9, 245-pounds with a 7-4 wingspan. Stewart hails from Rochester, but transferred to La Lumiere (Indiana) School for his junior season. This summer, playing for City Rocks, he averaged 18 points per game in 22 EYBL games, while shooting 57 percent from the field.Stewart’s top six include Syracuse, Duke, Washington, Villanova, Michigan State and Indiana. He said during his sophomore season that he has a close relationship with current Washington head coach and former SU assistant Mike Hopkins, per The Democrat and Chronicle, but Duke remains the favorite to land Stewart, according to 247Sports’ projections.Six-foot-10 center Qudus Wahab recently cut his list down to 12 schools. Wahab is from Flint Hill (Virginia) School and has spent the last few weekends touring VCU, Temple and Georgetown. He will visit Syracuse on Sept. 8, per rivals.com. The We R1 big man averaged 8.1 points and 8.1 rebounds per game on the Under Armour circuit.last_img read more

Tiana Mangakahia and Miranda Drummond’s SU careers potentially end with NCAA tournament upset-loss

first_imgIt hasn’t quite settled yet, but Miranda Drummond and Tiana Mangakahia aren’t blind to the reality. The night before Syracuse’s Round of 32 game, Drummond went over to Managkahia’s apartment to watch Miami women’s basketball play.As the same team that solidified Syracuse’s hosting status — the best achievement of Mangakahia’s time as a member of SU, she said — graced the TV in front of them, the pair who’ve so frequently found themselves beneficiaries of each other, looked ahead.It’s been Syracuse’s mantra for the entire tournament, the entire season: “We really need to get this win tomorrow,” they both repeated to each other. That part was blatant to them. But they both wanted to make it to the Final Four. They fantasized about it last season, and this season’s roster appeared to crystalize the possible reality.It happened the same way its happened whenever the Orange had their best performances: Mangakahia would dish the ball to Drummond, Drummond would take the ball in stride and finish. It’s a deadly combination that’s been rarely slowed. An 8-0 run to push the Orange ahead at the start of the fourth quarter showed the partnership at the pinnacle of its performance. A Mangakahia behind-the-back pass found a cutting Drummond. A steal led the break again where Drummond was the first one to jump as Mangakahia tied the game. Those were the plays the two dreamed about and they lived it as a reality.But, instead, Syracuse fell down seven points. Drummond felt something different. Mangakahia grabbed a rebound off the rim, turned and let out a distressed cry to Drummond. She beckoned Drummond up the court. She begged her to do the thing they’ve always done. But when the ball left Drummond’s hands, the play that worked so often, the shot that connected so often, the trajectory of Syracuse’s runs that the play had so often taken, missed.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It’s a sh*tty feeling,” Mangakahia said. “All of us expected a lot more.”No. 3 Syracuse’s (25-9, 11-5 Atlantic Coast) upset loss in the NCAA tournament Round of 32 spurred the end of the partnership of Tiana Mangakahia and Miranda Drummond. If Mangakahia decides to enter the WNBA draft, Monday’s loss would be the end of the Syracuse careers for both. A group that came in with so much promise looked often to the play of each, who combined for 29 points Monday, and a loss to South Dakota State (28-6, 15-1 Summit) represents a crushing end that many with SU don’t believe either deserves.“We just have that connection,” Drummond said of Mangakahia. “I guess it didn’t work today.”Max Freund | Staff PhotographerMangakahia and Drummond both entered their first year at Syracuse as unknowns. The Orange, in attempting to deal with the loss of program legends then-SU career assist leader Alexis Peterson and dynamic-scorer Brittany Sykes, thrust both into the starting lineup. The results boosted Syracuse and kept it steady. Mangakahia set Syracuse’s single-season assist record and did so while feeding Drummond with dump passes on the perimeter and on cuts to the basket.The two became friends and proven leaders on and off the court. Kadiatou Sissoko, who came to Syracuse this year with little shooting skill, shot with Drummond and Mangakahia after practice almost every day. Mangakahia and Drummond hosted get-togethers where teammates ate dinner and watched movies. For Syracuse football games, Drummond opened her Binghamton home to her teammates.Gabrielle Cooper appreciates the “goofiness” the two bring. Her roommate Drummond is so often a “fun spirit.” When Emily Engstler first attended SU classes over the summer, she was in the same class with Mangakahia. She remembered they couldn’t stop laughing over nothing.  The two became great friends and hung out frequently. They spent nights at Mangakahia’s apartment, walked around campus and laughed some more. Before Engstler had her own car, Drummond used to drive her around SU. Before the season, Syracuse players host a preseason tournament among returners. They asked Engstler to join.Engstler followed with a “roller coaster” season, she said. She used to lean on Drummond and Mangakahia when times were tough. Now, they’re gone.“That’s going to really suck,” Engstler said. “That will suck more than missing them on the basketball court.”Mangakahia’s scared, too. Every player experiences change, Cooper said, but for Mangakahia there’s no choice that she can make to avoid it. Her future is uncertain. Losing and falling short of the goal she and Drummond set, the one they envisioned started Monday doesn’t compare to the abrupt way in which it happened. Now, she’s left with a decision to make — a decision which will leave her with a void either way.More coverage Mental lapses sting Syracuse in season-ending loss to South Dakota StateNo. 3 seed Syracuse falls in historic upset, 74-65, to No. 6 seed South Dakota StateDefensive changes, 3-point shooting, and more fast reactions from Syracuse’s 75-64 loss to South Dakota State Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 26, 2019 at 1:25 am Contact Michael: mmcclear@syr.edu | @MikeJMcClearycenter_img She said if she decides it’s best to leave, she would just want to have one last get-together with the team. She’d invite the team over and they’d hang out and play games. She wouldn’t talk about the game, the final foul, the missed shots, her walk off the court, how her Syracuse record-breaking 591st career assist fell in front of the deaf ear of a crowd that was stunned in the home team’s defeat. No, she just wants one more moment with the group. One more goodbye before each of them go their separate ways.Syracuse has experienced change before. Drummond and Mangakahia were the successors of two of the best guards in SU history and came in with little expectation to meet the mark Peterson and Sykes had previously set. But Monday’s loss brings change a little quicker, before it could even settle for Drummond at the end of the game. A final meeting of the team would signify an uncertain future, a future where Syracuse will be without its dynamic duo, and another chance for the team to start anew. Commentslast_img read more