Syracuse, New York-Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said on Thursday that not all high school freshmen’s commitments are as they seem.
Dior Johnson (Dior Johnson) is the best of 22 students, he verbally promised to join Orange in February.
But when Johnson is a 6-foot-3 junior who ranks second in the world’s top ten best players in 2022, Baumheim is not so worried.
Boeheim said Thursday: “Let me explain something about recruitment. We did not appoint anyone in this class. We never let anyone participate in the ̵
After being asked about the loss of Johnson, Boeheim made his own comments at the end of a 45-minute conference call with reporters.
Boiheim said: “We have not lost anyone I am committed to Syracuse. What the players do and what the children do is their own business. They can declare that it is okay.
Update: On Thursday evening, Jim Boeheim called Syracuse.com to clarify the statement during the Zoom call. He said that he was not talking specifically about Johnson.
Baumheim said: “I want to recruit in general, not for a specific player. I’m usually talking about promises.”
NCAA rules prohibit college coaches from discussing unsigned high school players, and Boeheim never mentions Johnson by name. But it is clear who Boheim was talking about in his comments.
Boiheim said: “We always hope that those who are interested in college, when people are thinking about graduating from high school (NBA), their prospects are not ideal.”
Boeheim pointed out that Syracuse is recruiting several players for the 22nd Olympic Games.
Boiheim said: “We always think that there are some very good players in the 22 season, then we will lose some wing players. Boeheim and Allen (Griffin). We definitely need backcourt help.
“We are interested in people in the backcourt. They want to enter here and don’t want to think about the NBA. Actually, the NBA is not more than here. We know that people want to join the NBA, but as long as they want to go to college and commit to The university we want.”
Boeheim pointed out that many Syracuse players have dropped out of school early to enter the NBA draft over the years, but most have devoted themselves to playing college basketball.
He said: “Most of the people we recruit want to go to college and may stay for more than a year. Now, if a player can participate, that’s great. We never thought Tyler Ennis would leave in a year. , But he had a great year and he went. It’s good for him and it’s good for us. It’s not good for us, but it’s really good for him.”
Syracuse is still competing for several highly touted recruits in the ’22 class.
Boeheim said: “Our prediction for 22 years is that we will be involved and will attract some really good players. This is indeed when we need players again.”
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