Incase anyone has missed SU's 2 newest commitments. A pair of teammates from Niagara Falls have announced their intentions to play basketball at Syracuse University.
Paul Harris- Has steadily rised up the rankings since his sophomore year and is currently ranked anywhere from 10-16 on websites such as rivals.com, insiders.com, and hoopscoop.com. When these ranking are updated Paul is sure to rise up the charts as he has been tearing up the AAU and all-star circuit this summer. Paul ranked out as the best shooting guard, 2nd best player in the class of 2006, and 4th best overall at the prestrigious ABCD camp ran by Reebok a couple weeks ago. Among those ranked ahead of him were OJ Mayo, the kid who many regard as the next Lebron James. By the way Paul held OJ to 2 points on 1-11 shooting in his head to head matchup (OJ lists Syracuse as one of his favorites). Another is Greg Oden, the camps number 1 player and sure number one NBA draft pick if not for the rule change. Paul led the camp in scoring and scored 34 points in the all star game. At 6'5 225 pouns, Harris is a beast with tremendous athleticism. Offensively, if he has a weakness it is his outside shot but it has steadily improved over the years and is very promising (over 40%from 3 at Niagara Falls last year). He plays above the rim and takes it to the basket with ease. Has a point guards handle and incredible court vision. Defensively he is a stud, a shut down defender that many experts call the most intimidating player in highschool basketball. He also averaged over 12 boards a game at Niagara Falls and routinely grabs boards over guys 4-5 inches taller than him. The thing about Harris is that he is so talented yet is the ultimate team player. I have seen him play in person a few times, trust me he is a stud. He will attend a prep school next year and is waiting to hear whether he will be considered a 4th year highscool senior or a 5th year player. If he is a 5th year player he will have the opttion of going to the NBA after a year of prepping. However, he insists that he will spend atleast a year at SU.
Johnny Flynn, Harris' teammate at Niagara Falls will be a junior in highschool this year. Playing in Harris' (and recent UCONN signee, Robert Garrison's) shadow Flynn averaged around 12 ppg as a sophomore for the 3rd ranked team in the country. He is currently ranked as a 3 star (out of 5) on expert recruiting sites. This ranking will change now that he is in the spotlight at national power Niagara Falls. Flynn has always said that Syracuse was his dream school and was also being looked at by Virginia, Georgia, Georgia Tech, and a few others as a sophomore. When Syracuse offered Johhny at the ABCD camp he immediately accepted. Flynn in 5'11, very quick, has a good handle and is an excellent passer. He has a soft jumpshot and good range but tends to fade away from the basket. I expect this to change over the couple years at Niagara Falls. He is the main guy next year so it will be interesting to see how well he handles the pressure. Overall Johnny is a very good prospect with plenty of potential. Also he is very good friends with Harris and will not arrive at SU until after Harris' freshman year, increasing the chances that Paul will hang around for his sophomore year.
Both players played in Vegas this weekend and are setting up a press conference at their highschool within the next week to officially commit to SU.