Syracuse basketball recruiting: Looking to pursue next big man

Syracuse Basketball is now in the top three in recruiting for 7-foot-2, 220 pound, big man William Patterson.

He hails from Brooklyn, New York, and currently plays for the Patrick School in Hillside, New Jersey, after transferring from the Bishop Walsh School in Cumberland, Maryland.

Top offers and interests

Patterson said he is seeking to make his college choice very soon, while the Orange are still in the running. Beside Syracuse, the underrated athlete has offers from Oklahoma State, Rutgers and TCU. He also has interest from Cincinnati and UCLA.

It was in late August at the Orange’s Annual Elite Camp that Patterson picked up his scholarship offer.

Patterson is a serious player for Syracuse

In October, Patterson expressed to 247Sports that his top three choices are the Orange, Oklahoma State and TCU.

On Jan. 2, a new article from London was published and Patterson stated that he heard from Syracuse, TCU, Howard, Oklahoma State and Rutgers the most.

“I would say I’m getting close to a decision,” Patterson said to 247Sports. “We are midway through the season and I’m feeling pretty good. My recruitment is slowly coming to a close and I’m looking at committing in April. Throughout, it’s really been the same schools recruiting me hard as before.”

Syracuse has presented more than 20 scholarships to players in the class of 2023, and it is still waiting for its first pledge of the season.

“That relationship is going really well,” Patterson said about the Syracuse coaching staff. “Coach (Allen) Griffin asked about me a week ago. He saw me play at Manasquan and we’re still in contact.”

Why does Syracuse’s 2023 class not have a commitment?

Syracuse has yet to bring in a commitment for the class of 2023. Normally, this would cause a state of panic, but let’s be real here ‘Cuse fans. We can get excited when we see Syracuse offer these five star recruits, but the reality is we’re not going to land all of them. And frankly, we don’t have to. Why? Because Patterson could be just as good as the five stars we missed out on.

He still is being offered by other Power 5 schools, he just happens to be unranked. And folks, he’s 7-foot-2, he would be a monster for the zone and Syracuse is known for their seven-foot centers for the 2-3 zone. Plus, he would most likely start at center as a freshman should Jesse Edwards decide to not stick around for his graduate year.

Other Possibilities

Don’t forget about the greatest creation ever made to college sports, “The Transfer Portal”. There will be plenty of guys we could grab there too in the offseason, or we could recruit more JUCO’s also. Nonetheless, brining in a guy like Patterson automatically brings size and toughness to our recruiting class.

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