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5 star center with ‘cuse offer has top 3 to decide

Five-star player Yves Missi, one of the top centers in the 2024 recruiting cycle, who received a scholarship from Syracuse basketball about a year ago, has just three finalists left and plans to have his college decision in the coming ones, according to a media outlet days to announce report.

The 6-foot-11 Missii, who qualifies for one of the top high school teams in the country in the 2022-23 season, will choose between 2021 national champions Baylor, Texas and Stanford, according to an article by national On3 analyst Joe tipton.

Tipton notes that Missi plans to deliver his commitment letter on Wednesday, January 4th. It’s a shame Missi’s orange is no longer in the running, but I’m not the least bit surprised.

From time to time, early in his recruiting, I saw reports of Missi mentioning Syracuse basketball, but more recently, the ‘Cuse has not been discussed as a significant contender for that tall elite man in the junior division.

Syracuse basketball is out of contention for five-star center Yves Missi.

Last December, the Orange coaching staff offered Missi before his recruitment exploded. He was a standout player on the youngest AAU circuit when he represented the PSA Cardinals of Bronx, NY in Nike’s EYBL league.

By mid-June, when college coaches were able to begin reaching out directly to high school prospects for 2024, Missi began to see his bid list grow rapidly.

According to recruiting services, reports and Missi’s own Twitter page, beyond Syracuse basketball, his bids have included Alabama, Texas, Seton Hall, Kansas, Baylor, LSU, Stanford, Georgia Tech, Georgetown, UConn, Ohio State, Michigan, Indiana, Virginia Tech , Harvard, UCLA, St. John’s, Rutgers, DePaul, Norfolk State and USC Upstate.

In the current 2022-23 stanza, Missi adapts for powerhouse Prolific Prep in Napa Valley, California, a team that looks set to seriously contend for a spot at next spring’s GEICO Nationals.

When writing this column, I counted at least five predictions in Baylor’s direction for Missi between the 247Sports website and

If he ends up picking the Bears, that would certainly make a fabulous future college home for Missi, as Baylor cut the nets in 2021 and has been one of the best squads in the country in recent years, led by a terrific head coach. Scott Drew.

Several of the primary recruitment services rate Missi five stars and in the top 20 overall, top two middle, and top three in California in the 2024 cycle.

Currently, On3 is most optimistic about him, ranking Missi as a five star, #6 in the country, #2 in the center and #1 in California.

As we’ve detailed in many columns over the past few months, Syracuse’s basketball coaches have offered a wide variety of four-star and five-star players in the junior league, although the Orange are still looking for their first engagement of the cycle.

A few days ago, longtime ‘Cuse recruiting target Elliot Cadeau announced his verbal acceptance to North Carolina after having Syracuse basketball in his top 6.

The 6-foot-1 Cadeau, a five-star point guard who attends Juggernaut Link Academy in Branson, Missouri, was offered by Orange in November 2021.

Businessman and top SU booster Adam Weitsman had offered Cadeau a three-year, seven-figure name, image and likeness deal, we reported in a story last Monday.

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