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Syracuse basketball is recruiting a 4 star Big Man, an ideal NIL candidate, hard

Consensus four-star Donnie Freeman of Washington, D.C., one of the top power forwards in the class of 2024, released a top 5 in late November that did not include Syracuse basketball.

However, about a month later, he announced via Twitter that his recruitment remained open despite listing the top 5 Big Ten Conference members Rutgers, Maryland and Iowa, LSU of the Southeastern Conference and Texas of the Big 12 Conference.

I have to admit I was disappointed when the 6ft 9 Freeman didn’t include the Orange in their top 5. He was the first 2024 prospect to receive a scholarship offer from ‘Cuse in August 2021 during the team’s annual Elite Camp.

However, it seems Syracuse basketball could be back in the mix for Freeman. He told SyracuseOnSI editor Mike McAllister in a recent story that Orange’s coaching staff had been “aggressive” in recruiting him. These are wonderful news.

Syracuse basketball has resumed recruiting big four-star man Donnie Freeman.

The SyracuseOnSI article said Freeman and the ‘Cuse coaching staff are discussing a potential official visit that the talented 2024 player could bring to the mound sometime next month.

“Excited about what the future holds and what they have in store,” Freeman told McAllister.

Freeman has had a strong 2022-23 season so far as a junior at St. John’s College High School in DC, proving to be one of the best rosters in the country this term.

At the AAU circuit, Freeman adapts for Washington-based team Takeover in Nike’s EYBL league, a program Syracuse basketball coaches are familiar with.

Numerous recruiting services rank Freeman as one of the top 40 national candidates and one of the top 6 power forwards in the class of 2024.

During his recruitment process, Freeman has received scholarship offers from high-profile cadres including LSU, Kansas State, Pittsburgh, Iowa, Texas, Rutgers, Marquette, Bryant, Ole Miss, VCU, Norfolk State, Alabama, Maryland, Georgetown, Virginia Tech, Xavier, and George Mason Old Dominion.

Getting Freeman to make an official visit to the ‘Cuse campus would be a really positive development for the Orange’s chances with him.

I also think Freeman could be an ideal candidate for name, image, and likeness opportunities for businessman, philanthropist, and top SU booster Adam Weitsman.

As we’ve reported multiple times recently, Weitsman has made significant NIL offers to several high school prospects in recent weeks, although those offers have been more focused on point guards, combo guards, and wings/small forwards.

Freeman is a great big man who mostly plays the power forward spot. I hope Weitsman and Freeman get together to discuss NIL in the future.

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