Syracuse landed its second class of 2019 commitment yesterday in the Westtown School big man John Bol Ajak. Ajak’s high motor and athleticism are his best attributes and is utilized well especially on the defensive end. He broke down what Syracuse has planned for him and more with Prep Circuit.
Q: Why did you choose Syracuse?
A: “They have a team that can compete for a national title and Jim Boeheim is a hall of fame coach with a winning reputation. Their vision for me is reasonable, realistic and I think we can compete for a national championship. I think it’s also a place where I can get better as a player and a place I can pursue my dream of playing professionally.”
Q: What stood out to you on your official visit there?
A: “Before I went on the visit I didn’t know that much. I only watched tape on how they use their big guys and things like that. I was blown away when I went on the visit and saw them practice. I love how they utilize their players and develop them. They do a lot of things outside of the box with their big men and I see myself going there improving a lot.”
Q: What has the coaching staff’s message been to you?
A: “They told me if I go to Syracuse I would play, but they can’t guarantee how many minutes or anything like that. They told me I need to work for everything I get, but they are giving me a chance. I’ve always wanted a chance for someone to give me an opportunity to prove myself. They told me about how they plan to improve my game and everything they see for me there.”
Q: What excites you most about the opportunity to play at a program like Syracuse?
A: “It excites me because I see myself playing a big role there and helping them win. They are also in the ACC, which has the best competition in the country and that’s all you want as a player. I want to be put in a position to compete and go against the best.”
Bensley Joseph, a class of 2021 PG from Cushing Academy (MA), has picked up an offer from Richmond.
‘19 Joel Kabimba & ‘20 Ben Li from Middleburg Academy (VA) are both on unofficial visits to LIU-Brooklyn.