Syracuse basketball is one of many big clubs that have offered or shown interest in the big man of 2024, Caleb Middleton.
We will of course continue to monitor whether Orange’s coaches end up offering a purse to the 6-foot-10 forward / center. Personally, I would love to see the ‘Cuse officially enter the recruiting mix for Middleton, who some analysts say is set to enter the national rankings in the 2024 cycle at some point as early as possible.
Last season, Middleton adapted for New Hampton School in New Hampton, NH, but he is competing in his sophomore year for Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Ohio.
His recruiting grew nationally as Middleton played at a high level on the grassroots basketball circuit over the summer with the Boston Amateur Basketball Club, which is a top tier team of the AAU.
Syracuse basketball coaches have shown interest in big man Caleb Middleton.
At this point, Middleton says he hears the most from Iowa, a member of the Big Ten Conference, according to a recent article by Rivals.com national analyst Jamie Shaw.
Middleton visited the Hawkeyes, a team that develops big men quite well. By the way, Iowa recently offered Syracuse a basketball recruiting target in the 2023 class, 6-foot-10 forward Joseph Estrella of South Portland High School in South Portland, Maine.
Middleton told Shaw that other schools he hears about regularly, but has not yet proposed to him, include basketball from Syracuse, Clemson, West Virginia, State of Iowa and Indiana.
Interestingly, Middleton said in the Rivals.com article that he enjoys “big environments and good fanbases.” Well, from a crowd perspective, you can’t get past over 35,000 screaming fans inside the Carrier Dome.
Middleton’s versatility allows him to stretch the floor, “but I can also type inside,” he said. “I block a lot of shots and just like to play hard.”
Shaw says that perspective 2024 moves well for a player of his height and length. Middleton is agile and has excellent timing that allows him to block shots with skill. “He’s a capable shooter,” according to the Rivals.com analyst.
Shaw added, âSize, mobility and skill are a nice combination, especially for a sophomore in high school. As we expand our ranking in the 2024 class, Middleton’s name will be discussed. “