Syracuse basketball offers an intriguing big man who soared during the live period

According to Recruiting Services, Syracuse basketball coaches have offered scholarships to nearly 20 high school players in the Class of 2023.

While several Orange recruits in this cycle seemed to have emerged as priority targets in 2023, at least in my humble opinion, ‘Cuse’s coaching staff continues to dish out offers to prospects in this class.

Over the past few days, Syracuse basketball coaches have offered two additional 2023 players who have been doing quite well lately on the AAU circuit during NCAA live periods where college coaches, recruiting analysts, scouts and others could watch them compete in person.

One of those Orange offers was released in 2023 three stars Kaden Coopera 6-foot-6 guard/small forward who attends The Skill Factory in Atlanta and plays for the Oklahoma-based Trae Young team in the Adidas league on the grassroots basketball circuit.

The second offer given by the ‘Cuse went to 6-foot-10 Tafara Gapare, a 2023 striker from Wellington, New Zealand.

Gapare graduated from South Kent School in South Kent, Connecticut and competes in the AAU for the Baltimore-based Melo team in Nike’s EYBL league.

Let’s take a closer look at Syracuse’s newest basketball signing, Tafara Gapare.

A tweet from South Kent School head coach Raphael Chillious says that Orange was one of the teams that looked at the players of this preparation team during gym availability which opened last week at South Kent School.

Last weekend, according to a tweet from national analyst Travis GrafSyracuse basketball was among those who checked on Team Melo during the live period when EYBL competitions were held in the Indianapolis area.

In a recent tweet, scout Ari Rosenfeld said Gapare proved to be “one of the biggest winners of the April recruiting rounds”. Although Gapare is not currently ranked nationally by major recruitment services, I could imagine that changing at some point in the near future.

According to a recent post by SyracuseOnSI Fabulous Editor Mike McAllister, Gapare was originally in the 2022 class, then he reclassified in 2023, and he may have the option to reclassify in the 2022 cycle if he wishes.

Under his bio on the 247Sports website, it appears that at one point Gapare got involved with George Washington, but he opted out of the Colonials in November 2021, according to 247Sports.

Besides Orange, its other offerings to date include Rutgers, Maryland, Arizona State, DePaul, Pittsburgh, Missouri, Virginia Tech, and Xavier, per Recruitment Services and Gapare’s own Twitter page.

As I said recently, Syracuse basketball coaches do a really good job of identifying under-the-radar prospects who end up seeing their recruiting skyrocket, and that could absolutely be the case with Gapare.

We will follow his recruitment process closely in the future.

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