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Monday / April 22.
  • Syracuse Announces 2011 Class

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    Syracuse announced a three-man recruiting class of Michael Carter-Williams, Rakeem Christmas and Trevor Cooney.

    Orange coach Jim Boeheim was not immediately available for comment on the group.

    Carter-Williams is a 6-5 guard at St. Andrew’s School in Rhode Island. He is coached by Mike Hart, who also coached former Syracuse performer Demetris Nichols at St. Andrew’s.

    Carter-Williams missed the first 10 games of 2009-10 with a knee injury but recovered enough to earn Rhode Island Gatorade Player of the Year honors. He was also a first team New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) Class B selection.

    Carter-Williams is third among shooting guards and 16th overall in rankings of the Class of 2011.

    Christmas is a 6-9 center from Academy of the New Church. He is the top-rated center in the Class of 2011 according to ESPNU and He is ranked 10th overall by ESPNU and 12th by

    Christmas helped his club to the Pennsylvania Independent School Athletic Association (PAISAA) State semifinals last year. He averaged 13.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game according to He is coached by Kevin Givens.

    He attended the LeBron James Skills Academy in July and competed at the fifth annual Boost Mobile Elite 24 in August.

    Cooney is a 6-4 guard from Sanford School in Delaware. He is the 17th ranked shooting guard and the 57th overall prospect according to ESPNU. He started playing varsity basketball as an eighth grader in 2006-07 and was part of a state runner-up squad. Last season he was part of Sanford School’s state championship club. Cooney averaged 17.4 points, 9.4 rebounds and 4.0 assists.

    He was the 2010 Delaware State Basketball Player of the Year and a first-team all-state selection by the Delaware Sportswriters & Broadcasters Association (DSBA). He was second-team all-state in 2009 and third-team all-state the season before while playing for Coach Stan Waterman.

    Christmas and Cooney both played AAU basketball for Team Final. The duo also participated in the Nike Global Challenge for the Team USA East squad in August.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

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