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Thursday / July 16.
  • Syracuse lands Prolific Prep big man Frank Anselem

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    **For more on Frank Anselem’s commitment, check out my interview on The Juice podcast.

    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Syracuse added a valuable piece to its 2020 recruiting class on Wednesday with the addition of Prolific Prep (CA) big man Frank Anselem.

    The 6-foot-9 big man from Suwanee, Ga. also considered New Mexico, Georgia and San Diego State after previously having a final three of LSU, Georgia and Alabama. Syracuse assistant Red Autry gets the assist.

    “It’s been an incredibly long journey but at this point, I choose to further my education as well as basketball career at SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY,” he Tweeted. “Thanks to everyone who has been a part of my life and supported me thus far. Looking forward to what the future holds.”

    He is ranked the No. 28 center in the Class of 2020 composite, per 247Sports.com. Anselem was part of a Prolific Prep team that included Jalen Green (NBA G League), Nimari Burnett (Texas Tech) and Saba Gigiberia (Georgia Tech) that qualified for the GEICO High School Nationals.

    He averaged 10.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks and posted a 3.85 GPA.

    “Frank’s an agile, athletic 6-9 rim-runner, shot-blocker,” Prolific Prep coach Joey Fuca said. “He plays extremely hard. He just started playing basketball so he’s got a huge upside ahead of him. He’s very coachable, is a great kid and a great student.

    “He did a great job for us in ball-screen coverage. He can really get out for a guy his size, he can hard-hedge, he can double. He’s very, very mobile for a big guy.

    “And then offensively, he runs the floor at a high level. The coaches are not going to have an issue with him playing hard.”

    Fuca said Anselem should fit well into the Syracuse 2-3 zone.

    “I know Frank would rebound really well out of the zone,” he said. “He can play the middle or the bottom spot because Jim [Boeheim] really has his guys get out to the corner. He’s not as skilled as a Hakim Warrick obviously but he has that type of build.”

    Anselem joins Marek Dolezaj, Bourama Sidibe, John Bol Ajak and Jesse Edwards among bigs on the Syracuse roster. Syracuse lost three players to transfer — Jalen Carey, Brycen Goodine and Howard Washington. Carey is due to announce Friday.

    Anselem joins shooting guard Kadary Richmond and small forward Woody Newton in their 2020 class.

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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.