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Four-star Jaquan Carlos scored 90 points twice in high school games

Late last month, Syracuse basketball secured a commitment from four-star transfer Jaquan Carlos, a junior point guard from Hofstra, a member of the Coastal Athletic Association (“CAA”).

The addition of the 6-foot-1, 170-pound Carlos increases the depth of the Orange’s backcourt for the 2024-25 season, especially with second-year point guard Judah Mintz headed to this summer’s NBA Draft, while second-year guards/wings Justin Taylor and Quadir Copeland chose to enter the transfer portal.

After Carlos’ decision to transfer to the ‘Cuse, several experts told me that this new Syracuse basketball team is a talented pass-first, pure point guard who has a strong vision on the court, is very focused on making things better from his teammates and then on the defensive end.

Carlos can also score. It remains to be seen whether he will be the team’s starting point guard in 2024-25 or come off the bench as a key reserve. And the Dutch team has many other offensive weapons. But make no mistake: Carlos is also a bucket-getter himself.

In recent days, SU Athletics issued a press release about Carlos officially joining the ‘Cuse for 2024-2025. There were some interesting tidbits in this announcement.

To provide some context, Carlos was a three-star recruit in the class of 2021 out of Thomas Jefferson High School in Brooklyn, NY. While in high school, he was a top-300 national talent and a top-50 point guard, according to the industry-generated 247Sports composite.

But look at this. According to cuse.com, during his senior season, which was shortened due to the Covid-19 pandemic, he scored 92 points in one game and 90 points in a second game. In both outbursts, he knocked down 10 shots from beyond the arc.

When he graduated, he was Thomas Jefferson’s all-time leading scorer. Carlos averaged 20.4 points per game as a freshman, 20.5 points per game as a sophomore and 25.7 points per game as a junior.

I readily admit that high school play is not the same as the collegiate level, especially in a power league like the Atlantic Coast Conference, but these are incredible scoring numbers nonetheless.

Carlos, who entered the portal in late March and officially attended Syracuse basketball before committing, is rated four-star by both 247Sports and On3 in their national transfer rankings. He is also a top-50 point guard.

While Hofstra went 20-13 overall in 2023-24, Carlos averaged 10.4 points, 6.3 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game while shooting 41.3 percent from the field, 34.4 percent from 3-point land and 89.2 percent of starters scored. the free throw line.

Carlos was named to the CAA All-Defensive team twice while at Hofstra. This past season, he had 19 assists against just two goals in a home win over Northeastern in mid-February.

As a junior, Carlos reached double figures in scoring 19 times, led the CAA in assists per game and was No. 3 in that league in assist-to-turnover ratio per game.

We’ll have to see how Carlos does when he moves from the CAA to the ACC in 2024-2025. Orange coaches hold Carlos in high regard. I believe he will make a significant contribution to Syracuse basketball in his senior campaign.

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