Syracuse, N.Y. ― Syracuse added an athletic big man to its 2020 recruiting class on Wednesday.
Frank Anselem, a 6-foot-10 center, announced that he would attend Syracuse, picking the Orange over other finalists Georgia, San Diego State and New Mexico.
Anselem made the announcement on his Twitter page:
Anselem, a native of Atlanta, Ga., was originally a member of the 2021 class, but he decided to reclassify in April. At the time, his final three schools were LSU, Georgia and Alabama.
But he re-opened his recruitment in April and immediately began receiving interest from several schools, including Syracuse. At one point Kentucky was getting involved in Anselem’s recruitment until the Wildcats got a commitment from Wake Forest transfer Olivier Sarr.
Anselem is described as an incredible athlete for a player with his size. He can run the floor and defend extremely well. His offensive game is still developing, but he’s far from raw.
He possesses a 7-foot-5 wingspan and the ability to get off the floor quickly. Physically, he compares favorably with former SU player Chris McCullough, who was a 6-foot-10 athletic forward. However, Anselem’s offensive game isn’t where McCullough’s was during his freshman year at Syracuse.
Anselem joins two other 2020 recruits that have committed to Syracuse ― Woody Newton, a 6-8 forward from Mt. Zion Prep in Lanham, Md., and Kadary Richmond, a 6-5 guard from New York City who spent the past year at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H.
A little over a year ago, Anselem was ranked between 50 and 70 in the 2021 class.
He spent this past year at Prolific Prep in Napa, Calif. Prolific Prep has produced a number of players who went onto the NBA (Josh Jackson) and Division I schools (Devon Daniels, N.C. State) over the past three years. Jalen Green, who has decided to skip college and play in the G-League next year, was on last year’s roster.
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