An explosive and aggressive playmaker, Carey is exactly what Jim Boeheim looks for in a lead guard. He can create for others, defend various positions and also be leaned upon for scoring.
Carey's father, John, spoke on why the the Orange won out over other suitors.
"We chose Syracuse because it was a good fit, a good situation to come into right away and play the point guard spot," the elder Carey told Rivals.com. "It was the perfect fit for Jalen as for what he wants to do with his career and also playing with Darius Bazley and Oshae Brissett."
Capable of playing on and off the ball, Carey is already a strong shooter. On the Nike EYBL circuit this summer, the top 50 prospect averaged over 18 points per game while knocking in close to 43 percent of his perimeter attempts.
Carey is the Orange's third 2018 commit, joining five-star forward Darius Bazley and sharpshooting wing, Buddy Boeheim, the son of head coach Jim Boeheim. Syracuse remains in the mix for one more frontcourt pick-up this fall, Nate Roberts.