When it came down to it, Brandon Triche couldn't pass up a chance to stay at home to play college basketball. The three-star guard from Jamesville-Dewitt High School in Dewitt, N.Y. is headed to Syracuse.
According to Triche's AAU coach Mickey Walker, the appeal to stay at home was too hard to turn down.
"He has a chance to play for a nationally recognized program right here in his hometown and like he said he will be at home but won't be at home because campus life is different. He can always go home and see his parents and get a meal," Walker said. "His parents are very pro-active in his life. They want to go out and support him and be at his games."
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Triche was scheduled to visit Georgetown next week for an official visit. Walker said he was a little surprised by the timing of Triche's decision but pleased on how he handled the recruiting process.
"Georgetown was very alluring to him but at the end of the day, if it was somebody that had a similar program to Georgetown and wasn't Georgetown, because it is hard to grow up in Syracuse and go to Georgetown, he would have gone there," Walker said. "That's not a reflection on their program. That's just kind of the way things go, especially when you had a family member that went to Syracuse when that rivalry was particularly heated."
Triche should make the smooth transition to the college level, Walker says, because of the physical nature on which he plays with.
"The kid is extremely ready to play physically. There aren't a lot of high school guys that can come in and be physically ready to play. I think that bodes well for him. Secondly, he can play both guard positions and Boeheim using a third guard in their zone. Brandon is strong enough to be that three guy in that defensive scheme. There are a lot of minutes out there for him," Walker said.
"Having lived here for a long time and as someone that has gone to games there for a long time, I know coach Boeheim loves guys that can shoot. And he can shoot."