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City Rocks star Mason Blackwood, 4-star wing, prospect to watch

Mason Blackwood, a burgeoning 2025 four-star wing, is having a great spring on the AAU circuit, and I’d like to see the Syracuse basketball coaches offer him a scholarship at some point.

Blackwood, a 6-foot-1 guard/small forward, is a standout for the Albany City Rocks in Nike’s EYBL league. He is also a rising senior at New Hampton School in New Hampton, NH

One of his teammates at City Rocks and New Hampton School is 2025 four-star point guard Keyshuan Tillery, who has a ‘Cuse offer and made an unofficial visit to the Hill in late August of last year to participate in the annual Elite of Orange. Camp.

Last month, during a live period on the AAU circuit, the EYBL held a session in Indianapolis. According to media reports, Syracuse basketball head coach Adrian Autry attended at least one City Rocks game during this spring evaluation period.

I recently spoke with two recruiting experts who provide extensive coverage of high school hoops in New York State. While they had not heard of the Orange staff officially pursuing Blackwood at the time, they added that they would not be surprised if the ‘Cuse eventually shows interest in Blackwood as the team is recruiting his teammate Tillery. .

According to his X account, Blackwood has received a number of new scholarship offers in recent weeks. New suitors for him include Wake Forest, Rutgers, Penn State, West Virginia, Northwestern and Boston College.

Blackwood’s offer sheet also includes Fordham, George Washington, Bryant, George Mason, Marquette, Buffalo, Albany and Siena.

Blackwood, a native of Greece, New York, a suburb of Rochester, has proven to be a hot commodity this spring as he put up some big numbers for an excellent City Rocks team in the EYBL’s 17U division.

Late last month, when the EYBL held its fourth spring session in Kansas City, Missouri, Blackwood averaged 17.0 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.0 steals per game while being named to the second All -EYBL Session IV team from The Circuit.

According to the EYBL website, Blackwood is averaging 14.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists per meeting across all four spring sessions. The City Rocks, meanwhile, have amassed an overall record of 11-4, and they should be among the favorites to win it all when the EYBL holds its annual season-ending Peach Jam event in North Augusta, SC from July 13-21.

Currently, ESPN rates Blackwood as a four-star and the No. 30 small forward in the 2025 class. Several recruiting services rank him as a three-star and in the top 150 nationally. That said, based on his play this spring in grassroots hoops, I would be shocked if Blackwood doesn’t compete for four-star status and the top 100 overall, according to all the primary recruiting websites.

During the EYBL’s recent stop in Kansas City, 247Sports national director of basketball Eric Bossi noted that Blackwood will be “really considered” to move up in the 2025 national rankings.

Bossi added of Blackwood in part: “He first caught our attention late last summer because of his production, all-round ability and the fact that he didn’t force much. Since then, Blackwood has stepped things up and added some more skills. Although he hasn’t played every time takes a ton of threes, Synergy says he makes more than 50% of threes while averaging nearly 14 points per game.”

I’m curious to see if the Syracuse basketball staff ultimately decides to pursue Blackwood. I hope that the Dutch team does indeed attack him.

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