Judah Mintz loves Jonny Flynn, ‘but he’s a lot taller’

When 2022 four-star prospect Judah Mintz committed to Syracuse basketball at the end of March, I read a ton of comments from national recruiting analysts and scouts who spoke to Mintz. , which probably has an immediate impact for Orange in its freshman campaign.

If recent thoughts provided by ‘Cuse head coach Jim Boeheim are any indication of the potential and skills that the 6-foot-3 Mintz possesses, then Syracuse basketball fans will be thrilled when Mintz and his teammates start. their 2022-23 stanza at home Nov. 7 against Lehigh.

In a recent interview Boeheim conducted with college basketball insider Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports, the Orange boss gushed about his freshman point guard’s explosiveness.

“I think he can get 14-15 points every game and he could get 25 some nights,” Boeheim said of Judah Mintz, who had a standout senior tenure for powerhouse Oak Hill Academy at Mouth of Wilson, Virginia.

Freshman Judah Mintz is likely to start at point guard for Syracuse basketball.

Mintz was ranked 33rd nationally in the 2022 cycle by ESPN. Honestly, I think a lot of his National Recruiting Services scores were way too low, but none of that matters now that he’s on the Hill.

Boeheim said Mintz, as a rookie, is expected to start 2022-23 as the team’s starting point guard, with senior Joe Girard III moving to a shooting position.

The ‘Cuse has a strong and deep recruiting class of six members in 2022, and Boeheim said he thinks all of those freshmen can contribute to their first seasons in Central New York.

If I had to guess, though, I’d expect Mintz to play the most minutes of any freshman, while having the most immediate impact.

In Rothstein’s article, Boeheim said of Judah Mintz, “He’s like Jonny Flynn, but he’s a lot taller.”

This is a rather chosen company for Mintz. Flynn, of Niagara Falls, NY, was a national five-star top-25 prospect in the class of 2007 out of high school, according to some recruiting services.

The 6-foot Flynn played two years for Syracuse basketball, before being selected No. 6 overall in the first round of the 2009 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves.

In 2007-08, as a rookie, Flynn averaged 15.7 points and 5.3 assists per game, and he was named Big East Conference Joint Rookie of the Year, by SU Athletics.

As a sophomore in 2008-09, Flynn had 17.4 points and 6.7 cents per game as the Orange went 28-10 overall and reached the Sweet 16. He resided on the second team All -Big East and received an honorable All-America -nod from the Associated Press, according to cuse.com.

If Judah Mintz could put up some stats like Flynn did on the hill and help guide Syracuse basketball on a deep trip or two into the big dance, I’d love it.

Interestingly enough, when the Atlantic Coast Conference recently released its preseason poll, Mintz received no votes for league rookie of the year.

I found it surprising and quite lame, but preseason honors don’t mean squat. Jim Boeheim is super high on Judah Mintz, and I can’t wait to see this young man don an Orange uniform for official matches in the near future.

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