Oshae Brissett, the 6-foot-9 forward from Mississauga, Ontario, has committed to Syracuse.
Oshae announced his college choice on November 12th during the Toronto Raptors game against the New York Knicks broadcast-ed by former Orange star Leo Rautins. The Raptors just so happened to be playing the Knicks, which allowed Brissett to connect with SU great Carmelo Anthony.
Brissett, who plays prep basketball at Athlete Institute in Mono, Ontario, Canada. The Mississauga native comes home to Ontario after two years at Findlay Prep in suburban Las Vegas. He enjoyed his time at Findlay and the program that helped produce the likes of fellow countrymen Tristan Thompson and Cory Joseph. Brissett’s journey shows the goal of Athlete Institute and Orangeville Prep in giving Canadian prep basketball talent a chance to thrive on their home soil while staying closer to home.
“The schools that call me … I definitely appreciate what they’re doing for me, how they’re recruiting me,” Brissett said. “(I’m) humbled by it and know that a lot of people don’t get this opportunity.”
Brissett chose Syracuse over Memphis, Oregon, and USC, which were named finalists back in September. He also held offers from Arizona State, Maryland, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, UCLA, UNLV, and others.
Oshae should fit in very well with coach Jim Boeheim’s system and zone defence with his long and athletic frame for the 2017-2018 season. Syracuse and coach Boeheim always finds a gem north of the border with recent alumni Tyler Ennis, Kris Joseph and Andy Rautins so Brissett should not be any different.