Christmas To Cuse
Rakeem Christmas
Rakeem Christmas
National Recruiting Director
Posted Aug 6, 2010

Rakeem Christmas is going to play for the Syracuse Orangemen.

Jim Boeheim’s Syracuse Orangemen are pretty good at this recruiting game.

On Friday, the Orangemen received their third – and highest rated – commitment from the Class of 2011. Rakeem Christmas,’s No. 9 prospect and top overall center, pledged his allegiance.

``I had a lot of great options, but I fell in love with Syracuse,” said Christmas. ``I know a lot of the guys on the team and that made a difference in my decision. I also felt that I could fit in well with their system.”

Christmas plays high school ball at Bryn Athyn (Pa.) Academy of New Church. He runs on the same AAU team – Team Final – as Trevor Cooney, Syracuse’s first commitment from the class. They’ll team up with guard Michael Carter-Williams to form one of the country’s top recruiting classes.

Christmas visited Syracuse last weekend. Florida, Florida International, Georgetown, Oklahoma, Rutgers and Texas.

Christmas has a well-earned reputation for blocking shots. He’s participating in the Nike Global games this weekend in Portland, Ore.

Related Stories
Christmas Adds Two To His List
 -by  Jul 2, 2010
Nike Skills Recap
 -by  Jun 29, 2010
Video: Rakeem Christmas Interview + Highlight
 -by  Jun 3, 2010

Contact Evan Daniels
for Media requests at:
Get the 2014 Recruiting Yearbook with an annual Total Access Pass
Sign Up Today!

Upgrade Now!
Free Email Newsletter
Don't miss any news or features from Subscribe to our newsletter to have our newest articles emailed to you on a daily or weekly basis.
Click here for a list of all Team Newsletters.

Add Players to My HotList
Get free email alerts with news about your favorite players. Click name to add to My HotList.
C Rakeem Christmas (profile)
[View My HotList]