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4-Star Slovakian SF Marek Dolezaj Commits To Syracuse Basketball

Marek Dolezaj, a four-star forward out of Slovakia, has officially committed to Syracuse basketball as a member of the class of 2017.

Dolezaj, who was reportedly also considering schools like Florida, Georgia Tech, Pitt, and Wichita State, has been speculated as a potential addition for the Orange for a few weeks now. He heavily hinted at a commitment with an Instagram post on Monday, though the question mark caption left some doubt.

He officially announced the decision in an interview with Scout's Evan Daniels, citing his relationship with the staff, specifically assistant coach Adrian Autry.

"I chose Syracuse because I felt the most comfortable with their style of play and how they develop wings," Dolezaj said. "Coach [Adrian] Autry came to see me in Slovakia and that meant a lot to me."


"I loved the guys on the team," Dolezaj said. "They seemed like great guys who immediately accepted me and welcomed me."

Syracuse fans hope the rangy 6-foot-9 forward can step in and help replace outgoing forward Tyler Lydon, who is off to the NBA after two seasons in Orange. That is probably a lofty expectation for a player making the jump from Europe, but he seems like a quality addition to Jim Boeheim's recruiting class.

Dolezaj joins a group of other international prospects in Syracuse's 2017 recruiting class. Canadians O'Shae Brissett and Howard Washington, and forward Bourama Sidibe, a Mali native who played high school ball at St. Benedict's Prep, are the other new players joining Syracuse this year.


Update: According to, Dolezaj is committed to Syracuse, but there are some steps he must take to gain admittance to the university. His father spoke to Post-Standard reported Donna Ditota about the process.

"There was some procedures and some steps as to how it goes, as to how we continue now," Milos Dolezaj said. "We have to find the results from our school and do some official steps at Syracuse, where they can check on the history of Marek. Then we will have the final decision."


"He's done all the tests for America," he said, "but now he must finish school and he must do these second steps."

So things aren't totally official yet, but assuming Dolezaj's academics are in order, he will be in Orange this fall.