Syracuse freshman Brycen Goodine announced on Friday evening on Twitter that he will transfer.
“I would like to thank the Syracuse staff and fans for having me at the University this year,” he said, “however it is time for me to seek out a new beginning.”
Goodine appeared in only 23 games this season and was used sparingly in those games. He finished with averages of 8.7 minutes, 1.9 points and 1.0 rebounds. He will have three years of eligibility remaining following a year where he will have to sit according to NCAA transfer rules.
I would like to thank the Syracuse staff and fans for having me at the University this year, however it is time for me to seek out a new beginning. Thank you, Syracuse!
— Brycen Goodine (@BrycenGoodine) March 13, 2020
Goodine came into Syracuse as their highest recruit in the class of 2019, ranked 97th in his class by 247 Sports. He began the season as the backup point guard to Jalen Carey, but mostly fell out of the rotation by ACC play as Joe Girard III was named the starting point guard.
The highlight of his season came on Feb. 8 in a 75-73 win over Wake Forest at the Carrier Dome. Goodine rebounded an Elijah Hughes miss and hit the go-ahead layup with 1.5 seconds left for the game winner.
Syracuse’s 2019-20 season ended with an 81-53 win over North Carolina on Wednesday evening. Goodine played four minutes, scoring two points and adding a steal.
The Orange was set to play No. 15 Louisville in the ACC Tournament Quarterfinals on Thursday, but the event was canceled due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.
SU finished 18-14 on the season with a 10-10 ACC record. They were not expected to be an NCAA Tournament team.
Though Syracuse is not losing any scholarship seniors, Goodine may be the first of several offseason roster moves. Hughes is expected to test the NBA Draft waters, and there may be other transfers from the team.
The Orange will have a logjam at the guard spot next season even with the transfer, with Kadary Richmond, an incoming four-star top 100 recruit, joining Carey (set to return from an injury), Girard and Howard Washington in the back court.