Commentary: Three SU hoops players in line to transfer

Commentary: SU hoops players expected to transfer

Jalen Carey, Howard Washington and Brycen Goodine are not expected to be donning Orange uniforms next season.
Published: March 15, 2020
Howard Washington attempts a layup agains Boston College on Jan. 15, 2020.
Howard Washington, shown here attempting a layup against Boston College on Jan. 15, is reportedly entering the transfer portal.

It’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks. The last week has felt like a month. And while public health and safety are taking precedent, there has been some SU Men’s basketball team that you may have missed.

Here’s my take on the reported news that Jalen Carey, Howard Washington and Brycen Goodine that they’ll be transferring from Syracuse.

Carey’s situation has seemingly been decided for a while. A lot of people shared the sentiment I did in that he’d be transferring after this past season. He sat out the entire season and frankly didn’t seem too engaged. He’s a talented player but Syracuse simply wasn’t a good fit for him.

For Washington, he’s had a plethora of medical issues during his time at Syracuse. It’ll be phenomenal to see Washington thriving in another uniform.

And Goodine, well, I’m not entirely sure what to think. Goodine announced Monday he would transfer to Providence. I immediately went to Goodine’s lack of size and the freshman knowing that Boeheim typically likes larger guards to occupy those two top spots in the zone.

But Joe Girard III just started pretty much an entire season at 6-foot-1. The Orange did end the season on a high note, taking down a better-than-advertised UNC team. A 14-seed for the Tar Heels simply wasn’t fitting of the talent they had on the floor this year.

The Syracuse men’s basketball team will be back in action next year after the ACC suspended tournament play for fear of spreading Coronavirus. Girard III will only be a sophomore and Marek Dolezaj will most definitely be placed in a leadership role.

Whatever the future holds for Syracuse basketball, there’s one thing I feel quite certain in: The sight of a packed Dome will be back. And the Syracuse community will be back to rooting on the teams that make the athletic program at Syracuse so great.

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is a contributor to The NewsHouse at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.