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Syracuse Transfer Brycen Goodine One to Watch

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We did not expect today’s focus to be recruiting, but with the cancellation of the NCAA tournament, word is starting to trickle out about student-athletes who have decided to enter the transfer portal.

One of those is Syracuse guard Brycen Goodine, and he is certainly a name for Friar fans to keep an eye on over the coming weeks. Goodine is one of three guards to announce their decision to transfer from Syracuse this month. The New Bedford, MA native starred at Rhode Island powerhouse St. Andrew’s in high school, after winning a Division III Massachusetts state title at Bishop Stang.

Goodine did not receive the press of most top local recruits, likely because he decided to commit to Syracuse at the beginning of his junior year at St. Andrew’s (which was very similar to how another St. Andrew’s star, Michael Carter-Williams, pledged to the Cuse his junior year a decade earlier).

Goodine’s was one of the best players in NEPSAC’s Class AA during his time at St. Andrew’s — the league that was headlined by AJ Reeves (Brimmer and May), David Duke (Cushing), Marcus Zegarowski (Tilton), and Cole Swider (St. Andrew’s).

Goodine and Swider formed a lethal combination. During Goodine’s junior year (the senior season of Duke, Reeves, Zegarowski, and Swider), St. Andrew’s reached the NEPSAC finals by winning a thriller over Cushing before falling to Tilton in the finals. I was in attendance for the semifinal matchup between Cushing and St. Andrew’s, and Goodine was scorching hot from deep that afternoon. He then scored 27 in the finals loss to Tilton.

A year later, Goodine got his revenge, winning both the NEPSAC AA title and league player of the year. He┬áput up 25 points in the final, with St. Andrew’s down a pair of starters.

Here is the 2018 Cushing/St. Andrew’s game condensed to seven minutes. Goodine is #0 in black.

The 6’3 guard came to Syracuse with the reputation as a shooter, but didn’t get enough shots or minutes to prove himself. A broken nose cost him three games in January, then he played the next month with a protective mask. The highlight of his freshman season came when he put home a layup off of an offensive rebound in the final second against Wake Forest in February. He averaged under two points per game last season, with his best effort likely coming in a five point, four assist night against Pittsburgh.

Goodine would be well worth a flyer for Providence — he is a combo guard that can really shoot. The staff is familiar with him, as Goodine played at Providence’s Elite camp, and they obviously saw him at prep and AAU games during their recruiting travels. Goodine played for BABC on the EYBL Circuit. He averaged nearly 19 points per game, and shot .367 from deep and 80% at the free throw line in 2018 for BABC. That included some huge scoring games — 28 points (3-6 from 3) against Team Final, 24 against the NJ Playaz (3-4 from 3), 31 points versus MOKAN Elite (4-7 from 3), and 28 against the New York Lightning on 6-10 from deep. He had a five game stretch in which he went for 21, 28, 31, 24, and 28 points.

Below are videos from when Goodine and Duke matched up at the Providence Elite Camp, as well as Yurview’s coverage of the 2018 NEPSAC AA finals between St. Andrew’s and Tilton.

3 Comments

  1. Wally Quinn

    March 15, 2020 at 3:17 pm

    What does 2020-2021 Friar roster look like?

  2. David

    March 16, 2020 at 9:31 am

    Syracuse fan here. We are very sad to see him go. He has great potential and the team that gets him will be getting a great guard. The mask hurt. I think he wouls have seen a lot more minutes next year.

  3. Kevin Farrahar

    March 16, 2020 at 11:32 am

    Thanks, David. I read Cuse fans were impressed with his defense. Do you feel the same?

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