Syracuse Lands Nebraska Transfer
The Syracuse Orange had a heck of a run last season as they made it all the way to the Final Four. However, the deep run in the tournament cost them one of their top stars in Malachi Richardson, as well as graduating seniors Trevor Cooney and Michael Gbinije. The Orange were in need of some offensive power with the loss of three key players, and on Sunday, they got some great news.
Nebraska graduate transfer Andrew White III announced he would be joining the Orange next season for his final year of eligibility.
"After following them growing up, after having a relationship with a hometown friend Michael Gbinije and getting to know the staff and the people here, I thought it would be a good opportunity to come in and have a chance to win at the highest stage," White said to CuseNation. "That was exciting to me."
In his one-and-only season with Nebraska after transferring from Kansas, White averaged 16.6 points and 5.9 rebounds for the Cornhuskers.The 6-foot-6 winger is a marksman from beyond the arc as he shot 41-percent last season as well. He is an immediate plug-and-play starter likely at the shooting guard position with the void left by Richardson.
"I'm confident of the other pieces on this team," White said. "I think it could be a special season if we can mesh it together and peak at the right time. So I definitely think there's some potential there for all of the fan base's expectations."
What was once a team marred by the loss of three of its more prominent scorers, Syracuse may be developing into one of the better ACC teams nobody is talking about. Top performers, Tyler Lydon and Tyler Roberson give the Orange a dominant 1-2 punch. With the addition of White and incoming star freshman Tyus Battle, Syracuse basketball is in good shape for the 2016-17 season.
The Syracuse roster is currently as follows:
Tyus Battle, Fr.
Frank Howard, So.
John Gillon (transfer from Colorado State), Sr.
Andrew White III (Announced commitment on Sunday), Sr.
Tyler Lydon, So.
Tyler Roberson, Sr.
Taurean Thompson, Fr.
Matthew Moyer, Fr.
DeJuan Coleman (returns as a graduate student), Sr.
Paschal Chukwu, So.
Lots of people slept on Syracuse last season at the start of the year due to their lack of experience, however, this team has more than enough experience to be a force in college basketball this upcoming season.