Syracuse bolsters backcourt with South Florida graduate transfer Geno Thorpe

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Syracuse will once again rely heavily on a graduate transfer in its backcourt next season as the Orange landed a commitment from South Florida guard Geno Thorpe on Friday.

The 6-foot-4 Thorpe led the Bulls in points and assists last season as he put up 15.1 points and 4.6 assists per outing. Thorpe should log major minutes for Syracuse next season as he’ll help replace the loss of John Gillon and Andrew White, two more graduate transfers who both made an impact last season.

Thorpe should play a bit of both guard spots alongside returners like Tyus Battle and Frank Howard while freshman point guard Howard Washington will also join the program. With an ability to stretch the floor, Thorpe also gives the Orange another perimeter shooter, something the team desperately needed this offseason.