Syracuse fans woke up to some encouraging news for a player who, so far, is the team’s lone commitment in the basketball recruiting class of 2019. Brycen Goodine, the 6-foot-4 guard out of New Bedford, Massachusetts, who plays at St. Andrew’s in Rhode Island, was named the Gatorade Player of the Year in Rhode Island.
While, yes, Rhode Island is a small state, it’s certainly not devoid of talent. Goodine’s teammate at St. Andrew’s, Cole Swider, is a player you’ll remember that Jim Boeheim wanted badly in the class of 2018 but who chose Villanova, instead. He also won the Gatorade Player of the Year for the state last season.
Other past recipients in Rhode Island include Bonzie Colson and former Syracuse stars Michael Carter-Williams and Demetris Nichols, making Goodine the third Orange commit to earn the honor. And considering he’s only a junior, Goodine may become just the fourth player since 2000 to win it in back-to-back years, and the first since Colson. (MCW also won it in consecutive years in 2010 and 2011).
Goodine finished his season averaging 21.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists, and 2.4 steals-per-game while shooting a pretty ridiculous 52.4% from three-point range. And he shot a lot of threes, too; 256 attempts, to be exact. He also shot just under 90% from the free throw line.
For those who haven’t seen much of Goodine yet, he’s an explosive athlete who just looks like the prototypical Syracuse combo guard (and as he’s told us in the past, Jim Boeheim envisions him as a point guard in the future). He’s long and wiry and can disrupt passing lanes while also possessing the ability to really fill it up on the offensive end of the floor. His assist numbers are good to see this year, as well, given what we assume will be his role with the Orange eventually.
Congratulations to Brycen, who remains a little bit under the radar… though I suspect that won’t remain the case for much longer.
Oh, and if you were curious: fellow 2019 guard and priority target for Syracuse, Joe Girard, was New York’s Gatorade Player of the Year. I guess that’ll happen when you average 50 points-per-game, eh?