Well, here’s some good (if expected) news: Oshae Brissett is seemingly heading back to Syracuse for his sophomore season, per his Twitter account earlier today. Now, he didn’t come right out and say it, but it’s hard to look at his tweet and not gather that the only realistic meaning is that the 6-foot-8 forward is set on returning to the Hill.
And that’s good news, because while it was highly unlikely that Brissett would have been given any indication he’d be a first round selection this year, it wouldn’t have been surprising to see him at least test the waters and see how he measures up. Instead, it would appear he’s going to skip that part of the process and simply focus on getting better for his sophomore campaign.
Syracuse certainly needed him to return, as well. With the departure of Matthew Moyer and Darius Bazley shocking the college hoops world by announcing he’ll skip college and play in the G-League, the Orange are painfully thin at forward. Between Brissett and Marek Dolezaj, Jim Boeheim has two experienced and talented forwards with length, so having them both back was essential given the complete lack of depth behind them.
Now, Syracuse just waits to find out what Tyus Battle will decide to do. I’m firmly in the camp where I believe he will at least test the waters, but whether or not he stays in the draft is a little up in the air. It’s a pretty loaded draft class this year, while next year’s doesn’t appear to be as deep, especially when it comes to shooting guards. It’s easy to make a case for why he should stay, but it’s also easy to see why he’d want to go, of course, given his age and the fact that NBA scouts seem to think that once you get beyond 20, you’re damaged goods (or at least you’ve just about reached your ceiling, or maybe that you have cooties, or perhaps all of the above).
The Orange will also wait to see what, if anything, happens to shore up the depth on the rest of the roster. Syracuse certainly has scholarships to play with, and one name that’s emerged recently is Bryce Golden, the former Pitt commit who asked for his release once Kevin Stallings was fired. At 6-foot-9 and with a good frame and toughness, Golden would be a pretty strong pickup this late in the game, given he could provide minutes at both the power forward and center positions in a pinch, and he’d likely be a four-year player for the program.
And as of earlier this evening, by the way, Golden has seemingly narrowed his list down to a handful of schools, and Syracuse has made the cut. Given recruiting analysts like Jerry Meyer and Andrew Slater have put in their predictions that he’ll wind up in Orange even before this list was released, things certainly seem to be favorable for Syracuse in the pursuit of Golden.
After decommitting from Pitt, 6'9 @SaintJamesHoops senior PF Bryce Golden has narrowed his list to Butler, Georgetown, Syracuse, Illinois, UConn and Wichita St. Expects to reduce further and schedule official visits this week. https://t.co/OCCwxYJJ9z— Coach Shop (@CoachShopSJ) April 8, 2018