It’s not often that Jim Boeheim and the Syracuse basketball program take on transfers, let alone graduate transfers, but apparently the Orange have reached out to Columbia guard Grant Mullins, who has decided to use his final year of eligibility elsewhere.
Michigan, California, Syracuse and Hawaii are among the schools that have contacted Columbia grad transfer Grant Mullins.
— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) March 30, 2016
Mullins is a 6-foot-4, 175 pound guard from Ontario who just scored 20 points and hit 3-of-4 threes in helping Columbia capture the CIT Championship against UC-Irvine. Mullins missed the entire 2014-2015 season due to injury, which is why he’s able to move on and play another season elsewhere with immediate eligibility.
In addition to averaging 13.3 points this year, he averaged 11.7 points as a sophomore back in 2013-2014 and has been a fairly prolific three point shooter throughout his career – knocking down 147 three pointers in three seasons. In the team’s four games in the CIT, he buried 10-of-17 three point attempts while scoring in double figures in all four games.
Next year’s Syracuse roster has a lot of terrific pieces and should be one of the favorites to make a return trip to the Final Four, but with the departures of Michael Gbinije and Trevor Cooney, three point shooting will certainly take a hit – especially if Malachi Richardson and/or Tyler Lydon decide to test the NBA waters.
Right now, I don’t think it’s likely either player goes pro early, with Richardson probably more likely at this point. That said, adding a player like Mullins would immediately alleviate some of that lost three point shooting and bring Syracuse one step closer to making a run at a championship in 2016-2017.