John Gillon averaged better than 13 points and nearly four assists per game for Colorado State last season, and now the graduate transfer is on the radar for Syracuse basketball. The 6-foot guard is one of a few graduate transfers Syracuse has reportedly reached out to, along with Grant Mullins, who is set to make a decision this week about where he’ll play his final season.
Gillon started his career at Arkansas-Little Rock, where he averaged 10.6 points and shot 39.4% from three point range in 22 games, before transferring to Colorado State. Gillon shot 39.5% from deep in his first season with the Rams, averaging 7.9 points, before coming into his own last season as one of the team’s top performers, night in and night out.
At 6-feet he’s smaller than most guards Jim Boeheim recruits, though he’s got the same dimensions as players like Gerry McNamara (who was not 6-foot-2, don’t let his roster height fool you – he’s much closer to about 5-foot-11), Jonny Flynn, and 2017 recruit Quade Green. In that sense, he’s not a typical Syracuse guard but he’s a good athlete and dynamic enough scorer and playmaker that he was definitely worth a look from Boeheim and the Orange.
Mullins, meanwhile, visited Syracuse not long ago and followed that up with visits to Cal and Michigan, and is reportedly making his decision this week. It’s not inconceivable that Syracuse could decide to take both players, since three scholarships are currently available and guard depth is potentially very troubling, especially if Malachi Richardson decides to stay in the NBA Draft (which I think is unlikely).
Spike Albrecht is another possible graduate transfer, but honestly, with his injury history and small stature (coupled with less than stellar athleticism to make up for it), I’m kind of hoping the Orange decide to go away from that direction. Nothing against Albrecht, who as a freshman for Michigan had the cajones to try to flirt with Kate Upton on social media during the Final Four run for the Wolverines.