Update: Aaaaand just like that, we're losing sophomores faster than we can keep track. The Buss appears to be in motion as well as Ron Patterson will also seek a transfer, according to his AAU coach.
Patterson came to Syracuse after getting shafted by Tom Crean and Indiana in a scholarship kerfuffle. Unfortunately for Buss, he'll probably be best remembered for his three-point inefficiency and for his choice quotes.
Syracuse will be leaning on it's incoming freshman class to fill the void left by both players, though that may have been a big part of the reason they're both leaving.
Fare thee well, Buss.
Original: We pretty much figured that someone from the current Syracuse Orange basketball team was going to transfer. Now we know that B.J. Johnson will be that guy. Johnson's father confirmed as much today.
The sophomore forward has not decided where he's going to transfer to as of yet. He originally chose SU over offers from Rutgers, Temple and Villanova.
Following SU's season-ending loss to NC State, Johnson told reporters he was going to come back in 2015-2016, but something must have changed in the time since. Whether that was Jim Boeheim telling him he'd be better off transferring or Johnson figuring that out for himself, we don't know. Between the returning players and the iinflux of talent, Johnson's chances of getting quality playing time were iffy as it is.
In terms of the the program and the impending scholarship reduction, the move will give Syracuse a little breathing room. The Orange can now pursue Thomas Bryant officially or they can go into the upcoming seasons with room to add one more player where they wouldn't be able to previously.
Of course, Johnson may not end up being the only player to transfer but for now the situation seems to be playing out as expected.
Fare thee well, B.J.