On Sunday, an already deep Syracuse basketball team added even more depth with the commitment of graduate transfer Andrew White III. White is a 6’7’’ wing who is immediately eligible for this upcoming season.
Jim Boeheim commented on White’s commitment on Monday per Mike Waters and Syracuse.com.
“It gives us another shooter that can play the two or the three. We needed shooters. If you can get veterans that can shoot, that’s pretty good.”
The Orange are coming off a season in which they relied heavily on veteran shooters Michael Gbinije and Trevor Cooney. While White won’t necessarily replace the scoring that those two players provided, he will certainly help.
Boeheim went on to talk more about White and his physical play.
“He can shoot it. That’s obviously his strength. He’s a veteran guy. He’s physical. He rebounded well at Nebraska.”
There’s no question that this Orange team has size, and White will only help that. At 6’7’’ he can play multiple positions similar to what Michael Gbinije provided the past two years. In addition to his 16.6 PPG that he averaged for Nebraska last season, White also averaged 5.9 RPG.
Lastly, Boeheim spoke about adding a second graduate transfer to this year’s team and what it means going forward.
“His experience and John’s experience is going to help us. We’re a different team with two fifth-year players. I think we still would’ve been a good team, but we’re a different team.”
As we have have said before, Boeheim is mastering the modern game, and the White commitment is just the latest example of it. The Orange now have one of their deepest teams in recent memory and are looking like legitimate contenders for a national championship this season. Only time will tell us whether White and the rest of the team will live up to the hype, but for now, enjoy seeing the Orange near the top of the preseason rankings.