We’re in the thick of the 2018-19 Syracuse Orange men’s basketball schedule, but there’s no harm in looking ahead at least a little bit given the exciting additions for the incoming class.
One of those players is Quincy Guerrier, a 6-foot-7, 220-pound forward who already appears ready to play the college game — as detailed extensively in a great Syracuse.com piece from Donna Ditota on Thursday.
Talking to Guerrier and coaches in Quebec, Ditota hears the story on how Orange assistant Adrian Autry offered the player immediately after seeing him a few years ago. According to Autry himself, Guerrier’s a perfect fit for this team on offense, especially:
“The biggest thing I saw about him that I initially liked was his size, his dimensions. He fits what we do. And from a game standpoint, you know what he does. He scores. That’s something you rarely find. A lot of times kids try to do a lot of different things. And you can just tell he’s an attacker, he’s an aggressive offensive player. He competes and he plays extremely hard.”
Given Syracuse’s shooting woes in recent years, it does feel like a relief to hear that a player could come in with the physical tools to contribute there immediately. While Jim Boeheim’s teams will never necessarily be run-and-gun (especially not at this stage in his long coaching career), just having a more dynamic forward that shoots the ball well could greatly evolve the gameplan.
We’ll wait to hear word on whether Guerrier can enroll for spring semester. Either way, we’ll be looking forward to seeing him suit up for the Orange come November.
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