Incoming Syracuse Orange basketball recruits Joe Girard and Brycen Goodine were both at the Final Four this weekend competing in the American Family Insurance 3-point shooting contest.
Girard and Goodine — both soon to be freshmen at Syracuse this fall — finished fifth and sixth (out of eight participants) in the contest, respectively. They competed in the first two rounds, but only the top two players advanced to the final round.
Goodine was originally slated to participate in the slam dunk contest before switching to the 3-point competition, which took place on Friday, but didn’t air until 3:30 p.m. ET on Sunday.
Both Girard and Goodine struggled in the first round, but tied for second-best in the second round with 19 points each. The two of them roomed together on the trip to Minneapolis.
Girard and Goodine will look to replace the starting Syracuse backcourt as Tyus Battle and Frank Howard have finished their Orange careers. Still, the two freshmen will join a replete backcourt as Jalen Carey, Buddy Boeheim and Howard Washington look to step into bigger roles in 2019-20.
Goodine joins the Orange from St. Andrew’s School in Rhode Island, the same program that sent Demetris Nichols and Michael Carter-Williams to Syracuse. You already know everything about Girard.
Syracuse basketball will head to Italy in August for a foreign tour, which will help a young backcourt gain experience prior to the start of the 2019-20 basketball season.