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Former Syracuse men’s basketball forward Quincy Guerrier transfers to Oregon

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Quincy Guerrier will head to Oregon and compete in the Pac-12.

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Former Syracuse Orange men’s basketball forward Quincy Guerrier has committed to the Oregon Ducks, the rising junior announced via Twitter on Thursday.

Guerrier chose Oregon over other potential transfer destinations Arizona State, Illinois and Memphis. Out of high school, Guerrier committed to Syracuse over Oregon and Illinois.

In April, Guerrier announced he was leaving Syracuse by entering the transfer portal while also testing the NBA Draft process, maintaining his college eligibility.

Oregon has had success with players from the Great White North, including Dillon Brooks, Chris Boucher and Dylan Ennis. Oregon assistant coach Mike Mennenga spent part of his coaching career in Buffalo and has ties to CIA Bounce.

“It was really the relationship with the coaches already,” Guerrier told Adam Zagoria. “That was the first school that offered me when I was 16 years old and they were in my top three when I decided to go to Syracuse so I already had that chemistry and the relationship with the coaches and I really trust Coach [Dana] Altman, I think he’s going to really help me get my game to another level, expand my game.

“He was looking for my position and I was looking for the same thing. I’m going to play more at the three and I’m going to be able to play more on the perimeter and put the ball more on the floor. That was really the main reason why I left Syracuse because I couldn’t really do that. Now I will be able to show my full potential.”

Guerrier played two seasons at Syracuse, earning Third Team All-ACC honors this past season while helping the Orange advance to the Sweet 16. He averaged 13.7 points and 8.4 rebounds per game in 2020-21.

Syracuse has ten scholarship players for 2021-22. The Orange will have an entirely new forward cohort with freshman Benny Williams and transfers Cole Swider and Jimmy Boeheim.