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Syracuse men’s basketball: checking in on some of the former Orange in the NCAA

Once an Orange, always an Orange.

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While a lot of the talk recently has been about this year’s Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team, we haven’t spent much time discussing some of the former members of the program who found new homes at other places.

With the current pause in Syracuse hoops, let’s take a look at how those all-too-familiar names are currently performing this season:

Joe Girard III

After playing 125 regular season games in four up-and-down-ish years with the Orange, Girard opted this past offseason to look for a new home and transferred to the Clemson Tigers. Through 11 games with the Tigers, Girard (14.0 points per game) has thrived as a complimentary scorer next to PJ Hall while shooting a career-high 45% from three to help lead #18 Clemson to the best overall record in the ACC as of now. Girard will notably make his return to the 315 when Syracuse takes on Clemson at home on February 10.

Symir Torrence

Like Girard, Torrence also sought a new home after a four-year career that included multi-year stints with Marquette and Syracuse. He transferred downstate to the Binghamton Bearcats and is certainly playing his best basketball so far with career-highs in points per game (9.8), rebounds per game (6.9), assists per game (6.9), field goal percentage (47%) and three-point percentage (39%). Binghamton is currently 7-5 and sits in the middle of the pack in the American East Conference.

Jesse Edwards

I think we can at least say things haven’t gotten off to the best of starts for Edwards after he joined the West Virginia Mountaineers as a top-15 transfer in the spring. Edwards averaged 14.8 points and 8.7 rebounds as the starting center for WVU, but a poor start plus a messy end to the tenure of former Mountaineers’ coach Bob Huggins has led to West Virginia sitting with the worst record in the Big 12 at 5-7. More recently, Edwards will still be out for a few more weeks after fracturing his right wrist in mid-December.

Frank Anselem-Ibe

After two years at Syracuse, Anselem-Ibe joined the Georgia Bulldogs and has continued to serve as the backup center in a limited role — he’s currently averaging 3.4 points per game in 9.1 minutes off the bench as Georgia sits with a 9-3 overall record.

Kadary Richmond

Richmond most recently shined for the Seton Hall Pirates after finishing with a ridiculous 23 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 8 steals to help the team upset #5 UConn. After being stuck in a reserve role during his lone season with the Orange in 2020-2021, Richmond is averaging career-highs in points (15.2), rebounds (6.2), assists (4.2), steals (2.5) and field goal percentage 48%) as he continues to shine as a legitimate two-way player. He leads Seton Hall in scoring as the team finds itself with an 8-5 record in the Big East this year.

Robert Braswell

Braswell’s collegiate career has certainly seen its ups and downs, but after three years and 43 total games with the Orange, he’s starting to find a bit of a home with the Charlotte 49ers. He joined Charlotte in the 2021-2022 season and managed to score a career-high 8.2 points per game while shooting 50% from the field, 40.9% from three and 94.1% from the foul line off the bench. After an injury played 2022-2023 season, Braswell is averaging around seven points per game in what is (technically) his sixth collegiate year.

Quincy Guerrier

After finishing his second season in Syracuse with a third-team All-ACC nod (which included career-high averages of 13.7 points and 8.4 rebounds), Guerrier jumped ship to the Oregon Ducks for two years before using his “super” senior year to play for the Illinois Fighting Illini this season. He’s started in every game for #11 Illinois so far this year and is averaging 10.5 points and 6.8 rebounds in 23.5 minutes per game.

Woody Newton

Newton, a six-foot-nine senior guard, played just 11 games for Syracuse in the 2020-2021 season before really finding his groove in his second year with the Oklahoma State Cowboys. He’s currently a mini-spark plug off the bench for the George Mason Patriots with current averages of 7.3 points and 4.7 rebounds, both of which are career-highs.

Brycen Goodine

After playing off the bench in 23 games for Syracuse in 2019-2020, Goodine saw sparse minutes in a reserve role for two years with the Providence Friars before finally finding a home with the Fairfield Stags. After his first year was cut short due to a season-ending injury, Goodine is averaging 12.5 points per game and is easily playing the best basketball of his collegiate career.