Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Syracuse on Friday got a commitment from South Florida graduate transfer Geno Thorpe, who will suit up for the 2017-18 season.
The 6-foot-4 Thorpe, who also spent two years at Penn State, averaged 15.1 points and 4.6 assists last season for the Bulls.
“It’s official,” Thorpe told Syracuse.com. “I’m going to do my fifth-year at Syracuse.”
Thorpe can play both guard positions and will help complement the team’s returning backcourt players.
“He was very honest and open with me,” Thorpe said of coach Jim Boeheim. “It’s a team-oriented program. It’s only about winning. My role will be to play both guard spots along with Frank (Howard), Tyus (Battle) and Howard (Washington).”
A year ago, Syracuse added grad transfers John Gillon and Andrew White III, both of whom played key roles for an Orange team that missed the NCAA Tournament.
In addition to Thorpe, Syracuse adds Washington, forwards Oshae Brissett and Marek Dolezaj and big man Bourama Sidibe.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.