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.
At Syracuse, JJ Starling transfers in and Symir Torrence heads out
By ADAM ZAGORIA
The off-season turnover of the Syracuse roster has begun under new coach Adrian Autry.
Former Notre Dame guard JJ Starling, a Baldwinsville, N.Y. native, announced Tuesday he was transferring to the Orange, while Syracuse native Symir Torrence is headed to the portal.
“I decided to transfer to Syracuse because I felt like it was a great fit for me,” Starling told On3.
The 6-foot-4 Starling, who averaged 11.2 points and 2.8 rebounds as a freshman initially chose Notre Dame over Syracuse, Duke, Northwestern, and others. But he opted to leave after Irish coach Mike Brey announced his retirement.
“The coaching staff at Cuse are people I know I can put my trust in to handle and manage my career the right way,” he said. “Also, being able to play on one of the biggest stages in college basketball is definitely noteworthy, and being able to have my parents and other relatives alongside me and come out to games and support me sounds amazing, especially when they rarely were able to do so through my career.”
Meantime, the 6-3 Torrence will be headed to his third school after two years at Marquette and and two at Syracuse.
He averaged 2.4 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists in Jim Boeheim’s final season at Syracuse.
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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.