With the transfers of all three back-up guards, Syracuse has a couple holes to fill. However, it might not be as bad as it first looks. SU adds recruits Woody Newton and Kadary Richmond. And according to Matthew Gutierrez of The Athletic, this is a look at the two roster spots SU needs to fill.
So, let’s scour the transfer portal for options.
Wright is a 6-foot-4 guard who is listed as the second best transfer option per 247sports. Wright is transferring from Western Kentucky for personal reasons after being on the roster just over a month. Before his time as a Hilltopper, Wright played two years at Mississippi State redshirting a year at St. John’s. So, if he transferred again, SU would become the fourth school he would have been at. As of now, there is no evidence that Wright is interested in Syracuse, or that SU is interested in Wright.
Towns is transferring from Harvard, where he was named the Ivy League Player of the Year in 2017-18 after averaging 16 points and shooting well over 40 percent from three. The 6-foot-7 forward missed the last two seasons due to a knee injury.
Towns might be a tough get, considering he’s a Columbus, Ohio native. Right now, 247Sports expects Towns to go back home to Ohio State.
Tapé is a 6-foot-10 center that played at Columbia, averaging around 11 points and 6 rebounds per game. Besides Syracuse, Tapé has also visited Maryland and USC. Tapé says he’s not necessarily looking for somewhere to start, but for a place he can win. Talking to Syracuse.com, Tapé said that Elijah Hughes going pro would lessen the likelihood that he would choose the Orange. But if Jim Boeheim and his coaching staff were able to reel in Seth Towns, Tapé would be very interested. Right now, neither are expected to choose Syracuse, but could become a nasty transfer duo.
We will learn more about who Syracuse is pursuing as time goes on. As of now, only Tapé and Towns have reported interest in the Orange. Of course, if they choose different schools – as they are expected to – SU’s search will widen.