One week ago, I wrote an article titled, “Who Else Should Syracuse Target in the Transfer Portal?” Make sure you check that one out before you read the sequel. Here are more players Syracuse should target in the transfer portal:
Jabri Abdur-Rahim – Forward:
As a freshman for Virginia last season, Abdur-Rahim didn’t get much playing time. The youngster played in just eight games with nothing special to show for it in the box score. The reason he’s a prime target for SU and so many other teams is he’s incredibly talented and has a ton of potential. The 6’7’’ forward was a four star coming out of high school, ranked 28th in the nation. He can score extremely well and would fit into the wing of the zone really well. His addition to this squad would be like an upgraded version of Robert Braswell. The other reason this would be a great addition is the effect it would have on a conference opponent. Part of Virginia’s future is out the door, if it came to Syracuse the ACC might be looking different in the coming years. Check out this profile SLAM Magazine did on him back in 2019:
Ty Groce – Forward:
This 6’8’’ forward just concluded his final season in the MAC with Eastern Michigan. With a chance to play in a grad-transfer season, Groce is looking to win. Syracuse could be the place to do that for a kid who’s put up some solid numbers in his last couple years. This past season, Groce put up 15 points per game along with 7 rebounds per game. Not to mention he can shoot the ball fairly well, 53% inside the arc, 34% outside. Groce could be a monumental add for the Orange, especially since he may fly under the radar coming from a smaller school. Here are his senior season highlights:
Walker Kessler – Center:
Here’s the big one, literally. At 7’1” 245 lbs, Walker Kessler from UNC would be a game-changing add for the Orange. Obviously it’s a long shot, as the former 5-star recruit might be looking elsewhere, but nonetheless, Syracuse would benefit greatly from the addition of this Georgia native. The talk all throughout this past season and every season for the past 5 years has been about Syracuse not having a good big man. Rakeem Christmas and Fab Melo were the last ones. This would change that narrative. Just imagine a 7-footer anchoring the zone and being able to score well on the offensive end. That would change the trajectory of this team mightily. Here are the highlights of his freshman year:
If Syracuse wants to contend next season they’ve still got to make some additions. Symir Torrence and Cole Swider are nice, but not enough to make them the top 20 team some analysts are projecting them to be. It’s time to make some moves.