Oshae Brissett has been magical since signing with the Indiana Pacers earlier this season. In 21 regular season games this year (16 starts), Brissett’s stats were as follows:
The kid from Mississauga has been proving haters wrong left and right, as well as making his Orange family proud along the way.
Last night he got his first chance to show off under the lights of an NBA playoff game, and show off he did. The Syracuse product led the Pacers with 23 points, while also corralling 5 rebounds and dishing a couple of assists.
All questions now point to whether he’s able to keep this up or not and how much he’ll grow from here. Also, what does this mean for Syracuse’s recruiting? The Fizz already has you covered with an answer to that.
Oshae went undrafted back in 2019 after a not-so-stellar sophomore year in Orange. The forward was incredibly impactful in his freshman season only for his numbers to drop across the board. Not many thought he’d get this kind of chance in the NBA once the 2018-19 campaign came to a close. Then he put on a clinic on never giving up and scraped his way to an opportunity at the highest level and took advantage.
Oshae is one of three SU alums in the playoffs this season. His old teammate, Elijah Hughes is there with the Utah Jazz. Hughes hasn’t had a ton of time on the court this season, just averaging 3.6 MPG through 18 games. Though as we all learned in his final season at SU he can be whatever you need on the offensive end whenever you need it. The third member of course is the future hall-of-famer, Carmelo Anthony, who’s playing solid minutes off the bench with the Portland Trailblazers. Melo’s come off the bench for Dame and company, putting up a solid 13.4 PPG, shooting over 40% from distance. Here’s to hoping Brissett and Hughes can follow in the footsteps of the man who brought a championship to the salt city and help to squash the narrative regarding Syracuse players being unable to compete, especially defensively in the NBA.