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Why Did Quadir Copeland Enter The Portal

The transfer portal is total chaos. There are an infinite amount of issues with the current format, probably the biggest being the fact that it is open now when the postseason hasn’t even started. The college basketball world should be focused on the tournament and NIT, not next season. But, in this world that we live in, there’s no choice but to deal with the cards given. Syracuse has to focus on building the roster for next year now.

When looking at next season, most fans assumed that Quadir Copeland was a lock to be a part of next year’s team. He quickly became a fan favorite because if his fun and flashy style of play. Other guys were expected to leave. Justin Taylor has already entered the portal, it’s felt at times like Judah Mintz might already be halfway out the door, and a lot of fans assumed Chris bell would leave as well. No one expected Copeland to enter the portal.

But why would Copeland leave? If fans seem to love him, and the sophomore played at least 20 minutes in just about every game it doesn’t seem to make any sense. The Philly native has already progressed a lot since joining the ‘Cuse and a number of players who fit his build have had major success with the Orange.

The only thing that really makes sense is that there wasn’t a path for Copeland to be a starter. It becomes understandable when you dive into the roster. The only spot where he probably could start next season is as the point guard. With the turnover troubles, which were highlighted with six against NC State in the ACC Tournament, Autry without a doubt would have a major concern with his ability to protect the ball. The Orange have a ton of players who fit Copeland’s slashing style. Copeland just isn’t a threat from the perimeter. He shot just 25% from three this season.

In games the Orange lost this season, they shot just 25% from deep. That is the worst 3PT% in games lost in the country. There’s no reason to think that the slasher could or would add an outside shot to his arsenal.

If Quadir Copeland wants to make it to the NBA, he needs to guarantee himself a starting job and the Orange just wouldn’t be able to do that. Players need to do what is best for themselves. Copeland can turn into a star wherever he goes. He would be a great fit at a Big East school where his scrappiness can shine. We wish all the best to a player who gave SU fans some great memories.

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