|Posted on April 1, 2021 at 9:05 PM|
Article by Dan Tortora
With the decisions by true freshman point guard Kadary Richmond, redshirt-freshman center John Bol Ajak, and redshirt-sophomore forward Robert Braswell to all enter the transfer portal, the Syracuse Orange men's basketball depth has definitely taken a hit.
Add in sophomore forward Quincy Guerrier entering his name into the National Basketball Association (NBA) Draft and Syracuse Orange fans have now developed a twitch.
But do not count Guerrier out yet.
From sources close to the situation, nothing is a done deal.
In the world we currently live in, college basketball student-athletes are free to test the waters of the NBA and still return to their respective college or university after doing so.
Guerrier has until 5pmET on Monday, July 19, of this year to pull his name from the NBA Draft.
As long as he takes his name out of the draft before the deadline, and does not hire an agent at all in this process, he is free to come back onto the Syracuse roster for what would be his junior campaign.
This decision by Guerrier is being viewed by those close to the situation as a way for him to gauge where he is at, what the NBA likes and what they want to see him work on.
It is a fluid process.
The draft combine will happen from Monday, June 21st, through Sunday, June 27th.
Simply put, if Guerrier hears enough good information and his stock is high, there is a better chance that he keeps his name in the draft no matter how he was thinking initially heading into the process.
If he is heading in thinking to stay in the draft but his feedback is not as positive or where he feels it needs to be, he could change his mind and return to the Syracuse.
So Orange fans need not think his name in the draft is a concrete move to leave Syracuse for good.
It may happen, or it may not, and nothing is currently set in stone, according to sources close to the situation.
Guerrier has shown signs of strong inside presence, an outside shot, and living in the double-double world, but has not been consistent in any of these areas.
As a true freshman in the 2019-20 season, Guerrier played in 32 games, coming off the bench in each of them, averaging 6.9 points and 5.3 rebounds in 20.3 minutes per game.
This past season (2020-21), Guerrier elevated to a starting role, playing and starting in all 28 games, averaging just shy of a double-double with 13.7 points and 8.4 rebounds in 32.9 minutes per game.
With the majority of his shots coming from inside the arc, Guerrier has made 55-56% of his attempts over his two seasons at Syracuse.
The future of Guerrier rests on how he performs in front of and what he hears from the NBA.
This, therefore, puts the future of the Orange roster in a holding pattern.
But if Guerrier does return to don the orange and blue once again, fans should anticipate it will be for one last time, expecting him to leave for the NBA following his junior season.