Geno Thorpe was expected to be a big contributor to a young Syracuse basketball team this season after transferring from USF, but he has left the program.
Thorpe, who started his career at Penn State, led USF in scoring last year with 15.1 points per game. Syracuse brought in the graduate transfer as part of a rotation that includes sophomore star guard Tyus Battle and junior point guard Frank Howard, who is having a breakout season thus far.
Instead, Thorpe had struggled to really make a huge impact. Through six games, Thorpe payed the eighth most minutes per night with 14.6, averaging 6 points per contest. He played just four minutes in Syracuse’s 72-70 over Maryland on Monday night.
Now, he is no longer with the program. Syracuse unexpectedly announced his departure this afternoon.
Graduate student Geno Thorpe has left the Syracuse men’s basketball program for personal reasons.
— Syracuse Basketball (@Cuse_MBB) December 1, 2017
The announcement came as Syracuse departs for Miami, where it will face Kansas in a big neutral site game on Saturday afternoon.
According to The Daily Orange, frustration with his playing time was the impetus for Thorpe’s departure.
He left the program, at least in part, because of he was unhappy with his playing time, multiple sources told The Daily Orange. Thorpe left Penn State at the end of the 2013-14 season for the same reason.
Thorpe’s departure leaves Syracuse with just three scholarship guards, two of whom head coach Jim Boeheim has shown confidence in. Howard is averaging 15.7 points and six assists per game, playing 34 minutes per night. Battle has been Syracuse’s top player this season, averaging 19.7 points per game thus far. He scored 18 points vs. Maryland despite playing through an injury suffered in the previous game against Toledo.
The third guard is little-used freshman Howard Washington, who will likely see his role increase now. The 6-foot-3 freshman has played 20 total minutes in three games this season, appearing against Cornell, Texas Southern, and Oakland. He is 0-for-2 for the year, but has dished out four total assists and grabbed three rebounds, all vs. Oakland.
Syracuse faces No. 2 Kansas at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. Both teams are 6-0.