Syracuse basketball just added a player of huge need, with the transfer of former USF guard Geno Thorpe.
The Syracuse Post-Standard reports that Thorpe committed to the Orange after visiting the school over the last two days.
Thorpe, a 6-foot-4 guard, visited Syracuse on Thursday and Friday. He chose the Orange after also considering Pittsburgh and Seton Hall. He has one year of eligibility remaining and will be able to play immediately next season.
Syracuse has needed serious retooling, after losing two previous grad transfer guards—Andrew White and John Gillon—to graduation, and star forward Tyler Lydon to the NBA Draft. The three were among SU's best shooters, another gap that Thorpe will fill. The Pittsburgh native averaged 15.1 points per game, hitting 37.5-percent of his shots from deep last season.
Thorpe should also fit in well defensively, assuming he can adapt to Syracuse's famous 2-3 Zone quick. At 6-foot-4, he is a big guard, which pays dividends at the top of Jim Boeheim's zone. He'll be lined up next to 6-foot-7 shooting guard Tyus Battle, a former five-star recruit looking to take off as a sophomore in 2017-18.
Thorpe began his college career at Penn State, playing two years for the Nittany Lions before heading to USF ahead of the 2015-16 season, which he sat out. The Bulls were one of the worst teams in the AAC last year, but Thorpe was the team's best player in his lone year of eligibility in Tampa.