Syracuse forward Oshae Brissett has announced that he will remain in the NBA Draft and leave Syracuse basketball after two seasons. Dennis Nett | [email protected]
Syracuse, N.Y. — Syracuse basketball forward Oshae Brissett is leaving Syracuse basketball and staying in the NBA Draft. He announced his decision on Twitter.
Syracuse basketball forward Oshae Brissett will remain in NBA Draft
Brissett played two seasons for the Orange, averaging 14.9 points per game and 8.8 rebounds as a freshman to turn himself into a NBA prospect after just one year at the school. His numbers regressed as a sophomore, when he averaged 12.4 points and 7.5 rebounds.
I want to thank Oshae Brissett for all he did in his two years with our program,” Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said in a statement released by the school. “He was an important part of two NCAA Tournament teams at Syracuse. We appreciate his contributions and now wish him the best of luck.
Even though his numbers dipped, Brissett was Syracuses leading rebounder last year. While he struggled substantially with his consistency and finishing, he was the teams best inside scoring threat. He led the Orange with 33 putbacks, nearly double the next best player on the roster. Syracuses top returning rebounder next season will be forward Elijah Hughes, who averaged 4.3 last season.
While Brissett was not listed as a projected draft pick by any of the prominent mock drafts heading into the pre-draft process, the 6-8 forward from Mississauga, Ontario, decided to test the NBA Draft waters anyway. He earned an invitation to the NBAs G-League Combine and performed well enough that he was one of 11 players to earn an invite to the NBA Draft combine last week. He played well there also.
Brissett shot the ball well from behind the 3-point line in Chicago, something he hadnt done well during the college season (27 percent), and also showed up in great shape, recording the lowest body-fat percentage in more than a decade worth of results and the highest standing vertical leap among forwards that were tested at the event. His greatest attribute is likely his body and athleticism, both of which appear to be NBA quality.
His departure means Syracuse will bring back just one full-time starter from a team that went 20-14 and earned a No. 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament last season, losing in the first round to Baylor. The Orange does return four players who started at least one game.
Syracuse should have some quality options that it can use at the forward spot next season to replace Brissett. Syracuse brings in another promising Canadian forward with an impressive body and high ceiling in four-star recruit Quincy Guerrier, who is 6-foot-7.
The Orange also has a pair of forwards with starting experience in Hughes and Marek Dolezaj, who has been forced to play center for much of his career. Sophomore Robert Braswell gives the Orange an additional option at the position.
Syracuse has also focused much of its recruiting efforts for the Class of 2020 on wing players, including Albany Academys Andre Jackson and Woody Newton, who is expected to pick a college next week.
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