Oshae Brissett NBA Draft: Syracuse star decides to remain in draft – Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Oshae Brissett NBA Draft: Syracuse star decides to remain in draft - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Oshae Brissett to enter NBA draft

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.

Brissetts departure will leave a pretty major hole for the Orange lineup in 2019-20, but also provide a potential reset from the offense of the last few years. Well get to that tomorrow, though.

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.

In any case, congrats to Oshae on his decision and hope he does well in the NBA. The more success former Syracuse players have in the pros, the easier it is to recruit more talent, after all.

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.

Brissett, in his posts via both Instagram and Twitter, wrote that “Syracuse will always be home.” However, he also noted that it’s the right time to fully concentrate on his No. 1 goal of making it to the NBA. He ended, beautifully, with “I will always BLEED ORANGE.”

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.

With his stock apparently rising following a solid performance at the recent NBA Combine, Syracuse basketball forward Oshae Brissett announced via social media on Tuesday evening that he will keep his name in the 2019 NBA Draft, which will take place in about a month.

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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