Basketball Recruiting

Syracuse adds 3-star Class of 2019 guard Brycen Goodine

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Goodine is Syracuse's first recruit in the Class of 2019.

Three-star shooting guard Brycen Goodine committed to Syracuse on Wednesday night, he announced on Twitter.

“I went to the school and just fell in love with it,” Goodine told the Daily Orange. “It was awesome. I could just tell that it’s a family up there and I wanted to be a part of it.”

The Class of 2019 recruit chose the Orange after a short, heavy recruiting period this summer, Goodine said. He picked SU over Boston College, reportedly his only other offer. 247Sports.com reported that Goodine received interest from Connecticut, Florida and California, among others.

The 6-foot-4, 170-pound guard from St. Andrews (Rhode Island) School is ranked the 30th shooting guard in the 2019 class and second-best player out of Massachusetts, per 247Sports. Goodine is the SU’s first commitment in Jim Boeheim’s 2019 class.

Syracuse first saw Goodine at Nike EYBL Peach Jam, where he averaged 4.6 points per game on 25 percent shooting from the field. The Orange’s assistant coach Gerry McNamara attended every game the high school junior played in, Goodine said, but that he didn’t introduce himself until soon after in Florida.

Former SU assistant Mike Hopkins had a good relationship with St. Andrews coach Mike Hart, but Hopkins departed Syracuse in March for Washington.

“He’s done great (in recruiting),” Hart said of McNamara.

Goodine was playing in the AAU Nationals and the AAU Super Showcase in Florida in July when he met McNamara.

“He’s been everywhere,” Hart said, “but he just decided this was the place.”

Hart described his player as a “sweet-shooting point guard.” He also said Goodine can score and pass. He played more off the ball at St. Andrews last year, but Hart plans to move him more onto the ball this season.

“He’s very good defensively, too,” Hart said. “And he’s no maintenance. Not low maintenance, no maintenance.”

Hart met Goodine when Goodine’s mother stopped Hart at a basketball game between Rhode Island and Brown. Then, after talking for a short time, Goodine enrolled at St. Andrews.

If no current Syracuse player leaves for the draft, Goodine will join Tyus Battle and Elijah Hughes as the team’s shooting guards.

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