Syracuse basketball fans received news they were bracing for this week.
After Saturday's loss to Houston, Coach Jim Boeheim mentioned that SU would likely lose several players from this year's team to the NCAA transfer portal.
On Tuesday, freshman guard Kadary Richmond was reported to be joining the transfer portal, as well. Richmond saw his minutes increase over the course of the regular season. The Brooklyn native scored in double digits in five games this season, but scored just a combined 17 points in Syracuse's three NCAA Tournament games.
This comes a day after Syracuse reserve forward John Bol Ajak became the first member of this year’s team to test the transfer portal. Bol Ajak appeared in just 10 games this season for the Orange. The redshirt freshman was a three-star prospect in the class of 2019. He committed to SU over offers from Pittsburgh and UConn.
But the center wasn't the only member of this year’s team to enter into the transfer portal Monday.
Redshirt sophomore forward Robert Braswell also entered the transfer portal. The addition of Braswell on Monday can be viewed as a little bit of a surprise. Braswell had started to earn the trust of Boeheim, playing in every NCAA Tournament game, including logging a season-high 29 minutes in the Orange's upset victory over West Virginia.
Overall, Braswell appeared in 24 games for the Orange this past season after only appearing in 19 career games over the previous two seasons.
Both John Bol Ajak's and Robert Braswell's transfer news were first reported by VerbalCommits.com.
Teams throughout Division I basketball have seen an big increase in the number of players looking to transfer after the NCAA said it would grant a one-time exemption to its rule that transfers must sit for a full season before suiting up for their new team.
But that's not all, forward Quincy Guerrier has announced that he is going to test the NBA waters. Guerrier would be the biggest loss if he were to leave. He averaged 14 points this season and was one of the team's leading rebounders. However, if Guerrier doesn't like what he hears from NBA executives and scouts, he can back out and return to school.
As for the rest of the team, only Buddy Boeheim has made it clear that he is staying so far.
Both Marek Dolezaj and Bourama Sidibe have graduated, but can return for one more season thanks to the NCAA granting seniors to an extra year of eligibility. Neither have announced what they are doing yet.