University of South Florida graduate transfer Geno Thorpe has left the Syracuse basketball team for personal reasons.
“His departure comes after he played a season-low four minutes against Maryland [last] Monday,” wrote the Daily Orange’s Sam Fortier of Thorpe. “ He left the program, at least in part, because he was unhappy with his playing time.”
The 6-4 guard was averaging only 6 points in 14 minutes a game this season for Syracuse.
Last year Thorpe led USF in scoring and assists, averaging 15.1 points and 4.6 dimes.
Syracuse.com’s Mike Waters had predicted that Thorpe would be a great fit for the Orange.
“Thorpe can play both guard positions,” Waters wrote. “He will help fill out Syracuse’s thin backcourt, which consists of sophomore Tyus Battle, the returning starter at the off-guard spot; junior Frank Howard, who served as the backup at the point last year; and freshman point guard Howard Washington.”
But now Thorpe is gone.
Thorpe transferred to South Florida from Penn State, where he was the team’s fourth leading scorer as a sophomore, averaging 8.7 points and 2.6 rebounds in only 24 minutes a game.
He also led the Nittany Lions in free-throw shooting that season, sinking a team-high 83.9 percent (94-112) from the charity stripe.
ESPN’s No. 58 ranked point guard in the 2013 high school class, Thorpe averaged 26.3 points as a senior at Shaler HS (Pittsburgh, PA) when he led WPIAL in scoring and was a two-time Pennsylvania Class AAAA First-Team selection.
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