The Syracuse Orange were what they were last year because of their transfer talent. They were led by both John Gillon and Andrew White III, two players who were heavily relied on to score, both early and in clutch time situations (we all know what Duke thinks of John Gillon). This year the Orange didn’t make too much noise on the transfer market, but they were able to add scoring guard Geno Thorpe to the roster, a player they expected to help help ease the pressure on Tyus Battle’s shoulders. Well, those expectations can now be forgotten. Thorpe left the Syracuse Basketball program due to personal reasons, a scenario that now leaves a hole off the bench for the Orange. Thorpe hadn’t been succeeding in this young season, but he provided the opportunity to give Battle a breather, and not lose that much in terms of scoring. That safety-net is now gone, and the Orange will look to fill his shoes with freshman guard Howard Washington. Washington has struggled in the earlier part of this young season, prompting co

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