Providence Friars guard Brycen Goodine has officially decided to enter the transfer portal. The 6’4” two-guard played one season at Syracuse before transferring to Providence, where he played the last two seasons coming off the bench.
Goodine actually saw his minutes decrease from his Sophomore year (8.6 mpg) to his Junior year (5.8 mpg) as the Friars took advantage of the transfer portal with the addition of Al Durham, who was a mainstay in the starting lineup and led the team in minutes per game, averaging 34.3 per contest. With incoming transfers Noah Locke and Devin Carter making their way to Providence, along with Freshmen Jayden Pierre and Quante Berry, the backcourt the Friars is looking to be the most crowded it has been in quite a while. Big East 6th Man of the Year Jared Bynum will be returning to lead the Friars at the point guard position and Alyn Breed has solidified his spot in the pecking order above Goodine the last two seasons, so it made sense for Goodine to seek an opportunity to get significant playing time at another school.
It is really too bad because Goodine showed flashes of very good play, being able to knock down threes in bunches (4 in a 77-72 win over Northwestern in the Roman Legends Classic) and showing off his insane athleticism at points during his time in Providence. He has a long frame and solid build that also made for displays of quickness on the defense end as well.
From all accounts, he is a fantastic teammate and will be a great addition to wherever he chooses to transfer to next. Goodine is a former Top-100 ranked recruit. I could seem him potentially thriving at a number of other schools in the Northeast including UMass or Bryant. Bryant is sneakily crushing it in the transfer market this year, adding St. Peter’s Doug Edert, Memphis’ Earl Timberlake, URI’s Atwan Walker, as well as additional players from Hofstra, La Salle, George Mason, & St. Francis PA. The talent pool at Bryant is absolutely taking a step up for their first year in the America East Conference, a year after winning the Northeast Conference Tournament.
If it weren’t for players getting an additional year of eligibility due to COVID, I could easily have envisioned Goodine scratching his way into a bigger role for the Friars. Brycen has two years of eligibility remaining, including that additional COVID year, and I wish him nothing but the absolute best going forward. I’ll be following him at his next stop, no doubt.
The Friars will now have three open scholarships for next season and may be adding some guys soon (*cough* Bryce Hopkins *cough* Corey Floyd Jr. *cough*). You can check out the updated scholarship matrix for PC here.