Brycen Goodine Receives NCAA Waiver, Immediately Eligible To Play For Friars

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Providence College Press Release

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – It was announced today (October 28) that sophomore guard Brycen Goodine is eligible to compete for the Providence men’s basketball team this season. The NCAA granted Goodine a transfer waiver and he has immediate eligibility to play at Providence for the 2020-21 season.

“Brycen adds athleticism to our roster,” Providence Head Coach Ed Cooley said.  “He also adds another dimension because he can make shots from the perimeter.   We’re excited to have him here and hopefully he can contribute to a winning team.”

Goodine will add to the Friars’ back court. A New Bedford, Mass. native, Goodine transferred to the Friars following one season at Syracuse University, where he played in 23 games for the Orange. In his freshman season he averaged 1.9 points and 1.0 rebounds per game and hit the game winning shot in a win over Wake Forest (2/8/20).  A former Rhode Island Gatorade Player of the Year, he attended St. Andrew’s School in Barrington, R.I., where he averaged 21.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg and 5.5 apg in his senior season.  Goodine finished his high school career ranked as the No. 77 player in the country in 2019, according to ESPN.com.

Providence was selected to finish third of 11 teams in the BIG EAST Preseason Coaches’ Poll, which was released on October 28.  The Friars, who return three starters from last season, finished 2019-20 with a 19-12 overall and a team record 12 wins in BIG EAST play. The Friars entered the 2020 BIG EAST Tournament as hot as any team in the country.  The team had won six straight and eight of 10 games to close the regular season with a NET ranking of 37.  The squad finished fourth in league standings and was set to play fifth-seeded Butler on March 12 in the BIG EAST Tournament.  However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic the BIG EAST and NCAA Tournaments were cancelled.  The Friars were projected to be a No. 7 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

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