Evaluation: Thorpe is a combo guard who can play as a pure point or play off the ball. He brings size at 6-foot-4, which should fit in well at both ends of the floor. His length and reputation as a strong defender should ease the transition into the zone as well as give the Orange better guard play defensively.
Offensively, Thorpe can do a bit of everything. He has a solid dribble-drive game, and combines that with an excellent outside shot. Thorpe shot 37.5% from three-point range last season. As an off the ball offensive player, Thorpe can stretch a defense and run off screens.
As a point guard, Thorpe can penetrate, set up others with good looks and run the offense in the half-court. With his athleticism and quickness, Thorpe is also strong in transition.
Recruiting Impact: Thorpe's addition means Eric Ayala will not join Syracuse in 2017. He is still on the board in 2018, however. It also frees up a scholarship in the 2018 cycle since Thorpe will exhaust his eligibility after the 2017-18 campaign. Rather than bringing in an Ayala or Tucker, who would have used a scholarship for more than one season.
How He Fits: This is a perfect fit for Syracuse. Geno Thorpe gives Syracuse depth in the backcourt, experience at the point and versatility to play either guard spot. It means that a three-man guard rotation of Thorpe, Battle and Howard will have scoring prowess, shooting ability, length and shooting.
Final Thought: Thorpe is a big get for Syracuse's 2017-18 season. He provides needed depth in the backcourt, can play either spot, and brings experience. He is the perfect player to round out the roster.