The Marquette University men’s basketball team has announced the signing of guard Symir Torrence (Syracuse, N.Y./Vermont Academy), head coach Steve Wojciechowski announced Friday night.
Torrence, a 6-3, 190-pounder, will arrive on campus this summer and have four seasons of eligibility with the Golden Eagles. Originally committed to MU for the class of 2020, Torrence graduated from Vermont Academy this spring and will enroll at Marquette this summer.
“We are thrilled to welcome Symir to the Marquette family,” Wojciechowski said. “He has established himself as a winner, leader and a player who makes the people around him better, both on and off the court. “We can’t wait for him to get to campus and get started.”
A nationally ranked recruit, Torrence is currently rated 44th in the 2020 class by 247Sports.com, 46th by ESPN.com and 49th by Rivals.com.
The Syracuse, N.Y., native helped Vermont Academy to the NEPSAC AA semifinals in 2018-19 under head coach Alexander Popp, earning First Team All-New England accolades along the way. He chipped in 19.4 points, 10.2 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game from his guard position, averaging a double-double on the year. Torrence was named the team’s most valuable player and he set the school’s record for charges taken in a season (37).
During his junior campaign with the Wildcats, Torrence averaged 17.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.1 steals per contest. He was tabbed First Team All-New England and also earned the program’s most valuable player honor.
As a sophomore at Syracuse Science Academy in 2016-17, he averaged 21.6 points, 7.0 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game and knocked down 67 3-pointers on the year. He was tabbed First Team All-CNY that season. Torrence has played on the AAU circuit for the Albany City Rocks. He was also a member of the varsity squad as a freshman.
Marquette’s guard corps now includes the addition of four talented players, including Torrence, who didn’t see action for the Golden Eagles in the program’s 24-win, NCAA tournament campaign in 2018-19. Sophomore Greg Elliott redshirted after suffering a preseason hand injury. He appeared in 35 games (four starts) as a freshman in 2017-18, averaging nearly 20 minutes per contest.
Junior Koby McEwen sat out last season per NCAA transfer rules after spending two years at Utah State. He was a Third Team All-Mountain West performer as a sophomore in 2017-18, starting each of the 30 games in which he appeared while contributing 15.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game.
Freshman Dexter Akanno (6-4, 200), who prepped a Blair Academy (NJ) in 2018-19, rounds out the two-member freshman class. He helped the program to the state’s Prep A Championship and contributed 13.0 points, 6.5 assists and 5.0 rebounds per game.