John Sinis Goes Pro, Leaves the University of San Diego


Feb. 23, 2013; Spokane, WA, USA; San Diego Toreros head coach Bill Grier looks on during a game against the Gonzaga Bulldogs during the first half at the McCarthey Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

The University of San Diego announced today that they would be without 6’9” junior forward John Sinis for the next two seasons. Sinis has signed a contract to play with Greek club AGO Rethimno. The following is his explanation for leaving the Torero’s in order to pursue his professional career overseas:

“After long consideration I made the difficult decision to leave my studies and college basketball to pursue my life’s goal and start my professional caree,… I would like to thank USD from the bottom of my heart for giving me the opportunity to fulfill one of my dreams to play basketball in the NCAA, develop as a player and to be part of such a prestigious university like USD.”

In the grand scheme of things, Sinis’s departure will not hurt USD. However, its depth could take a serious hit for the 2013-2014 season. The only post player on the San Diego roster that contributed a ton was sophomore forward/center Jito Kok. Other than that, there wasn’t a whole lot. Although Sinis only averaged 4.1 points and 2.7 rebounds last season, he was expected to improve his stat line along with senior forward Dennis Kramer. Another ramification to come out of Sinis’s departure is freshman Brett Bailey’s inevitable increased role. Any talks of Bailey redshirting have likely gone right out the window due to the junior forward deciding to leave. Not only will Bailey need to play this season, but he will need to play a significant role.