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Brycen Goodine is playing his senior season at the University of Oklahoma

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The next stop on Brycen Goodine’s basketball journey is the University of Oklahoma.

After an impressive year at Fairfield University, in which Goodine finished as one of the nation’s top 3-point shooters, the New Bedford native announced he will head west to play for the Sooners in his senior year at qualifies.

“When I was younger, I always wondered where I was going to end up playing,” said Goodine, 24, who also worked at Syracuse University and Providence College. “I never thought it would be somewhere in the Midwest and in the SEC (Southeastern Conference), but I guess that’s why I chose it. It’s something different and something I haven’t tried before. I’m excited about it.”

Oklahoma finished the 2023-2024 season with a 20-12 overall record, but failed to make the NCAA Tournament as the first team to be left out on Selection Sunday.

“I get the feeling from the coaching staff that they have a really big plan for our team,” Goodine said. “They want us to go to March Madness. That’s the culture I want to be a part of – on the biggest stage possible. It’s going to be fun.”

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Goodine said he was amazed at what the University of Oklahoma had to offer.

“It’s definitely at the top of the elite in terms of the resources and the technology that they have, their coaching staff and their mentality in their approach to athletics,” he said. “I’m curious to see how I do in such an environment.”

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Finishing his college career at Oklahoma is more meaningful for Goodine, who had to battle back from a torn meniscus he suffered when he first arrived in Fairfield in 2022.

“When I got hurt, I thought it was over,” he admitted. “As you can see, I’m still here, so you never know what could happen.”

A determined Goodine spent his long offseason improving several aspects of his game.

“I was able to sit back and think about the parts of my games that needed work,” he said. ‘To be honest, I didn’t even do any photography. I said, ‘I know I can shoot. What other ways can I find out how to score?’ I concentrated on ball handling, my footwork and my strength.”

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Goodine started the first few games of his redshirt junior year at Fairfield, but missed an early part of the season when his son Koen was born.

When Goodine returned, he burst into tears.

He scored 40 points in a win over Siena on January 5 and scored 37 points in a win over Canisius on March 7, owning the two highest scoring games of the season in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

“I heard about the power from my father, but I didn’t know it until I got it,” he said. “It’s just willpower. That’s what father power is. It ensures that I give 100% effort. Not that I haven’t done that before, but it makes me do that every time I’m there.”

Goodine came off the bench in 24 of the 31 games this year and relished his role.

“My mentality was no matter what I do, whether I come off the bench or start, I’m going to play the same way,” he said. “I could look before I went in and I could visualize what the team was missing and what we needed and I said, ‘I’m going to go in and do that’ – whether it’s rebounding or we’re not driving or we’re playing with little energy.

“Every time I tried to come in with a spark of energy, no matter what.”

Goodine made 77 three-pointers in 2023-2024. He ranked third in NCAA Division I in catch-and-shoot 3-pointers, knocking down 49% of his shots on four attempts per outing.

“Brycen was one of the best three-point shooters in the country last season,” Oklahoma head coach Porter Moser said in a news release. “He can score in different ways and brings his athleticism and length to the game. He has a goalscoring mentality combined with a high level of efficiency.”

Last season, Goodine averaged 13.9 points, 3 rebounds and 1.4 assists and was named the MAAC Sixth Player of the Year.

“That was a team award because without my team having success and getting recognition, I don’t think I would have been nominated for that,” Goodine said.

Fairfield, which finished the season with a 24-13 overall record, lost to Saint Peter’s in the 2024 MAAC Championship and to Seattle in the semifinals of the Ro College Basketball Invitational.

Goodine’s path from Bishop Stang to Oklahoma

Goodine’s dream of playing college basketball started long before he brought Bishop Stang to the Div. 3 state championship in 2016, but he didn’t expect it to take so many turns.

After winning the NEPSAC Class AA championship his senior year at St. Andrews School in Barrington, Goodine spent a season at Syracuse University (2019-2020), where he played in 23 games and averaged 1. 9 points and 1.0 rebounds.

He then transferred to Providence College, where he helped the Friars reach the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2022. He played a total of 37 games in his two years at Providence and averaged just under 2 points.

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Goodine played in four games at Fairfield before hurting his knee.

“At each place I’ve made small chips compared to what I have now,” he said, noting that playing at this level is a full-time commitment. “It’s not even about playing and training; that’s two hours a day, but it doesn’t stop when you leave the gym. It has to be your lifestyle. Every morning you wake up and get ready and make sure you eat or take care of your body and recover.

“Those are all things I didn’t understand when I was younger. That’s what I learned that helped me succeed here. You can’t achieve that by just coming to train, because no one does that just like that.”

Goodine said he is looking forward to his time in Oklahoma.

“My goal for this year is to be a professional both on and off the field; I can just be good at what I do,” he said. “I feel like if I do that, I’ll get a lot of opportunities after that and who knows where I’ll end up.”

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