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NCAAB · 6 months ago

The Top 100 Players from this Year’s College Basketball Transfer Portal

David Connelly - SportsGrid

David Connelly - SportsGrid

The Top 100 Players from this Year’s College Basketball Transfer Portal

The college basketball offseason is officially underway, and the transfer portal is firing on all cylinders.

As we catch you up on all the names from across the country, we rank the 100 best transfers this offseason.

1. Hunter Dickinson – Michigan to Kansas

Dickinson remains the biggest name in the portal as one of the few centers in college basketball that can take over a game. His exit was a surprise for Michigan, and he recently had a Zoom call with Kentucky earlier this week. Kansas, Georgetown, Maryland, and Villanova are reportedly in the mix.

2. Ryan Nembhard – Creighton to Gonzaga

Nembhard is coming off one of the best performances of this year’s NCAA Tournament, pouring in 30 points against Baylor in the Round of 32. He received tons of high-major interest once he entered the portal, but he’s chosen to follow in his brother Andrew’s footsteps and head to Gonzaga next season.

3. LJ Cryer – Baylor to Houston

Cryer is a product of Baylor’s elite bunch of guards over the past few seasons and will provide a program with a 40 percent three-point shooter with solid handles. He was among the most efficient scorers in the Big 12 in 2022-23.

4. Max Abmas – Oral Roberts to Texas

Abmas became a well-known mid-major star in college basketball during Oral Roberts’s Sweet 16 run in 2019. He is one of the best shooters in the sport and will provide immediate offense to the program that scoops him up.

5. Kerr Kriisa – Arizona to West Virginia

Kriisa was the general of a fast-paced, exciting, and efficient Arizona offense for the past two seasons under head coach Tommy Lloyd. The Estonian helped lead the Wildcats to its best finish on KenPom since 2015 under Sean Miller. He’ll now head cross-country with hopes of further NCAA Tournament success at West Virginia.

6. Tramon Mark – Houston to Arkansas

Mark was part of an elite backcourt trio with teammates Marcus Sasser and Jamal Shead. He showed how elite he can be as an on-ball defender with his length while being an offensive option that can get hot at any moment. Arkansas will continue to have elite guard play as long as Mark is apart of their program.

7. Jordan Dingle – Penn to St. John’s

Dingle has been a 20+ PPG scorer for two consecutive seasons and is well-deserving of a spot in the top five of this list. He is a bona fide three-level scorer with smooth movement in his game, making him a joy to watch. St. John’s has continued its banner offseason, landing last season’s second-leading scorer in the nation for his senior season.

8. RayJ Dennis – Toledo to Baylor

Dennis is the most complete guard currently in the transfer portal. He is the epitome of a stat sheet stuffer, averaging 19.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, 5.8 assists, and 1.5 steals per game as a 48.5 percent shooter from the floor. Despite rumors of Michigan and Illinois being in the race for Dennis, he’s off to Baylor, where he’ll take over a brand new backcourt for the Bears.

9. Jalen Cook – Tulane to LSU

Cook is one of college basketball’s least-recognized superstars. After transferring from LSU following his freshman season, Cook put together two elite seasons at Tulane leading to All-AAC First-Team selections after both campaigns. He averaged 19.9 points and 4.9 assists in 2022-23 and will hope to see a bigger role this time around with the Tigers.

10. JJ Starling – Notre Dame to Syracuse

Due to Notre Dame’s lackluster season, Starling’s solid freshman year went largely unnoticed in the national spotlight. Though he has room for improvement in the efficiency and playmaking aspects of his game, he’s a serious talent that should bring hope and excitement to the post-Boeheim era in upstate New York.

11. Arthur Kaluma – Creighton to Kansas State

As a double-digit scorer during his two seasons at Creighton, Kaluma comes in second on this list. He’ll be a contributor right away on any team in the nation and provides an athletic wing that can score and rebound at a high clip. There’s a chance he could go pro, as some reports have stated he is prioritizing the NBA Draft.

12. Kadin Shedrick – Virginia to Texas

Shedrick is one of college basketball’s most efficient players. He shot 65 percent from the floor in 2022-23 and blocked 1.4 shots per game, making him an effective player on both ends. His free-throw shooting has also seen improvement, going from 67 percent his sophomore season to 79 percent a season ago. Shedrick will be at Texas next season, a program that loses a boatload of production from last season’s Elite Eight roster.

13. Jesse Edwards – Syracuse to West Virginia

Edwards blossomed into a star center during his senior season with Syracuse but threw his hat into the portal following the departure of head coach Jim Boeheim. He runs the floor well and is a menace down low on the defensive end. Edwards has committed to West Virginia, which has had the best offseason in college basketball thus far.

14. Jameer Nelson Jr. – Delaware to TCU

A familiar name to most basketball fans, Jameer Nelson Jr. was one of mid-major basketball’s best scorers last season, averaging north of 20 points per game on one of the most fun teams in the nation. He possesses the same on-ball scoring ability as his father and may be more athletic to boot.

15. Harrison Ingram – Stanford to North Carolina

Ingram is a former McDonald’s All-American who showed the capability to be an elite player but wasn’t in the best situation with the Cardinal. He has committed to North Carolina, where he’ll make an immediate impact and could even become a household name by New Year’s.

16. Kel’el Ware – Oregon to Indiana

Ware only saw 15.8 minutes per game in his freshman year, but what he did with those minutes is what stands out most. He averaged 16.8 points and 10.3 rebounds per 40 minutes and looked raw on the court. He’ll have big shoes to fill in the paint in Bloomington with Trayce Jackson-Davis off to the NBA.

17. Tylor Perry – North Texas to Kansas State

Perry is one of the top mid-major players you may not have heard about in college hoops. The rising junior is an elite shooter from beyond the arc, knocking down 41 percent of his threes last season. He’s not always a spot-up shooter, creating his shot when needed. Perry is off to Kansas State next season, where he’ll look to fill in for the loss of guard Markquis Nowell.

18. Grant Nelson – North Dakota State to Alabama

Due to his ability to dribble drive, shoot, and move so well with his 6’10” frame, Grant Nelson turned into a Twitter sensation throughout the 2022-23 season, with many thinking he had a realistic chance at the NBA. After over a month into the NBA Draft process, Nelson has withdrawn his name and will play for Alabama next season. The Crimson Tide may have a crucial chess piece in Tuscaloosa next season.

19. Graham Ike – Wyoming to Gonzaga

After a dominant 2021-22 season, ending with a trip to the NCAA Tournament, Ike missed the entirety of last season due to a lower leg injury. He is a bowling ball in the paint with eccentric footwork and rim-scoring ability. Despite being quite dissimilar from Drew Timme’s playstyle, he’ll do well to fill in the frontcourt for the departed star.

20. Joseph Girard – Syracuse to Clemson

Girard is one of four departures from Syracuse following the retirement of head coach Jim Boeheim. He’ll make the rare intraconference transfer and not even have to change colors as he’ll play for Brad Brownell at Clemson next season. The grad transfer is a 36 percent three-point shooter capable of being on-ball out of the backcourt but can struggle with finishing in the paint due to his 6’1″ frame.

21. Zyon Pullin – UC Riverside to Florida

Despite being a late portal entry, Pullin slots right into the top five available players with elite scoring and playmaking ability. Florida will be home for Pullin in the 2022-24 season where he will team up with fellow mid-major star and Iona transfer Walter Clayton Jr. with hopes of bringing the Gators back to the NCAA Tournament.

22. Ace Baldwin – VCU to Penn State

Baldwin gets it done at both ends of the floor. He is constantly in command of the VCU offense while harassing the star player on the defensive end. He’ll be asked to fill the massive shoes All-Big Ten First Team star Jalen Pickett left behind.

23. Khalif Battle – Temple to Arkansas

Although injuries have limited his availability over the past few seasons, Battle finally put together a healthy year in 2022-23 where he averaged 17.9 points while knocking down 90 percent of his free throws. He should do well to add to the immense legacy Arkansas is building of great guard play.

24. Caleb Love – North Carolina to Arizona

Love was set to be a Michigan Wolverine after a fairly quick time in the transfer portal until May 17, when FOX Sports reporter John Fanta tweeted that Love would be decommitting from Michigan after his credits did not successfully transfer from North Carolina. Love struggled in his junior season with the Tar Heels – specifically from beyond the arc – and will seek a fresh start at Arizona for his senior campaign.

25. Dalton Knecht – Northern Colorado to Tennessee

Knecht was a 20+ PPG scorer in the Big Sky a season ago and will face a difficult jump to a much better league next season in the SEC with Tennessee. The jury is still out on whether he’ll be able to handle it, but his scoring prowess cannot be ignored.

26. Aaron Estrada – Hofstra to Alabama

Estrada has been terrorizing CAA schools for two seasons, providing electric performances. His all-around scoring ability means you can’t give him an inch from anywhere on the court. He has eight games with 30 or more points since the start of 2022 and will serve a major role for Alabama in 2023-24.

27. Jordan Wright – Vanderbilt to LSU

When Jordan Wright converted a clutch fadeaway game-winning bucket against Kentucky in March, we already knew he was capable of such magic as a steady presence for the Commodores over the past four seasons. What we did learn was his impact off the court on head coach Jerry Stackhouse after he fought back the tears in the post-game presser when asked about Wright. Wright’s an easy player to root for who should find serious playing time at LSU, and seems like every coach’s dream.

28. Sahvir Wheeler – Kentucky to Washington

Last season didn’t go how Sahvir Wheeler planned, and a chance of scenery may be best for his future. He still provides high-level playmaking and game sense, putting his ceiling as one of the better point guards in the country. We’ll see if he can bring some success to a Washington program without it for over a decade now.

29. Walter Clayton – Iona to Florida

Clayton burst onto the scene in the MAAC during his sophomore season, averaging 16.8 points per contest under head coach Rick Pitino and taking home MAAC Player of the Year. He’ll now head back to his home state of Florida and play for a Gators team that should be ranked in the AP Preseason Top 25.

30. Fardaws Aimaq – Texas Tech to California

Aimaq’s stint with Texas Tech was shortlived, and now he’ll look for a fresh start out west with California. Aimaq’s most known for his time at Utah Valley, where he averaged a ridiculous 16.9 points and 14.2 rebounds in 54 starts across two seasons.

31. Jordan Brown – Louisiana to Memphis

Boasting some of the best footwork in college basketball, Brown finally found his home at Louisiana where he thrived with the Ragin’ Cajuns all the way to the NCAA Tournament. He’s now off to play for Penny Hardaway at Memphis in his final collegiate season.

32. Brandon Murray – Georgetown to Ole Miss

Murray was a rare silver lining during a bleak season for Georgetown, averaging 13.7 points per game for the Hoyas after transferring in from LSU. He’ll head back to the SEC next season to give it a go with newly-appointed head coach Chris Beard in hopes of revitalizing what’s been a sleeping basketball program in Oxford.

33. Tre White – USC to Louisville

White showed promise as a lengthy guard at USC as a highly-touted recruit from Dallas, Texas. He’ll need to improve on his three-point shooting to take his game to another level, but he’s an athletic wing that could be a solid starter for virtually any program in the nation.

34. Matthew Cleveland – Florida State to Miami

A five-star recruit out of high school, Cleveland didn’t quite see the level of team success he had hoped for when he committed to Florida State. He’s one of the nation’s least-appreciated talents at a Power 6 program, given the lack of national attention the Seminoles have seen since he arrived on campus. Hopefully, he’ll see more national recognition as he transitions to Miami.

35. TJ Bamba – Washington State to Villanova

Bamba took a major step in his junior year, doubling his scoring output and stepping into a full-time starting role with the Cougs. He displayed enough ability to get the attention of Villanova from across the country, where he’ll be much closer to his Bronx roots than out in Pullman.

36. Posh Alexander – St. John’s to Butler

After an electric freshman season in 2020-21, Alexander has plateaued over his previous two seasons with the Red Storm. The point guard has an excellent burst with a knack for scoring at the rim, but his inability to score from beyond the arc and a lack of size sometimes limit his ability. That said, he will provide some much-needed backcourt talent to Butler next season.

37. Javian McCollum – Siena to Oklahoma

McCollum developed into a bonafide MAAC superstar in his sophomore campaign and immediately looked like he was a big fish in a small pond. As most in his spot have done across mid-major conferences in college hoops, he dropped his name into the portal where the Sooners came calling for his talents.

38. Cam Spencer – Rutgers to UConn

Spencer enters the top ten after leading a Big Ten team in scoring a season ago as one of the league’s best shooters. He knocked down 43.4 percent of his triples and 89.4 percent of his free throws last season and will provide some serious court spacing to the Huskies next year.

39. Will Baker – Nevada to LSU

After really struggling to live up to his high school billing at Texas, Will Baker found a fresh start at Nevada, where he showed his true colors. The 6’11” center started showing high levels of efficiency and the ability to shoot from the perimeter, leaving him with an intriguing portal profile. LSU will give him his second chance at the high-major level where we expect him to thrive.

40. Tanner Holden – Ohio State to Wright State

Holden balled out for three seasons at Wright State, but his up-transfer to the Buckeyes didn’t go as planned after averaging just 3.6 points per game. He’s an efficient scorer at all three levels of the court and will be making a homecoming back to the Raiders next year.

41. Nicolas Timberlake – Towson to Kansas

Timberlake cemented himself as one of Towson’s best ever to don the jersey, scoring over 1,500 points in his career as a starter on the team for the past three seasons. He’ll make a major leap in 2023-24 as he’ll look to provide similar production to the Jayhawks on their quest for another national title.

42. Steven Ashworth – Utah State to Creighton

It seems like every season, Utah State has a former role player step into and flourish as the main star for the Aggies. That’s exactly what Steven Ashworth did in 2022-23, pouring in 16.2 points per game and earning All-Mountain West First-Team honors. He’s a lights-out shooter with mobility that will be enough to plug perfectly into Creighton’s run-and-gun system.

43. Carlos Stewart – Santa Clara to LSU

If Jalen Williams and Brandin Podziemski as back-to-back first-round picks in 2022 and 2023 is any indicator, then Carlos Stewart should see immense success at LSU. It’s a homecoming for the Baton Rouge native who should find some meaningful minutes in the SEC next year.

44. Keonte Kennedy – Memphis to California

Kennedy starred at UTEP before heading to Memphis and proving he could play in a better conference as a key contributor to a fun Tigers team. That should bode well for his next stop, a California team that continues to get loaded through this year’s portal.

45. Ven-Allen Lubin – Notre Dame to Vanderbilt

Lubin, a former top-75 recruit, had a solid freshman campaign in South Bend with the Irish. The departure of head coach Mike Brey likely played into this decision, and he’ll get a fresh start at Vanderbilt in 2023-24.

46. Aziz Bandaogo – Utah Valley to Cincinnati

Bandaogo is one of the top rim protectors in the country and boasts impressive athleticism for a seven-footer. He took home WAC Defensive Player of the Year in the WAC and will now get to show off that defensive prowess in the AAC with Cincinnati.

47. Allen Flanigan – Auburn to Ole Miss

Flanigan was a solid contributor for a good Auburn team a season ago who could score from all over the court as one of the team’s more versatile wings. He’ll now follow in the footsteps of his father, Wes, who attended Ole Miss.

48. Cobe Williams – Louisiana Tech to Tulsa

 Williams is one of the toughest defensive assignments on this list. He is one of the fastest players in Division I and has the capability to get hot from beyond the arc. He’s embarrassed plenty of Conference USA defenders in his career and will be an immediate impact for Tulsa next season.

49. Jaykwon Walton – Wichita State to Memphis

After struggling to find minutes in two years at Georgia, Walton exploded onto the scene at Wichita State last season and led the team in scoring. He showed off his deep bag of moves and could make his return to a bigger program as a new and improved player next season. Walton’s transfer to Alabama earlier this offseason fell through after Tuscaloosa Police arrested him with marijuana and guns, forcing the Crimson Tide to immediately cut ties. Memphis swooped him and got his commitment on July 27.

50. RaeQuan Battle – Montana State to West Virginia

Battle was the centerpiece of a truly fun Montana State team this past season, going from a bench player role to the big man on campus in his senior season. The grad transfer spent his first two seasons at Washington, making him experienced at the high-major level. He’ll return to the Power 6 after adding himself to West Virginia’s loaded transfer class.

51. Andrew Taylor – Marshall to Mississippi State

During his senior season at Marshall, Taylor, and senior guard Taevion Kinsey made up the only pair of teammates in college basketball last season to each average 20 or more points per game. He will bring volume three-point shooting, rebounding, and playmaking to Mississippi State in 2023-24.

52. Daniss Jenkins – Iona to St. John’s

Jenkins is one of a few former Iona players to follow head coach Rick Pitino to St. John’s where he will be placed into an immediate starter role. Jenkins always looked like he was a touch too talented to be in the MAAC. He was one of the league’s best three-level scorers and should bring some serious production out of the backcourt to the Johnnies next season.

53. Jackson Paveletzke – Wofford to Iowa State

Paveletzke’s blew the competition away for the Southern Conference Freshman of the Year award and rightfully entered the portal for a chance at a high-major. He’ll join Iowa State this fall where he should carve out a spot within the team’s rotation.

54. Jamison Battle – Minnesota to Ohio State

Although Battle has averaged at least 11.8 points per game in each of his four collegiate seasons, he’ll need to improve his efficiency to become an elite guard and key contributor for Ohio State next season. Shooting just 37.1 percent from the floor in 2022-23 while averaging just 1.7 assists surely won’t give head coach Chris Holtmann the warm and fuzzies.

55. Jayden Epps – Illinois to Georgetown

A promising piece to the Illini backcourt, Epps’s departure was surprising for some considering how much run he got in his debut season with the program. Regardless, he’ll be off to Georgetown in hopes of improving a program that has seriously struggled in the past few seasons.

56. Aly Khalifa – Charlotte to BYU

Charlotte’s paint anchor will bring his talents to BYU for the 2023-24 season. Aly Khalifa is a big body down low with a soft touch and elite passing abilities out of the post. He has unteachable patience for a center and will always find the backdoor cutter with the ball in his hands.

57. Connor Vanover – Oral Roberts to Missouri

This will be the fourth school on the windy journey that is Connor Vanover’s career, and he showed why he is one of the most unique players in the country during his lone season at Oral Roberts. At 7’5″, he was the only player in Division I last season to have 45+ made threes and 100+ blocks. Missouri fills a major void left by big man Kobe Brown with Vanover’s arrival.

58. DJ Rodman – Washington State to USC

Son of Dennis Rodman, DJ plays a contrasting style from his father’s playing days. He developed into a spot-up shooter for the Cougars in 2022-23, knocking down 38.1 percent of his triples while snagging 5.8 rebounds per contest. His transfer comes as a surprise after four years in Pullman, but he should see some strong interest nationwide for his talents.

59. Jordan Minor – Merrimack to Virginia

Minor flat-out dominated the NEC as Merrimack took home the regular-season and postseason conference crowns, but could not participate in the NCAA Tournament due to still being in transition from Division II. We love Minor as a player, but are slightly concerned on the leap from the NEC to the ACC for him.

60. Ques Glover – Samford to BYU

Injuries forced Ques Glover’s game to take a slight step back in 2022-23 after averaging 19.2 points per game in 2021-22 and being named a Southern Conference First-Teamer. Those familiar with his game know he deserves a chance at a high-major program when fully healthy. Glover will look to return to his high level of play with BYU in 2023-24.

61. Denver Jones – FIU to Auburn

What a season Denver Jones had for FIU, earning a spot on the All-Conference USA First Team by averaging 20.1 points across 28 starts. He did well to improve upon his shooting splits during his sophomore season, increasing his field goal and three-point percentages, respectively.

62. Jamarion Sharp – Western Kentucky to Ole Miss

At 7’5″, Sharp has a great defensive presence and does enough on the offensive end to be serviceable. His 28.6 minutes per game is impressive for a man of his size. Ole Miss head coach Chris Beard has lured Sharp to Oxford, where he could become a star within Beard’s masterful defensive scheming.

63. Daimion Collins – Kentucky to LSU

Sometimes players just need a fresh start, and we just see too much talent in Damion Collins to keep him off this list despite an underwhelming start to his collegiate career. Although he averaged just 7.7 minutes per game in two seasons with the Wildcats, Collins is a former five-star recruit and McDonald’s All-American that poses freak athleticism and is capable of being a high-level player. A change of scenery to LSU could unlock his potential in 2023-24.

64. Jaylon Tyson – Texas Tech to California

Tyson will be at his third program for the third season of his collegiate career at California after showing off his skills in a big way with Texas Tech. He was a 40-percent shooter from beyond the arc and was one of five players to average ten or more points per game on the Red Raiders in 2022-23.

65. Jaden Bradley – Alabama to Arizona

Former five-star high school prospect Jaden Bradley showed some flashes of his potential this past season with the Crimson Tide. He’ll now move on from the program and has already visited NC State and Memphis. He could take a serious step forward with his game in 2023-24.

66. Hakim Hart – Maryland to Villanova

Hart had been a consistent contributor for Maryland over the past three seasons, and he’ll be moving on as a graduate transfer heading into next season. He has steadily improved each year, blossoming into a starter averaging 11.4 points per game last season. He’s a perfect fit for what kind of players Villanova has found success with over the past decade.

67. Jared Bynum – Providence to Stanford

Bynum was a critical piece of a Providence program that reached heights it had never seen before, winning its first-ever Big East regular-season title and making a Sweet 16. He’s took home Big East Sixth Man of the Year in 2021-22 and will bring leadership and a veteran presence to Stanford.

68. Tyler Burton – Richmond to Villanova

What a typical pickup for Villanova. Burton fits the mold for the Wildcats perfectly. He constantly plays at his own pace, gets to the rim virtually whenever he wants, and can play any position other than on-ball in that system. He should fit in great and provide an elite scoring punch around the rim for Kyle Neptune.

69. Keyon Menifield – Washington to Arkansas

It continues to be guard galore for Eric Musselman and Arkansas as they landed Washington standout Keyon Menifield. A double-digit scorer in a power conference for his freshman season, Menifield boasts the potential necessary to take a big leap and thrive within the SEC in 2023-24.

70. Caleb Mills – Florida State to Memphis

Mills was the future at Houston after being named the AAC Preseason Player of the Year ahead of the 2020-21 season. An ankle injury sidelined him for the beginning of the year until he transferred to Florida State midseason. After two solid seasons with the Seminoles, the North Carolina native is off to Memphis and will look to lead the Tigers to another NCAA Tournament.

71. Isaac Jones – Idaho to Washington State

By way of Wenatchee Valley Community College in Washington, Jones exploded onto the Big Sky scene last year and took home the league’s Newcomer of the Year award in runaway fashion. We’ll see if his size can translate to Washington State, but his efficiency numbers are impressive no matter where he was playing.

72. Damian Dunn – Temple to Houston

Dunn did well to improve each and every year at Temple to the point where he went from an inefficient score-first guard to a legitimate threat within the AAC. He’ll make the rare intraconference move to Houston where he will have big shoes to fill for the departed backcourt from last year’s team.

73. Chris Ledlum – Harvard to St. John’s

A unanimous All-Ivy League First-Team selection, Ledlum did everything he could to keep Harvard respectable in what’s been a tough time for the program since the COVID pandemic. He’ll join Rick Pitino’s superteam at St. John’s where he’ll fight with some seriously talented transfers for a spot within the rotation.

74. Olivier Nkamhoua – Tennessee to Michigan

Like Hart, Nkamhoua fulfilled his commitment with the Volunteers, working his way from reserve option in his first two seasons to a reliable starter in his upperclassman years. He’s a do-it-all forward that should be able to plug and play at Michigan and find success.

75. Brandon Newman – Purdue to Western Kentucky

Newman has been a solid rotational piece for the Boilermakers since giving up his starting spot in the 2021-22 season. Although he wasn’t incredibly efficient with his shooting splits, he was arguably Purdue’s best on-ball defender this year. He’ll be off to Western Kentucky next season, where he should be a centerpiece for the Hilltoppers.

76. Jalen Hill – Oklahoma to UNLV

In 122 games at Oklahoma, Jalen Hill became an elite scorer at the rim with an incredible improvement at the charity stripe, going from 63.2 to 81.4 percent from his freshman to senior seasons. He’ll spend his final collegiate season with UNLV, a team that looks like it’s got a solid chance at making next year’s NCAA Tournament.

77. Keylan Boone – Oklahoma State to UNLV

After three seasons with Oklahoma State, Boone shipped off to Pacific, where he led the Tigers in scoring as an efficient three-level scorer. He struggled to find his footing within the rotation in Stillwater, but he’s an improved product that will provide an offensive boost to UNLV next season.

78. Quincy Guerrier – Oregon to Illinois

Guerrier is best known for his breakout sophomore season with Syracuse, followed by two disappointing seasons with Oregon. He’s now off to Illinois for his third collegiate team, where he’ll likely be a starter heading into next season.

79. Kalib Boone – Oklahoma State to UNLV

You are not seeing double! Big man – and brother to Keylan – Kalib Boone had his best season with the Cowboys in 2022-23, averaging double figures and shooting 58 percent from the floor. He’s got 123 games in the nation’s toughest conference and will join his brother and Jalen Hill as three big-time incoming transfers at UNLV.

80. Chris Youngblood – Kennesaw State to South Florida

Youngblood was the driving force that led Kennesaw State to its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance last season, averaging 14.7 points per game. He’s got lethal range and a solid frame that should help him contend for All-AAC First-Team honors in 2023-24.

81. Hunter Sallis – Gonzaga to Wake Forest

Sallis didn’t come close to expectations during his two seasons with Gonzaga, but Wake Forest hopes to unlock his potential in 2023-24. The McDonald’s All-American will be asked to produce in Winston-Salem out of the backcourt immediately.

82. Moussa Cisse – Oklahoma State to Ole Miss

Cisse is a massive man on both sides of the court. He both rebounds and blocks shots at some of the highest rates in the nation and will provide Ole Miss with a frontcourt presence they were missing in 2022-23.

83. Kario Oquendo – Georgia to Oregon

After spending a season in the JuCo ranks to kick off his collegiate career, Oquendo burst onto the scene with Georgia as a double-figure scorer for the Bulldogs in each of the past two seasons. His efficiency took an unexpected hit in his junior season, and he’ll need to improve his shooting percentages if he wants to see meaningful minutes in Eugene.

84. Arterio Morris – Texas to Kansas

Morris never lived up to his five-star prospect billing in Austin as one of their two major recruits in 2022. He’ll look for a second chance at Kansas as a rare intraconference transfer where he’ll get a second chance to show off why he was such a highly touted high school recruit.

85. Keshad Johnson – San Diego State to Arizona

Johnson started 39 games for a national championship finalist team, immediately making him a hot commodity in the portal based on his experience. He’s a stout defender with athleticism and size that could make him a valuable piece off the bench for a major program.

86. Makhel Mitchell – Arkansas to Arkansas-Little Rock

Mitchell’s move to Arkansas didn’t go as planned after he really fell out of Eric Musselman’s rotation in the NCAA Tournament, and he’ll be off to the fourth school of his career next season. After finding most of his success with Rhode Island, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him go back to the mid-major ranks.

87. John Hugley – Pittsburgh to Oklahoma

Mental health and injury kept Hugley sidelined for the back half of last season, but he’s ready to make his return to the court in a big way with the Sooners. He should be able to help anchor the frontcourt and provide scoring, rebounding, and even some shooting to Norman.

88. Warren Washington – Arizona State to Texas Tech

Washington has been a solid starter at both Nevada and Arizona State over the past three seasons and will be looked at as a high-efficiency scorer that can go get you eight to 12 points a night in the paint. With 80 starts under his belt, he’s a great veteran addition to a potentially younger Texas Tech roster.

89. Kowacie Reeves – Florida to Georgia Tech

Standing at 6’6″ out of the backcourt, Reeves still boasts plenty of potential after averaging 8.5 points per game with Florida a season ago. With two years of eligibility remaining, the Georgia native could make a name for himself back in his home state next season.

90. Ernest Udeh – Kansas to TCU

Udeh only saw 8.3 minutes per game in his freshman year at Kansas, but he’s so young and moldable at the center position that he’ll surely land at a school that will look to utilize his talent. He was uber-efficient from the floor, shooting 34-of-45 from the field, but nine-for-22 from the free-throw line will have to change if he wants to see legitimate minutes at TCU.

91. RayQuawndis Mitchell – UMKC to Penn State

While Mitchell was the leading scorer for UMKC a season ago with 17.3 points per game, he certainly doesn’t do his scoring by way of efficiency. He is just a 34.3 percent shooter from the floor over three seasons and will need to prove he can shoot it at a better clip if he wants to have a meaningful role at Penn State.

92. Jalen DeLoach – VCU to Georgia

DeLoach embraced a more significant role with VCU in his sophomore season, starting 32 of 34 games and posting 9.7 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. He’ll move up to the high-major scene and join Mike White’s rebuild at Georgia.

93. David Jones – St. John’s to Memphis

Jones has proven to be a capable scorer in the Big East, succeeding with both DePaul and St. John’s. While his shooting splits may not be outstanding, he can quickly rack up points and rebound at a respectable rate. From personality to personality, Jones goes from Rick Pitino to Penny Hardaway as he will play for the Tigers in 2023-24.

94. Micah Handlongten – Marshall to Florida

What a promising freshman season from Handlongten with the 49ers. The 7’1” forward showed great mobility, shot-blocking, and finishing at the rim in his debut collegiate season. He’s oozing potential and the Florida Gators will hope to tap into it moving forward.

95. Nelly Junior Joseph – Iona to New Mexico

While plenty of Iona transfers followed head coach Rick Pitino to St. John’s, Junior Joseph chose to join Richard Pitino, Rick’s son, at New Mexico for the 2023-24 season. The Lobos will be getting a brute and burley presence in the paint, who seems to add new layers to his game each season.

96. Darrion Williams – Nevada to Texas Tech

After earning 2022-23 Mountain West Freshman of the Year honors, Williams figured he may be able to find success at the high-major level in his future. It ended up with a commitment to Texas Tech where he will be apart of the start of the Grant McCasland era in Lubbock.

97. Alexis Yetna – Formerly at Seton Hall

Alexis Yetna missed last season with a knee injury, allowing him another shot at the portal this year. He will be 25 years old by the time next season starts, making him one of the oldest players in Division I basketball. He’s off to his third school and will provide a rebounding machine to whichever team scoops him out of the portal.

98. Andre Curbelo – St. John’s to Southern Miss

Curbelo is a talented player, but his antics have seen his stock decline since he left Illinois after a disappointing sophomore campaign. He still has the goods to be a solid backcourt addition, but putting up with him in the locker room could be challenging for Southern Miss.

99. Charles Pride – Bryant to St. Bonaventure

Pride scored over 1,500 points during his four seasons with Bryant and will leave the school as the tenth-highest scorer in program history. Despite receiving some high-major interest from both Minnesota and Providence during his transfer process, Pride will play for Mark Schmidt at St. Bonaventure in 2023-24.

100. Noah Thomasson – Niagara to Georgia

Thomasson terrorized the MAAC with his 19.5 points per game on 48 percent shooting from the field and 39 percent from deep. He’s an elite scorer that will surely see plenty of interest among teams within better conferences as he climbs the college basketball ranks.

Honorable Mentions:

101. Eli Lawrence – Middle Tennessee to Texas A&M

Lawrence was a stud in a league full of them for Middle Tennessee in Conference USA, helping lead the program to some impressive wins over Hofstra, Montana State, UAB, and Florida Atlantic. With 120 games of Division I experience and a game that is constantly improving, Lawrence could give Texas A&M a substantial boost off the bench.

102. Darius Brown – Montana State to Utah State

Brown is a hooper through and through and provided excellent perimeter scoring for the Bobcats in 2022-23. He knocked down 40 percent of his threes, made over 90 percent of his free throws, and even snatched 4.4 rebounds while dishing out 4.9 assists per game. He’s got a complete game that could lead to some high-major interest.

103. Qudus Wahab – Georgetown to Penn State

Wahab’s second stint with Georgetown has ended, and he’ll seek out his third program in as many seasons. He provides a solid paint presence that is capable of giving a Power 6 program some minutes in the frontcourt.

104. RJ Luis – UMass to St. John’s

Luis showed off his scoring repertoire in his freshman season at UMass, earning himself a spot on the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team. At 6’7″, he’s got great size and is a matchup nightmare with his ability to knock down three-pointers at a decent clip.

105. Keshon Gilbert – UNLV to Iowa State

After carving out a starting role at UNLV for his sophomore season, Gilbert certainly got the attention of some high-major programs with his sharpshooting and defense. The three-and-D specialist is now off to Iowa State as part of a serious haul for the program out of the portal.

106. Mylik Wilson – Formerly at Houston

Wilson was a star at Louisiana in his first two collegiate seasons, but a diminished role at Texas Tech and a redshirted season with Houston have found him back in the portal. He’s proven to have plenty of talent during his days with the Ragin’ Cajuns, and we’ll see if he can show out again wherever he ends up. The lack of desire and buzz around his lengthy time in the portal thus far is odd and keeps us from putting him any higher on this list.

107. Jay Pal – Campbell to San Diego State

Pal found his rhythm with the Fighting Camels down the stretch in their season, scoring 17.5 points per game in their final eight contests. He showed an incredible scoring ability, utilizing his 6’9″ frame to drive and score at the rim. He could be the steal of the portal based on his build and potential.

108. Mike Sharavjamts – Dayton to San Francisco

A 2022-23 Atlantic 10 All-Freshman Team selection, Sharavjamts showed flashes of his potential throughout his freshman season. The Mongolia native will have to work on his 38.8 percent shooting from the floor. Still, he’s a raw player with enough eligibility remaining that a bigger school may take a chance on him as a future contributor. We’ll see if a trip out west to play at San Francisco will bode well for Mongolian Mike.

109. D’Marco Dunn – North Carolina to Penn State

After barely playing in his freshman season, Dunn didn’t quite get the extra burn he hoped for in his sophomore season with the Tar Heels. The former four-star recruit had some strong options to head to the mid-major ranks but chose to join Penn State in its quest for a return to the NCAA Tournament.

110. Max Shulga – Utah State to VCU

Shulga was strictly a bench piece at Utah State heading into his junior season, but he relished a starting spot in the lineup this past season and proved to be a solid scorer for the Aggies. His shooting splits suffered a bit with so many more minutes, but he brings a bit of everything to the table with 12 points, four rebounds, and four assists per game. Shulga will be following former Utah State head coach Ryan Odom to VCU.

111. Yazid Powell – Buffalo to UTEP

Powell immediately impacted at Buffalo after transferring in from Community College of Beaver County in Pennsylvania. He’ll have one year of eligibility remaining, which could be a nice complementary piece for UTEP’s backcourt.

112. Daniel Deaver – Formerly at Navy

Deaver’s game opened up immensely in his senior season after going from a 23.1 percent three-point shooter to 39.4 percent, nearly doubling his scoring output per game. His ability to stretch the floor as a perimeter threat and play out of the post makes him an intriguing frontcourt target.

113. Isaac Mushila – Texas A&M Corpus Christi to New Mexico

Mushila shined at the NCAA Tournament this season, scoring 31 points across their First Four victory and opening-round defeat to Alabama. Time will tell to see if he has what it takes to compete within the Mountain West, a sizeable leap in talent from the Southland.

114. Kruz Perrott-Hunt – Formerly at South Dakota

The New Zealand native developed into a centric role with South Dakota throughout four seasons and will likely take a step up in weight class this offseason. Perrott-Hunt is a score-first shooting guard that can seriously knock it down from deep as a 40-percent career three-point shooter.

115. Ibrahima Diallo – Formerly at San Jose State

A failed pair of seasons at Ohio State led to a better fit at San Jose State for Diallo, who will be looking for a third and final destination this offseason. Diallo’s downside is that he won’t give you many minutes, can find foul trouble quickly, and isn’t efficient at the line. But his upside comes as a rebounding machine that can dominate the paint for a handful of minutes each half and force defenses to give him plenty of attention.

116. Femi Odukale – Seton Hall to New Mexico State

Odukale isn’t far removed from being a double-digit scorer in the ACC with Pitt two seasons ago. After a single season at Seton Hall, Odukale is back in the portal this offseason. He’s a guard with serious bounce and has the size to play some small forward in smaller rotations. He’ll be a part of an emotional rebuild at New Mexico State.

117. Malcolm Dandridge – Formerly at Memphis

Dandridge was a serviceable bench piece for the Memphis Tigers over his four seasons with the program, giving 12.8 minutes per contest on 57.7 percent shooting across 101 appearances. His intangibles and experience give him some unique value within the portal.

118. Luther Muhammad – Formerly at Arizona State

Two promising seasons as a starter at Ohio State kicked off Muhammad’s career, leading to a transfer to Arizona State in 2020. He saw a smaller role with the Sun Devils and is now back in the portal with a year of eligibility remaining. Muhammad will provide his next program with a solid on-ball defender with work to do on the offensive end.

119. R.J. Blakney – Dayton to Old Dominion

Blakney is an uber-athletic, slashing forward that can provide some serious dynamism. He consistently contributed consistently in three seasons with Dayton and provided plenty of highlight reels with his high-flying dunks. If he can find any sort of threatening jump shot, Blakney could make this ranking look silly next season at Old Dominion.

120. Jeremiah Williams – Formerly at Iowa State

Williams suffered an Achilles injury that forced him to miss all of 2022-23, what would have been his first season with Iowa State after a pair of seasons at Temple. He’s now off to his third destination, where he’ll provide feisty defense and some nifty finishing around the rim.

121. Puff Johnson – North Carolina to Penn State

Johnson never quite broke into the short rotation at North Carolina, while Penn State will certainly need his services. Johnson poured in 11 points in the 2022 national championship game and was typically serviceable whenever his name was called. We’ll surely see more of him with the Nittany Lions in November.

122. Elijah Hawkins – Howard to Minnesota

The SWAC to the Big Ten is a large leap for a player of any caliber, but we believe Hawkins is up for the challenge. The sophomore made a scorching 54-of-116 attempts from three in 2022-23, good for 47 percent. If he can get those numbers to translate to the high-major level, he could be a steal out of the portal for the Gophers.

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