It’s the most active year of the transfer portal for numerous reasons; for one, each player was granted a free year for 2020-21 due to the COVID-19 pandemic surging around the country during the season. That allows players to utilize an extra year & transfer to brand names schools, like Storm Muprhy did, opting to move onto Virginia Tech from Wofford. If you’ve graduated & you’re looking for a new challenge transferring makes a ton of sense. Here I’ll be displaying my top 25 available transfers, and when more commit, I’ll be updating.
1.) Tre Mitchell, UMass
Mitchell’s entering his third college season in 2021-22, following two tremendous seasons in Amherst for UMass. Mitchell dropped 18.8 PPG & 7.2 RPG in 2020, earning himself the first team Atlantic-10 honors for his efforts.
It could be a one-year relationship for whoever lands the coveted star big-man due to his NBA potential, but that one season could change a team’s trajectory.
There have been no public lists of what Mitchell plans on doing; I’d envision a school like UConn could be a viable option for him.
2. Jalen Pickett, Siena
Pickett is everything you’d want in a point guard, tremendous playmaker, unselfish & wants to win Basketball games — last season, Pickett dropped 12.9 PPG, 6.3 RPG & 4.8 APG, getting off to a slow start following multiple Covid pauses, and a hamstring injury sidelining the Rochester native for a few weeks.
In his best form, Pickett’s the guy you want having the ball at the end of games, exudes confidence & knows he can be the best player for any team. Look for him to garner significant high major interest & land with a big time program very soon. The MAAC is one of the lower scoring conferences in the country, and Pickett could drop huge figures in a more offensive oriented offense.
3.) Mac McClung, Texas Tech
It’s been an interesting road for McClung these past two seasons, after transferring from Georgetown at the conclusion of the 2019-20 season, and ended up transferring to play for Chris Beard in Lubbock. In his lone season at Tech, the talented scoring guard dropped 15 PPG, leading the Red Raiders in that category, while also garnering All-Big-12 honors. Even though McClung decided to enter the portal once again, he also entered the NBA draft to receive feedback for the second consecutive off-season. I’d imagine teams such as Texas, UVA, BYU & Tennessee could be leading candidates to add the talented guard into the fold for his final college season.
4.) Tari Eason, Cincinnati
When thinking about upside, nobody here provides more than the talented forward transferring out from Cincinnati — that guy is Tari Eason, a positionless defender but raw on the offensive end. Right now, Eason’s athleticism allows him to get some scoring. However, there are strides to be made scoring-wise.
We haven’t seen any sort of official list from Eason — Pay attention to that because Eason could get a future superstar because whichever school lands.
5) Marcus Carr, Minnesota
Let me preface this one by saying: Carr already announced his intentions to join the NBA Draft & using the portal as a secondary option — He’s not going to decide anytime soon, but is a talented player without a doubt.
After scuffling in the final six weeks of the season, Carr’s stats took a major nosedive — the pure ability is evident, a guy that creates for himself as well as anybody in the country. He dropped 19.5 PPG on the season, tops among all Big Ten players. If Carr can pick a spot catering to his skill-set, he could be significantly higher than 8th.
6) Christian Bishop, Creighton
The Lee Summit, Missouri native, seems destined to join Kansas eventually, but he’s still in the portal for now. If you watched College Hoops the past three seasons, you likely know the name Christian Bishop for his ability to defend any position on the floor & ability to throw down monstrous dunks off-lobs. He’s never going to be a guy that averages 15 PPG, but he is capable of scoring at the rim & drawing fouls while using his versatility to defend all positions.
Bishop’s also active on the glass, a much-needed ability to add for many teams.
7.) Bryce Hamilton, UNLV
It took time for Hamilton to enter the portal, after T.J. Otzelberger bolted for Iowa State — that would make three coaches in four seasons for Hamilton at UNLV, as he was originally recruited by Marvin Menzies. It’s totally understandable for him to explore other options, and we’ve already seen a ton of teams contact him. Jeff Borzello reported that many High-Major teams, including Kentucky & Texas Tech made contact with the 17 PPG scorer last season.
8.) Ty Flowers, Long Island
Flowers is a versatile 6’9 four-man with tremendous ball-handling ability for his size & can shoot the ball from deep. Last season, Flowers dropped 17.3 PPG – proving to be one of the better scorers in All of Mid-Major Hoops. Flowers could land at a high-major, or high-end mid-major. Not many know the name Tyrn (Ty) Flowers, but learn it now before he takes the country by storm in 2021-22.
9.) Brady Manek, Oklahoma
The Larry Bird look-a-like surprisingly entered his name in the transfer portal only a few weeks back, following Lon Kruger’s retirement. You’re a fan of a team in need of a 6’9 four-man –with four years of starting experience in a power conference while shooting 37% from deep in those four seasons in Norman.
10. Tanner Groves, Eastern Washington
The 2020-21 Big Sky POTY is moving on from Eastern Washington, following Shantay Legans departure to Portland. In his highlight season, Groves dropped 17.2 PPG, 8.0 RPG — shooting 56% from the field, along with capable shooting ability from deep.
Jeff Goodman reported on Thursday, noting that Tanner Groves reached a final four list of — Texas, Portland, Oklahoma & Washington State. An interesting mix, Groves could reunite with Shantay Legans at Portland, or opt to move onto a power-conference program.
My guess at the moment would be Tanner Groves heads to Austin to play for Chris Beard & add onto the addition’s of Timmy Allen and Devin Askew.
11.) Adam Miller, Illinois
Miller made a puzzling decision, continuing to land at Illinois — after Ayo Dosunmu decided to return, Miller, stayed and took on a different role shockingly. In his high school career, the Illinois native was the main ball-handler but took a spot-up shooter role at Illinois this season.
12.) Isiah Moore, St John’s
It entirely depends on where Miller lands, partially why he lands past the 20 spots on my list. Should he find a spot where he’ll handle the ball & be the top option –, the ceiling is unlimited.
Moore’s on the fourth school in as many seasons — Charleston for one, Pearl River CC for one, St John’s for one & either Cincy or Florida next season as he’s cut down his list.
Moore’s a versatile athlete, dropping 9.2 PPG, and can hit a three if opened. The sheer size & athleticism is why you buy in on his talent. Whether it’s Florida or Cincy landing, the well-traveled forward’s services get a fantastic player.
13.) Seth Lundy, Penn State
In what looked to be a promising season, Lundy looked to be in the midst of a breakout season — but was riddled by inconsistencies throughout the latter half of the season. There aren’t many better stretch four’s than Lundy, he shot 32% from deep last season, but could shoot near 40% when he gets rolling.
14.) D.J. Jeffries, Memphis
One-time Kentucky commits, D.J. Jeffries moves on from Memphis, shortly after the Tigers cut down the nets at the NIT championship. It’s easy to be enamored by Jeffries game just from watching him — 6’7 combo-forward, with high offensive upside & already elite defensive ability.
Jeffries seems to be a HEAVY Mississippi State lean right now, returning to his home state.
Jeffries per his twitter account, announced his commitment date will be on Monday.
15.) Rasir Bolton, Iowa State
Bolton dropped 15.5 PPG last season for the Cyclones, while shooting 45% from the field, in one of the worst seasons in Iowa State history, only mustering two wins the ENTIRE season. There aren’t many guys that played scored as much at a high-major level in the Portman like Bolton did last season, and could prove to be a pivotal player somewhere at a high Mid Major, or solid High Major.
16.) Filip Rebraca, North Dakota
Last season, Rebraca posted absurd stats for the Fighting Hawks — 16.8 PPG, 7.6 RPG & shot 50% from-the-field, and 36% from deep. If there’s a team looking for a versatile big-man the possesses true three-level-scoring ability, then odds are Rebraca could be a potential interest for that team. Many high-major schools & mid-major’s have made contact with Rebraca.
17.) Bryce Thompson, Kansas
The former highly-touted recruit entered the transfer portal today as I’m writing this — last season Thompson averaged 4.6 PPG, but was limited to only 20 games following a broken wrist in the non-conference portion of the season. Despite the struggles Thompson endured last season, there’s immense talent for the Oklahoma born guard. So, Oklahoma born? I see Tulsa (his hometown team), Oklahoma & Oklahoma State all lining up to be the clubhouse leaders for Thompson’s services next season.
18.) Jaemyn Brakefield, Duke
Another highly-touted recruit finds themselves in the transfer portal. Brakefield spent one season playing for Duke, prior to deciding to move onto another program, during his lone season. The Mississippi native didn’t play a significant role last season, only playing about 12 MPG, but showed flashes of his versatile makeup. Both power conference teams in the state of Mississippi seem to be odds-on-favorites to haul in the hometown stretch-four.
19.) Cheikh Mbacke-Diong, UNLV
Diong spent four seasons playing at UNLV prior to entering the transfer portal, while also entering his name into the NBA Draft. Odds are, Diong ends up transferring to a high-major program due to his elite rim protection ability, while also being an efficient scorer inside. Last season, the 6’11 big-man averaged 8.9 PPG & 7.4 RPG, and started every game for the Runnin’ Rebels in 2021.
20.) Jacob Young, Rutgers
Rutgers finally got over the hump, making their first NCAA Tournament in 20 seasons, and talented guard Jacob Young was a pivotal part of that. During his fifth season of college (one redshirt due to an earlier transfer), the Houston native dropped a career-best 14.1 PPG, while dropping 3.1 APG. Young vastly improved his shooting from outside to an above average 36.9%, up from 27% the prior season. An easy landing spot to guess would be Houston, with family ties being there — Jacob’s father, Michael Young played for the Phi Slama Jama Cougars teams in the 1980’s. It would be a fun story seeing Young finish off the family legacy as a member of the Houston Cougs.
21.) D.J. Horne, Illinois State
Last season, Horne dropped impressive figures for Illinois State, leading the Redbirds in scoring at 15.1 PPG & three-point-percentage at a staggering 43% on the season. Surprisingly, he decided to enter the portal rather than continue leading Illinois State, but Horne’s going to produce in a big-way for a team that’s able to land his services. When you have a lead guard that can shoot it like Horne, you’re getting a much-needed addition to your roster.
22.) Myles Johnson, Rutgers
Johnson is a tremendous rim-protector & reliable inside the painted area, during his final campaign in New Brunswick — Johnson averaged figures of, 8.0 PPG, 8.5 RPG & 2.4 BPG on the season, while proving to me an integral part of the Scarlet Knights best team in over two decades.
The electrical engineering major announced his final two will be schools in the conference of champions, between UCLA & Stanford, two programs with phenomenal electrical engineering programs, a subject Myles wants to pursue & continuing to inspire young African-Americans, using his program called “BLKDEV” to get more African-Americans into the STEM, and help diversify the field. Johnson is an incredible young man, on & off the court, and is going to thrive once his college career comes to a close.
Check out Myles website: https://www.blkdev.org/others-like-you
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23.) Alphonso Plummer, Utah
The Puerto Rican born bucket-getter averaged 13.6 PPG for Utah last season, while shooting 44% from-the-field, paired nicely with an exceptional 38% from deep during his first senior season.
Plummer spent two seasons playing for Utah, and will be utilizing his free-year to transfer off to a new school — Plummer spent his first two seasons of college playing Junior College ball at Arizona Western, in all four seasons, he’s shown the ability to create shots from anywhere on the floor.
Via twitter earlier this week, Plummer dropped a final five list of various schools, ranging across the country: Illinois, BYU, Texas Tech, Georgia & BYU. My prediction at the moment for the talented super-senior is Illinois, who fits seamlessly into the role Adam Miller played this last season.
24.) R.J. Eytle-Rock, UMBC
When Ryan Odom departed from UMBC, along came Eytle-Rock entering the transfer portal. Last season, the British guard dropped 14.3 PPG, 4.9 RPG & 2.6 APG, while displaying marvelous efficiency, as he shot 47% overall & 40% from deep in his breakout junior season.
We could see Eytle-Rock decide to pair up with his ex-coach, Ryan Odom & former teammate Brandon Horvath at Utah State, but there’s going to be no shortage of options for the London born guard.
25.) Mike Nuga, Kent State
During his lone season at Kent State, Nuga averaged 17.8 PPG, proving to be a nice second option paired with long-time Golden Flashes star, Danny Pippen Jr. — Now, Nuga aspires to find a new home for his final season in College. There’s going to be a plethora of teams interest in the three-level-scoring ability Nuga displays on a nightly basis.
On the season, Nuga shot 50% & 38% from deep, look for many teams be interest in acquiring an efficient shooting guard.