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.
We’ve seen a ton of game-changing already making their commitment, making frequent updates necessary, we’re on version 20 of this list.
1.) E.J. Onu, Shawnee State
An NAIA player makes a list for the very first time — a unique moment in MTM list history, but not only does he make a list, but he also makes the top overall spot.
You’re probably wondering, why is an NAIA player above proven Divison One player?
Good question: Onu won the NAIA player of the year award, and he’s a 6’11 big-man who possesses a wingspan reaching up to 7 feet, six inches. Not only is Onu massive, but he’s a phenomenal athlete, high-end shot-blocker & vastly improved his perimeter output in 2020-21. He raised his percentage from 27% during his junior campaign to a dazzling 47% from range. Onu averaged 17.8 PPG, 7.9 RPG last season in his breakout season for the Shawnee State Rams. It’s mystifying why he wasn’t playing D1 Basketball many years ago, but now he’s a hot commodity in the portal. Familiarize yourself with the name E.J. Oni. It’ll be a popular one next season.
2.) 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. The highly sought after junior forward released a final six teams of — Bryant, Illinois, Georgia, Florida State, LSU & Texas.
3.) Marcus Bagley, Arizona State
Bagley was a significant stock riser during his senior campaign in Sacramento, California, later committing to Arizona State to play for his hometown team. The lone campaign in Tempe wasn’t ideal for the potential first-round pick with injuries derailing his season, limiting him to only 12 games — in those games, Bagley produced for ASU, scoring 10.8 PPG, 6.2 RPG. In addition to entering the transfer portal, Bagley is also in the 2021 NBA Draft, a projected first-round pick in the upcoming draft. It’s the expectation from most people that Bagley decides to remain in the draft rather than transferring to another school.
4.) Moussa Cisse, Memphis
The former five-star recruit shockingly hit the portal recently, while similar to a player like Marcus Bagley, is testing the NBA Draft Waters. The difference is Cisse was always seen as a likely candidate to return to school for his Sophomore season, due to not getting being a projected draftee.
Cisse reclassified into the class of 2020, and is still only 18 years old with immense upside & already showed off his defensive ability. There’s many strides to make on the offensive before Cisse solidifies himself as an NBA prospect. As of right now, the 7’1 big-man is essentially just a dunker & saw significant struggles from the foul-line, only going an astonishingly low 24-74 from the free-throw line (32.4%) overall.
5.) 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.
6.) Jordan Brown, Arizona
The College Career of the former top-10 recruit in the class of 2018 is on an interesting trajectory — after originally committing to Nevada. He only played 10 MPG, as he was stashed behind experienced bigs like Jordan Caroline, Treshaun Thurman & Trey Porter. After the season, Coach Mussleman bolted for Arkansas, which shortly after led to Jordan Brown’s entrance into the transfer portal. The former McDonald’s All-American committed to Arizona. Still, in compliance with NCAA Transfer rules, Brown had to sit the entirety of the 2019-20 season, making him eligible as a redshirt sophomore in 2020-21. After the redshirt season, Brown produced at a consistent level for the Wildcats, as the 6’11 center scored 9.4 PPG & hauled in 5.2 rebounds per game. Not many envisioned the ultra-strong center spending four years in college during his days as a recruit, but here we are. Brown’s bulked up by about 30 pounds during his college career & many teams will be intrigued by the bully-ball type of potential there is with Brown and possesses fluid athleticism.
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.) Elijah Childs, Bradley
Bradley finishes off his illustrious career at Bradley with a pretty reputable resume, which includes three seasons scoring 12+ points, 2x MVC tournament titles, 3x All-MVC team honors. Utilizing the free year, Childs is a strong four/five-man that is an improved shooter from deep, up to 35% this past season. In 2020-21 Childs averaged 14.2 PPG, 8.3 RPG & 1.4 BPG while shooting 47.7% from the floor. There aren’t many players in the portal with more accolades than Childs.
9.) Brandon Mahan, UCF
The UCF Knights pulled off one of the more stunning upsets last season over a top-15 Florida State team, Mahan contributed a career-best 32 points in the contest on a lights-out 10-13 shooting performance & a flawless 10-10 from the charity stripe. The athletic wing boasted a career-best 42% from deep in his final season playing for the Knights.
10.) KC Ndefo, St Peter’s
The SPU Peacocks were a top-tier defensive team last season, and the junior forward K.C. Ndefo was an integral part of that attack. The 6’7 forward averaged 13.7 PPG, 6.5 RPG while also leading the country in the blocks department, with 3.6 per game. Ndefo’s a supreme athlete that uses his high-level athleticism to score inside, but his main value comes on the defensive end. The king of blocked shots last season recorded five or more blocked shots on seven different occasions in 2020-21.
11.) Steffon Mitchell, Boston College
Everybody adores a “glue-guy,” & nobody epitomizes that word better than long-time Boston College forward Steffon Mitchell, who shows off doing the little things. Last season, Minnesota-born forward dropped a career-best 9.1 PPG while displaying more variation in his offensive skill-set, taking more threes than ever, to the tune of a passable 29% clip, with much improved foul shooting raising his percentage to 63.5%.
The main value from Steff Mitchell comes from rebounding — a part of the stat sheet that Mitchell filled up during his BC career, hauling in more than seven RPG in each of his four seasons. The defensive end is displaying versatile, fluid play on that end of the floor. Athleticism isn’t off the charts for 6’8 super-senior, but he is able to defend most positions on the floor due to pure fundamentals. If you’re a winning team, you need a glue guy (see Mark Vital at Baylor last season). Mitchell could play a similar role. Mitchell recently chopped his list down to a final three consisting of – Minnesota, Utah & San Diego State.
12.) Yor Anei, SMU
Currently, Anei will sit next season out due to the new transfer legislation passed by the NCAA last month regarding players transferring multiple times. For Anei to garner immediate eligibility, he’d either have to graduate or receive a waiver from the NCAA. Anei adds the elite defensive ability to his team, blocking 1.9+ shots in all of his three seasons (two at Oklahoma State, one at SMU.) Last season, the soon-to-be senior big-man only appeared in 11 games for the Mustangs due to an arm infection but ended up averaging 6.6 PPG, 2.2 RPG & 1.9 BPG.
13.) 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, as he made his mark on the Northeast conference in the 2021 campaign. Flowers could land at a high-major,or high-end mid-major. Learn the name Ty Flowers, because he’s going to make a tournament level team significantly more versatile next season.
14.) Bryson Williams, UTEP
Williams mulled a decision on whether to transfer for his final season of eligibility, or start a professional career after Rodney Terry took an assistant gig at Texas — It’s pretty clear there’s a tight bond between Terry & Williams, considering he followed his coach to UTEP from Fresno State originally.
Last season, Williams dropped 15.1PPG & 7.4 RPG, but saw his shooting numbers from deep plummet from 35% to 27%. That’s not overly concerning considering how lethal the stretch-four is from the mid-range area, his sweet-spot on the floor.
We saw Williams perform better overall for the Miners in 2019-20, posting 17.8 PPG & 7.2 RPG in his fourth college season & first for UTEP. He fits modern day college basketball to perfection with his floor stretching ability & is already receiving high-major interest from schools like USC, TTU & you guessed it, Texas.
15.) Collin Smith, UCF
Smith was one of a handful of College Hoopers to formally opt-out of the 2020-21 season, but not for NBA aspirations. He opted not to play for underlying health issues Smith endures. It wasn’t clear if the Knights star center planned on playing Basketball again due to the verbiage of his official statement, but he resurfaced in the transfer portal this past week, looking for a place to play for his final ride in College. In 2019-20, Smith led UCF in two of the main statistical categories, with 12.1 PPG & 6.4 RPG in the Knights quest to a 16-14 record.
16.) Darryl Morsell, Maryland
In controversial fashion, the longtime Maryland Terrapin graced Big Ten defensive player of the year honors for the 2021 season, over Michigan’s Franz Wagner. Nonetheless, you’re getting a true phenomenal defender, with a 6’5 frame, allowing him to defend four of his positions without hardships. With Morsell, you can expect shots to fall from the mid-range & using his speed & strength to get free at the basket. The fifth year senior struggles shooting from deep, only punching in a 26.7% career percentage from outside. Many will be enamored by Morsell’s defensive ability, as he’s the top player on that end of the floor in the transfer portal.
17.) Alonzo Verge Jr, Arizona State
Verge is your prototype for a score-first point guard, that is streaky throughout the season. These past two seasons, Verge had to change his role to a secondary ball-handler behind Remy Martin, but still got up 13 shots-per-game each of these past two seasons, while shooting 40% from-the-field last season on those 13 attempts. Last season in 23 games, the Chicago born guard posted a slash-line of 14 PPG, 3.8 RPG & 3.9 APG. Don’t be surprised when Verge is playing for a team in need of a high-volume scorer, and he averages 20 PPG.
18.) Dusan Mahorcic, Illinois State
The former #JUCOProduct from Serbia thrived during his first season at the Divison One level — he led the Redbirds in rebounding with 7.2 per game while scoring the ball at a 9.9 PPG clip. The skilled big-man scored 15 or more points on five different occasions last season while recording four double-doubles in the process.
19.) Mo Gueye, Stony Brook
The freakishly athletic big-man was one of the nation’s most well-regarded shot blockers in the country last season when he swatted away 3.1 shots-per-game, a top-five ranking in the entire country. His offensive skillset is a question, especially transferring to a higher level. Still, he can knock down a three if open, but it’s to get in intrigued by his mix of defensive ability & pure athleticism.
20.) Justin Kier, Georgia
Kier began his college career spending five seasons at George Mason, before spending the 2020-21 seasons playing at Georgia — during his career, Kier’s accumulated a total of 1,358 points between the two stops. The Virginia born guard averaged 9.4 PPG for the Bulldogs this past season, while shooting 36.6% from deep. Kier’s a threat on both-ends of the floor a product of his defensive versatility, guarding three positions at a high-level.
21.) Marvin Johnson, Eastern Illinois
Johnson brings a versatile skillset to the table, being able to feasibly play all three backcourt positions, although he primarily ran the point this past season. Johnson led the Panthers in all five major statistical categories 15.3 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 4.7 APG, 1.9 SPG 0.6 BPG, additionally, Johnson shot 45% from-the-field.
22.) Aaron Cook, Gonzaga
Although Cook only played 13 minutes-per-game during his lone season in Spokane, that doesn’t show how invaluable he was to the national championship runners-up. The mix of leadership as a fifth-year player, and his elite defensive prowess led to him getting into the game in tight situations in the few games the Zags were trailing in. Cook averaged 4.2 PPG last season, but he’s an accomplished scorer, which he proved during his four-season career at Southern Illinois — averaging 10.8 PPG in his final complete season as a member of the Salukis.
23.) Jerome Hunter, Indiana
Hunter hails from Pickerington, Ohio, where he was a top-60 recruit coming out of Pickerington North High in 2018. During his two seasons in Bloomington, the Ohio native averaged 4.9 PPG while shooting 32.4% from deep but vastly improved in his sophomore season. Hunter’s an athletic combo-forward that can hit three’s with a 6’7 frame, a skillset many teams look to add every offseason, which makes Hunter a hot name once again. Hunter has two seasons of eligibility remaining.
24.) Troymain Crosby, Alcorn State
Out of all players in the transfer portal currently, the Alcorn State transfer Troymain Crosby accumulated more points than all of them last season with 19.2 PPG. Crosby is a 6’4 wing that’s wired to score, using his basketball IQ & shiftiness. Although he’s a subpar shooter from deep, only 29% last season, he shot 45% overall on a team that struggled mightily last season. The Braves played two games against NCAA tournament teams, and Crosby scored 23 against Houston & 24 against Liberty. That’s going to be important to note when Crosby jumps up a few levels in his next stop, perhaps a school that could be playing in the NCAA Tournament themselves next season. Crosby has one season of College eligibility remaining.
25.) Trey Wade, Wichita State
Wade is one of the best defenders remaining in the transfer portal, as he displays an invaluable defensive skillset to defend a plethora of positions on the floor. In his two seasons at Wichita State, Wade started 48 games, in addition to averaging 6.7 PPG & 5.6 RPG during Wichita’s quest to an NCAA Tournament bid this past season. The numbers don’t pop off the screen, the scoring numbers aren’t gaudy, but Wade is a fantastic glue guy that contributes to winning teams. A month ago, the Marietta, GA native announced his commitment to Nevada but shortly after retracted his commitment as a result of wanting to be close to home. Wade has one season of eligibility remaining.