Andy Mac: Transfer Portal Update
By Andy Mac Williams, 4/25/2021

1453 Players in the NCAA D-1 Basketball Transfer Portal as of Saturday, April 24. Players must enter their name by May 1st. NCAA Board of Directors gives final approval to 1st transfer without red shirt year on April 28-reportedly just a "rubber stamp" of NCAA Council's move.

I have no "inside info" here, but I'm thinking Xavier could add another Grad Transfer Super Senior type from the portal. I'm thinking an experienced BIG(rim protector-rebounder type). It would be a one year commitment to add depth to BIG group. I may be totally wrong.

Recent portal activity

BIG EAST:

Mac McClung (2 years at Georgetown-last season 15PPG at Texas Tech-Big 12) has taken his name out of the portal. He may return to Red Raiders(possible XU opponent in Big East-Big 12 Challenge). Mac stays in NBA Draft pool for now.

Butler has added 6-8 215 Super Senior Ty Groce from Eastern Michigan(MAC). 2 year starter at Eastern-some huge games(28 and 11 vs Akron-23 Bowling Green-21 Ball State).

Scoring PG James Akinjo(Georgetown-Arizona last season) leaves the desert for NCAA Champ Baylor.

New DePaul coach Tony Stubblefield has landed Tyon Grant-Foster(6-7, 190 Jr from Kansas). He played very little for Jayhawks-Must be from a JUCO. Shaka Smart at Marquette has added 6-3, 190 Frosh PG Tyler Kolek from George Mason(Atlantic 10). He knocked down 51 "3s" at 36% and started final 18 games.

DePaul also adds 6-0 165 PG Jalen Terry from PAC 12 Champ Oregon where Stubblefield worked last season under Dana Altman. Terry is from Flint, Michigan. He played limited minutes as a true Frosh at Oregon. DePaul has lost PG Charlie Moore to Miami(ACC). Promising Frosh Kobe Elvis is still in the portal.

When the dust settles, we'll review all eleven BIG EAST teams' rosters re additions and departures. It's waaay to early for any "TOO EARLY" predictions re BIG EAST and TOP 25s IMHO. BUT America loves lists!!

UC:

UC has added 7-1 220 pound Center from UNC Greensboro(new coach Wes Miller's former school). He is Hayden Koval. Spent last season at UNCG starting 9 of 30 games- Best game(17 points -7 rebounds in early season loss to Winthrop(Pat Kelsey). 49% of minutes played. Shot it well(80% FTs-64% from two-made 26 "3s"). Impact sub after starting games early. Played 3 years at Central Arkansas(Southland Conference) starting there as Sophomore and Junior.

UC has added a second transfer from UNCG (new Bearcat Coach Wes Miller's former school). He is 6-8 205 pound Frosh Jarret Hensley(played 16% of minutes as a freshman at UNCG).

Forward Tari Eason has officially bolted UC for LSU. Has LSU been sanctioned yet by NCAA? Coach Wil Wade is very persuasive, I guess. Bearcats have added Clemson transfer John Newman(6-5,207 Jr.-started 8 games-35% of minutes after making every start-70% of minutes as a Sophomore at Clemson).

Four of Wes Miller's former UNCG players are now in the transfer portal. None have committed to a new school so far. Pauly Paulicap(6-8,225 Super Senior) goes from DePaul to West Virginia. XU did not play DePaul because of COVID cancellations, but this guy is a junkyard dog rebounder and competitor(transferred in from Manhattan-NEC). Huggs must like his toughness and repeat jumping ability.







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