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Biggest names in the Transfer Portal (CBB)

Ever since the NCAA changed the rule about transfers getting one free move without having to sit out a year, thousands of college basketball players enter each offseason. This one is no different. As of now, here are the best players in the transfer portal.

  1. Hunter Dickinson (Michigan)

    1. The junior forward has led the Wolverines in scoring and rebounding each of the last 3 seasons. The 7'1" forward averaged 18.6 points per game this past season, shooting 56% from the field and 41% from behind the arc. He is easily the best available player in the portal and is capable of being any conference's player of the year.

  2. Caleb Love (North Carolina)

    1. The former Tar Heel shocked the world with insane playmaking and shot creation in North Carolina's run to the Final Four a year ago. This past season was a different story for the Tar Heels who didn't even make the NCAA Tournament. Love averaged 16.7 points per game this year, but just shot 38% from the field.

  3. Kerr Kriisa (Arizona)

    1. The Estonian has had a very up and down last two years as the point guard at Arizona. This past season, he averaged 9.9 points and 5.1 assists per game. In the latter parts of the season, he battled a shoulder injury which clearly affected his play. He can be an all conference type guard wherever he goes next.

  4. Kel'el Ware (Oregon)

    1. the former 5-star recruit just never got things going in his Freshman season at Oregon. He averaged 6.6 points per game in just over 15 minutes per contest. Teams will be interested in the 7'0" forward based on potential alone.

  5. Ace Baldwin Jr. (VCU)

    1. The 2023 Atlantic-10 Player of the Year entered the transfer portal after VCU's coach Mike Rhoades was hired at Penn State. Baldwin's impact goes well beyond the stats, where he averaged 12.1 points and 5.8 assists per game the past season. His ability to run the team was realized when he was forced to miss some time with injury. He can be an all-conference guard at any level.

  6. Jamison Battle (Minnesota)

    1. The 6'7" forward enters the portal with one year remaining of eligibility. Despite being on a struggling team the past couple of seasons, Battle showed he has talent. His ability to play a stretch 4 will have many teams looking. This past season, he averaged 12.4 points per game on 31% from behind the arc. Both of these numbers are down from his first three years of college.

  7. Fardaws Aimaq (Texas Tech)

    1. The 6'11" Canadian will have one year remaining of eligibilty having played 3 seasons at Utah Valley and 1 season at Texas Tech. He was hyped up coming into this season at Texas Tech, but battled many injuries and was unable to get the Red Raiders to the NCAA Tournament. In 11 games this past season, he averaged 11.1 points on 27 minutes. In 21-22, he averaged nearly 19 points and 13.6 rebounds per game. Aimaq has the talent to be one of the best big men in whatever conference he plays in next.

  8. Primo Spears (Georgetown)

    1. The Hoyas really struggled this season, but it wasn't the fault of Big East second team member, Primo Spears. Spears averaged 16.0 points per game this season with the Hoyas and entered the portal after coach Patrick Ewing was fired. He has also entered the NBA Draft, so there's a chance he will be playing pro next year.

  9. Jameer Nelson Jr. (Delaware)

    1. The son of NBA player, Jameer Nelson came to the nation's attention when Delaware made the big dance last year. From then, Nelson Jr. turned from a solid player into an elite one. This past season, he averaged 20.6 points per game on 45% shooting from the field. His size and scoring ability should transfer to any level of the college game.

  10. Nick Timberlake (Towson)

    1. The former Towson sharpshooter enters the portal with one year of eligibiltiy remaining. The Massachusetts native averaged 17.7 points per game this year in the CAA, while knocking down 41.6% of his looks from downtown. High major programs such as North Carolina and Indiana have already been in contact.

Photo: Tar Heel Blog

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Sean Vowells
Sean Vowells
Apr 01, 2023

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