It’s never too early to start looking ahead!
Check below for our list of 25 under-the-radar transfers for the 2022-23 college basketball season.
In no particular order:
Al-Amir Dawes, Seton Hall: A New Jersey native, Dawes was an under-the-radar pickup for Shaheen Holloway after three productive years at Clemson. A prototypical combo guard, Dawes should take immense pressure off Kadary Richmond in Seton Hall’s backcourt thanks to his shotmaking ability. The 6-2 Dawes made 84 three-point shots last season and shot an impressive 39.8 percent from long distance.
Tyree Appleby, Wake Forest: Steve Forbes won’t be able to replace Alondes Williams — last season’s ACC Player of the Year — with one player, but Appleby is a good start. The 6-1 guard has averaged in double figures in each of his four years in college, including the last two at Florida. Appleby will have a major role on the perimeter for Wake Forest in 2022-23.
Tyreke Key, Tennessee: Many people have forgotten about Key after he sat out last season with a shoulder injury. Rick Barnes certainly didn’t. The 6-3 Key — who averaged 17.2 points and 5.3 rebounds two seasons ago at Indiana State — will give Tennessee another capable perimeter player to go along with Zakai Zeigler, Santiago Vescovi, and Josiah-Jordan James.
Earl Timberlake, Bryant: A former Top-50 recruit, Timberlake never got into a rhythm last season at Memphis and the season prior at Miami. He should benefit from Bryant’s high-octane attack, where he could be a menace as a small ball power forward or center.
David Jenkins, Purdue: Matt Painter did not take a transfer a year ago, but opted to bring Jenkins to West Lafayette in hopes of solidifying Purdue’s point guard situation. A fifth-year player, the 6-1 Jenkins has previously played at Utah, UNLV, and South Dakota State, with an average of 14.9 points. If he averages half of that for the Boilers in 2022-23 and minimizes his turnovers, Purdue should be in business.
Emmanuel Akot, Western Kentucky: Akot — who played last season at Boise State — initially committed to Memphis as a transfer before winding up in Bowling Green. Capable of defending multiple positions, this 6-8 guard averaged 10.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 2.8 assists last season on a team that won both the Mountain West regular season and conference tournament titles. He’s one of many reasons why Western Kentucky should have its best team yet under Rick Stansbury.
Tanner Holden, Ohio State: There may be more high profile additions for the Buckeyes this offseason via the transfer portal, but don’t sleep on Holden. The 6-6 wing was a consistent piece for three years at Wright State and had 37 points and 11 rebounds in the Raiders’ win over Bryant in the First Four. He’ll immediately bring experience and productivity to Columbus.
Grant Basile, Virginia Tech: Much like Holden, the 6-9 Basile was ultra productive for several years at Wright State (18.4 points, 8.5 rebounds in 21-22), but ultimately opted for a role at the highest level. Basile should get that immediately at Virginia Tech following the departure of Keve Aluma in the pivot.
Landers Nolley, Cincinnati: Wes Miller is quietly bullish about his roster entering his second season at Cincinnati. The addition of Nolley is a major reason why. The 6-7 wing is a big time talent and has averaged 12.9 points during his three years of college basketball. He’ll instantly change the ceiling for the Bearcats.
Norchad Omier, Miami: Omier put up “video game like” numbers during his two years at Arkansas State, averaging 17.9 points and 12.2 rebounds as a sophomore. At Miami, he’ll now be asked to be a piece to the puzzle and provide a presence up front to go with the Hurricanes’ bevy of options on the perimeter. Don’t be shocked if Jim Larranaga uses the 6-7 Omier as a small-ball five-man in 2022-23.
Naheim Alleyne, UConn: This crafty southpaw was a consistent scorer and reliable outside shooter during his three years at Virginia Tech. He’ll instantly add shotmaking for UConn after being a starter on two straight teams that reached the NCAA Tournament. Alleyne has shot 37.3 percent or better from three-point range during all three years of his college career.
Jahmir Young, Maryland: A DMV native, Young returns to his home state in an effort to help Kevin Willard build Maryland’s program. Expect Young to play a major role for the Terps after averaging 18.8 points and 5.4 rebounds over the past two seasons at Charlotte.
Brandon Murray, Georgetown: The Hoyas’ roster overhaul led to plucking Murray from the transfer portal after a strong freshman season at LSU. A Baltimore native, the 6-5 Murray averaged 10 points and three rebounds last season for the Tigers as a starter. This kid has All-Big East potential.
Darrion Trammell, San Diego State: The defensive minded Aztecs are always looking for more offense. They’ve found it with the 5-10 Trammell, who averaged 17.3 points last season at Seattle and had five games with 25 or more points. Remember the name.
Francisco Farabello, Creighton: The Bluejays’ starting five may be set, but don’t discount the 6-3 Farabello from being a key reserve. If you can make shots, you find a way onto to the floor for Creighton and that’s one of Farabello’s strengths. The 6-3 guard shot 38.4 percent or better from three-point range in each of his three years at TCU.
Brandon Johns, VCU: Johns averaged 10 points and four rebounds as a starter for Michigan during the 2021 NCAA Tournament when Isaiah Livers was out of the lineup with an injury, but never found a regular rhythm in Michigan’s rotation last season. At 6-8, Johns’ soft hands and accuracy around the basket should make him a dangerous weapon for VCU in the Atlantic 10.
Javon Pickett, Saint Louis: A double figure scorer last season at Missouri, Pickett opted to stay in-state and transfer to Saint Louis in hopes of being part of one of the deepest perimeters in the sport. He’ll join a tough nucleus of guards that already features Yuri Collins, Fred Thatch, Gibson Jimerson, and Javonte Perkins.
Brandon Huntley-Hatfield, Louisville: Potential is a scary word to throw around, but this 6-10 forward boasts plenty of it. A former Top-100 recruit, Huntley-Hatfield averaged just 3.9 points and three rebounds during his one season at Tennessee, but boasts major upside as Kenny Payne aims to rebuild Louisville’s program.
Sir’Jabari Rice, Texas: Chris Beard loves this hard nosed guard, who was a part of a team that won an NCAA Tournament game last season at New Mexico State. Texas is loaded on the perimeter, but don’t discount Rice from carving out a significant role in the Longhorns’ rotation.
Ethan Anderson, Wyoming: A multi-year starter at USC, Anderson will instantly take pressure off Hunter Maldonado by assuming point guard responsibilities for Wyoming. This is an underrated pickup for the Cowboys, who have the requisites to challenge San Diego State at the top of the Mountain West.
Andre Kelly, UC Santa Barbara: The 6-9 Kelly would have been a potential all-conference player in the Pac-12 if he returned to Cal, but he instead opted for UC Santa Barbara where he’ll instantly become one of the best players in the Big West. Kelly had 22 points and six rebounds late last season against UCLA and should form a lethal frontcourt combo with former Oregon big man Miles Norris.
Eric Gaines, UAB: A world class athlete, the 6-2 Gaines showed at LSU that he can make plays that others can’t thanks to his burst, leaping ability, and overall instincts. Put him next to Jordan “Jelly” Walker and UAB should have one of the most electric backcourts in the sport.
Bryce Golden, Loyola Chicago: A stalwart in the middle, the 6-9, 245 pound Golden will provide an immediate presence in the paint for the Ramblers, who are entering their first season in the Atlantic 10 after a long stay in the Missouri Valley. Golden averaged 21 minutes or more over his past three seasons at Butler and brings plenty of starting experience from his time in the Big East.
Jaiden Delaire, San Diego: Steve Lavin’s ability to bring Delaire to San Diego reiterates his label as an elite recruiter. A multi-year starter for Stanford, the 6-9 forward averaged 11.3 points and 4.1 rebounds over the past two seasons for the Cardinal. Delaire should be one the top players in the WCC this season.
Eric Williams, San Diego: Like Delaire, Williams was a multi-year starter for a Pac-12 program — Oregon — before opting to join San Diego. With Williams, Delaire, and Marcellus Earlington — who began his college career at St. John’s — the Toreros may have the second-best baseline in the WCC behind Gonzaga.
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