One of the nation’s top passing point guards and one of the top producers from outside of college basketball’s power conference structure each entered the transfer portal on Tuesday. Georgia’s Sahvir Wheeler and Coastal Carolina’s DeVante Jones are just the latest additions to the transfer market as college basketball’s roster restructuring season continues.
With rule changes in the works that will allow all players the opportunity to transfer once without sitting out a season, a record number of players are transferring this offseason. While many have already announced their new destinations, there are still plenty of quality uncommitted transfers. The top players are listed here, and Wheeler and Jones are now among them. Wheeler handed out 7.4 assists per game for the Bulldogs last season.. Jones, meanwhile, was the Sun Belt Player of the Year.
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As members of this list commit to new schools, it may dwindle. However, there are still new players entering the portal every day, and some of them look like the type of guys who could contribute for NCAA Tournament teams. These rankings will change over the offseason, but for now, here’s a glance at the top of the uncommitted list for players in the portal.
Old school: Minnesota
After four years in college, it wouldn’t be shocking to see Carr wind up keeping his name in the NBA Draft conversation, because he’s certainly good enough to make money playing basketball somewhere, even if he’s not selected. The 6-foot-2 guard was asked to shoulder a huge scoring load for Minnesota as a redshirt junior this past season, but he’s also a solid distributor
2. Adam Miller
Old school: Illinois
Miller played a key supporting role beside stars Ayo Dosunmu and Kofi Cockburn during a 24-7 season that saw Illinois earn a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The former No. 33 overall prospect from the Class of 2020 started every game for the Illini and was among the team’s most consistent outside threats.
3. Tre Mitchell
Old school: UMass
Mitchell is a first-team All-A-10 center after leading UMass in scoring, rebounding and blocks as a sophomore. With two seasons of serious production for the Minutemen on his resume, there is little question the former top-100 prospect from the class of 2019 is capable of starting at a top-25 caliber school.
4. Mac McClung
Old school: Texas Tech
McClung could end up at his third school after entering the transfer portal and the NBA Draft following one season at Texas Tech. The former Georgetown guard upped his 3-point percentage to 34.3% this season but still isn’t the world’s most-efficient scorer.
5. James Akinjo
Old school: Arizona
Akinjo averaged 15.6 points and 5.4 assists on 40.8% 3-point shooting at Arizona this season after transferring in from Georgetown. The 6-foot-1 guard also entered his name into the NBA Draft, but he could dramatically improve a program’s 2021-22 roster if he opts to play another season of college ball.
6. DeVante Jones
Old school: Coastal Carolina
Jones earned Sun Belt Player of the Year honors after averaging 19.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.8 steals per game for an 18-8 team. The 6-foot-1 guard is an efficient scorer inside the arc who also demonstrated an improved 3-point shot as a redshirt junior this past season.
7. Bryce Thompson
Old school: Kansas
Injuries slowed the No. 21 overall prospect from the class of 2020 during his freshman season, but Thompson’s potential remains tantalizing. The 6-5 combo guard could end up like Quentin Grimes and turn into a star in his next stop.
8. Rasir Bolton
Old school: Iowa State
Bolton led Iowa State in scoring during an abysmal 2-22 season that led to Steve Prohm’s dismissal as coach. In a season at Penn State and two with the Cyclones, the 6-3 guard has always averaged double figures and has increased his productivity as a distributor and rebounder each season.
Old school: Maryland
The Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year is in the portal, although he’s also declared for the NBA Draft and left open the possibility of a return to Maryland. Morsell’s offensive game is limited, but he’s developed a reputation as one of the nation’s best perimeter defenders during four years in the Big Ten.
10. Jacob Young
Old school: Rutgers
After spending his first two seasons at Texas, Young emerged as a star for the first Rutgers since 1983 to win an NCAA Tournament game. The 6-2 guard has entered the NBA Draft, but he is also in the portal, which means he could end up at a third school as a sixth-year senior.
11. De’Vion Harmon
Old school: Oklahoma
Oklahoma’s second-leading scorer from this past season is in the portal as the program transitions from Lon Kruger to Porter Moser. Harmon, a 6-foot-2 guard, was a top-50 prospect in the 2019 class who took major strides offensively this past season while averaging 12.9 points.
12. CJ Frederick
Old school: Iowa
In two seasons at Iowa, Frederick proved himself to be one of the best 3-point shooters in the country by making 46.6% of his long-range attempts in 52 starts with the Hawkeyes. The 6-foot-3 wing is also skilled enough to score in other ways and should have three seasons of eligibility remaining.
13. Sahvir Wheeler
Old school: Georgia
Wheeler finished fifth nationally with 7.4 assists per game as a sophomore while starting all 26 games for the Bulldogs. The 5-foot-10 former four-star prospect also entered his name in the NBA Draft but will need to develop his 3-point shot and cut back on turnovers in order to improve his professional outlook.
14. Rocket Watts
Old school: Michigan State
The former top-40 prospect from the 2019 class has yet to put everything together and is clearly not a natural point guard. But the 6–2 Detroit native shows flashes of greatness that can perhaps be unlocked with greater regularity in a new locale.
15. Jaemyn Brakefield
Old school: Duke
Brakefiled was the No. 42 overall player in the Class of 2020 but logged just 12.5 minutes per game for a subpar Duke team as a freshman. Perhaps a fresh start will help the 6-8 forward unlock the potential that largely remained dormant as he struggled for playing time this season.
16. Bryce Hamilton
Old school: UNLV
Hamilton is a two-time All-Mountain West selection who rebounds well and snagged 1.3 steals per game this season. His career 31.3% 3-point percentage isn’t great, but he puts up points anyway, and his all-around game is good enough to make him a power conference contributor.
17. Jalen Pickett
Old school: Siena
With a career average of 6.1 assists per game and a career 3-point shooting mark of 36%, Pickett could be a productive addition for a major conference squad. The 6-4 was the MAAC Player of the Year in the 2019-20 season.
18. Jalen Coleman-Lands
Old school: Iowa State
Iowa State was awful last season in his lone season with the program, but Coleman-Lands put up decent numbers with a 39.5% 3-point shooting mark. The 6-4 guard is now searching for his fourth collegiate home after earlier stops at Illinois and DePaul.
19. Cam’Ron Fletcher
Old school: Kentucky
To say Fletcher’s freshman season didn’t go as planned would be an understatement. But the 6-foot-6 wing was considered a top-100 prospect in the 2020 class, and the fact that Kentucky signed him in the first place gives him a certain level of intrigue.