It’s free-agency season in college basketball.

Well, not technically. But in the age of the free one-time transfer (as well as graduate transfers), the offseason has become a time for teams to radically rebuild their rosters. Nearly 1,700 players entered the transfer portal last year, and while those numbers might have been boosted by the pandemic, we can expect another busy spring and summer of player movement.

The Athletic is here to help you keep up with all of the transactions. We’re ranking the top uncommitted transfers and high school prospects, and we’ll constantly update this list as players come on and off the board. College players here are listed by the class in which they’ll participate in the 2022-23 season. A good rule of thumb to remember with the portal: guards are always easier to find than bigs.

As players commit, we’re updating this list with a ranking of the best fits. Nijel Pack to Miami, and Kendric Davis to Memphis lead the list right now. Sunday was the final day players can enter the transfer portal and use the immediate-transfer rule, though others could be granted waivers by the NCAA.

Let’s go portaling (and crootin’):

1. Tyrese Hunter | 6-0 guard | sophomore | Iowa State

This one is a surprise. Hunter was the starting point guard on a Sweet 16 team and the foundational piece for Iowa State to build around. He is arguably the best two-way guard on the market and one of the best returning point guards in college hoops. The Big 12 was an old man’s league, and only three freshmen were real contributors this year: Hunter and Baylor’s two wings who are off to the NBA. Hunter was one of the best defensive point guards in the league and flashed plenty of upside on the offensive end. He needs to find consistency in his jumper — he shot 27.4 percent from 3 — but there’s hope there, especially after making 7-of-11 3s in tourney win over LSU. He’s further along as a driver and passer. His ability to read a defense and deliver passes most don’t see is impressive. Put him with a good roller and surround him with shooters, and his assist numbers could skyrocket. He averaged 4.9 on a bad shooting team. He’s also got some burst with the ball in his hands. You can plug him in and make him the starter on just about any team in college basketball.

2. Isiaih Mosley | 6-5 guard | senior | Missouri State

One of the best pull-up artists in all of college basketball has hit the portal. It’s tough to be a bigger scoring threat than Mosley is, a lethal scorer from all three levels that just put up one of the most efficient high-volume scoring seasons of the last decade in college basketball. He scored 20 points per game on 50 percent shooting from the field, 42.7 percent from 3 on about five attempts per game, and 90 percent from the line. The last person to put up a 50/40/90 season while averaging 20 points per game? How about we try this on for a Matt Norlander and Gary Parrish-style Trivia Time: Luke Babbitt at Nevada back in 2009-10 (shout out Larnell). He’s a professional scorer, one of those guys who would be able to get buckets no matter the talent level against him. He had two 40-point games this season, including in an absolutely sensational duel with a guy right below him on this list in A.J. Green. Mosley has some work to do on defense and could stand to be a slightly better distributor. But there is not a better scorer in the portal. He should be chased by every single team in the country. He has a case as the best transfer available in the country right now given how much you know you can trust him to just step on the floor and get buckets from Day One.

3. Pete Nance | 6-10 big | graduate | Northwestern

Immediately one of the better players in the portal. There just isn’t much that Nance doesn’t do. He would have been all-conference in any other league outside of the Big Ten, but was just stuck behind the ridiculously loaded set of bigs in that league and got underrated as a result of it. He’s a 15-point, seven-rebound, three-assist guy per game, where all of those skills show up functionally on tape. He can handle and pass out of dribble hand-offs and you can play him higher up the court. He hit 45 percent from 3 this season, a number that may be a slight anomaly, but I buy him as a 40-percent guy from distance. He blocks one shot per game because he is an excellent weak-side rotator who is always in the right spot. It’s ridiculously difficult to be a big that puts up these counting numbers on 50 percent from the field, more than 40 percent from 3 and more than 75 percent from the line, and he did it against the absolute best frontcourt competition in the country night-after-night. He’s a clear top-five available transfer if he doesn’t go through with the NBA Draft. Ultimately, I see him as a two-way grade in that process if he decides to, so it’ll just be up to him on what he wants for his life and career moving forward.

4. Kevin McCullar | 6-6 wing | senior | Texas Tech

McCullar immediately enters as one of the best players in the portal, a 6-6 wing capable of handling the ball as a lead guard just as easily as he can play off the ball on the wing. The numbers don’t pop off the page, but coaches that look beyond the stat sheet at the context will understand why they don’t. McCullar was off to a killer start this season, averaging 14 points, six rebounds and four assists per game while shooting 44 percent from the field and 37 percent from 3, but then suffered a pair of ankle injuries that he decided to play through during conference play. Over the next month, he shot just 30 percent from the field and 22 percent from 3 as he played through the pain and didn’t quite have the same balance or elevation. Beyond that though, McCullar is an exceptionally tough defender, one of the absolute best in the country. Even taking into account the ankle injuries, it was still an absolute sham that he didn’t make the All-Defense team in the Big 12, arguably the most nonsensical award decision of the 2022 season. Essentially, the team that gets McCullar — and that’s if he actually ends up transferring, given that he is also declared for the 2022 NBA Draft — will acquire one of the toughest players in the country, and the kind of guy who possesses a skillset that helps win games. Coaches will really work hard on this one.

5. Malachi Smith | 6-4 guard | senior | Chattanooga

The Southern Conference Player of the Year looks like a guy who should have no issue playing at the high-major level on either end of the floor. This is a league that’s produced some good players in the ACC recently, most notably Virginia Tech’s Keve Aluma. Smith is a big, physical guard built to score who also excels on the defensive end. He averaged 19.9 points, 3.0 assists, 6.7 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game this year for Chattanooga, which nearly upset Illinois in the NCAA Tournament. Smith is a good spot-up shooter — 40.7 percent from 3 — and does a lot of his work off the bounce. He’s tough with a live dribble. He drives with force and is a good finisher at the basket. He’s also a good cutter and Chattanooga often played through him in the post as well. Smith started his career at Wright State and moved on after one year, then sat out a season at Chattanooga. He still has two seasons of eligibility left. He has also put his name in the NBA Draft. Surely former Chattanooga coach Lamont Paris will try to bring in his former star at South Carolina, but he’ll likely have some competition. Smith can play either guard spot and an efficient scorer like him with a game that looks like it will translate should generate a lot of interest from high-majors.

6. AJ Green | 6-4 guard | senior | Northern Iowa

Green is one of the most skilled guards in the country and built to score. He can get his jumper off in a phone booth. He needs little time or space and can shoot it off the bounce or catch with accuracy. He knows how to use a ball screen and change speeds, allowing him to get to his spots to score. He also can make all the passes and reads out of ball screens. He’s got an assortment of finishes with either hand and is tricky with fakes, allowing him to get to the line frequently, where he’s a career 90 percent foul shooter. The expectation is that he’ll join his father Kyle Green at Iowa State. The elder Green joined T.J. Otzelberger’s staff a year ago. He’d slide right into the Izaiah Brockington role as the primary scorer. He also has the passing and ball handling skills to play point guard, so he could help eat up some of the minutes of the gaping hole left by Tyrese Hunter’s departure. Green has a year of eligibility remaining. Northern Iowa went 28-8 in the Missouri Valley in 2020 and 2022 and just 7-11 without him in 2021. Assuming he doesn’t stay in the NBA Draft — he’s also testing the waters — he’ll be a huge addition wherever he lands, but it’d be surprising if he leaves the state.


Kenneth Lofton Jr. has a unique frame and a whole lot of game. (Jerome Miron / USA Today)

7. Kenneth Lofton Jr. | 6-7 center | junior | Louisiana Tech

This is a big one. Lofton is one of the most productive players in college basketball, a big-bodied double-double machine that dominates the glass on both ends of the floor and finishes on the interior with smart touch. One of those guys that have seemingly been questioned at every single level going back to high school due to his unusually hefty frame, the results are undeniable. He was the Conference USA Freshman of the Year in 2021 before going to play with the gold medal-winning FIBA U19 team last summer, where he was basically the team’s third-most productive player behind future top-five picks Chet Holmgren and Jaden Ivey. He returned to Louisiana Tech this year and continued to carve out his position on the court against basically anyone he wanted, averaging 16 points and 10 rebounds, showcasing dramatic improvement as an offensive hub by passing at a high level and creating opportunities for his teammates. He’s an unconventional player as a 6-foot-7, 275-pound center, and with that comes downsides. He’s a mess in defensive coverages out in space, and he needs to keep working on his conditioning in order to stay on the court. But Lofton should be expected to be one of the most productive players in the country for each of the next three years he has eligibility. I’d expect most schools to reach out. Originally from Port Arthur, Texas, the best stylistic fit within that area would be Houston — about a two-hour drive from Port Arthur — given its emphasis on crashing the offensive glass and playing with physicality.

8. Patrick Baldwin Jr. | 6-9 forward | sophomore | Milwaukee

Baldwin is a real conundrum for coaches. A top-five prospect in the 2021 recruiting class, Baldwin chose to go play for his father at Milwaukee and carve out his own path. It went poorly. He had a terrible season, averaging 12 points and six rebounds while shooting 34 percent from the field and 26 percent from 3 in 11 games before shutting it down with an injury. Some of that is contextual. Baldwin’s guards at Milwaukee were horrible this season, totally incapable of getting him the ball in advantageous positions to make plays. He took only a handful of uncontested looks the entire season. Any team that gets Baldwin at the high-major level will have a much easier time getting Baldwin chances, if only because the talent around him will be better. Teams won’t be able to sell out all they have to stop him coming off of off-ball screening actions to get free. I’d love to see him at an actual basketball power next year. I think that’s where he’ll be best utilized. He needs to get tougher, and be willing to fight through the difficult moments. But I think if he’s in a better situation, that’ll shine through. He’s huge at 6-foot-9, and he’s a good shooter regardless of what the percentages say. Any person who saw him at the high school level will tell you that. Of course, all of this is dependent on him coming back to college. Multiple sources on the NBA personnel side still see him as a first-round grade despite his tough season, and I still have him as a top-25 guy in the class because I buy the shooting that much.

9. Josh Minott | 6-8 forward | sophomore | Memphis

Minott is one of the better NBA prospects currently in the portal, a genuine potential difference-maker who could come in and make a huge impact in a new spot — if he doesn’t decide to go through with the draft. At 6-foot-8, he’s an active, athletic player who just tends to make things happen out there through his sheer presence. A late bloomer in the 2021 recruiting class as scouts got to see players later in the process, Minott emerged into an all-freshman performer in the AAC while averaging seven points and four rebounds per game. He makes his free throws and can attack off the bounce. He’s a switchable defender. Basically, it’s unclear why Penny Hardaway chose to play him only 15 minutes per game. He did a lot of good when he was out there. NBA scouts are genuinely interested, and if he goes through with the process, he could find himself on a guaranteed rostered contract as a project worth undertaking. If he doesn’t go that route, though, look at LSU as a potential landing spot. Why? The assistant coach who recruited him at Memphis, Cody Toppert, moved over to LSU under Matt McMahon. Minott is from Florida originally, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a few of those schools get involved, either. But any team looking for a significant upside swing in the visage of another LSU transfer forward from this year, Tari Eason, would do well to consider Minott.

10. Leonard Miller | 6-10 wing | post-grad | Fort Erie International

Miller is considered the best prospect remaining in Canada, a 6-foot-10 playmaker who has high-major schools chasing after him due to the upside he has as a scorer. It’s worth noting that he’s draft-eligible this year, but has recently announced a list of 10 options he’s still considering, including the G League Ignite and Overtime Elite. On the college front, it’s a who’s who of interesting potential landing spots, from Gonzaga, Kentucky, Auburn and Kansas down to TCU, where his brother Emmanuel is a starting forward. He has kind of a unique game, as he’s a legit creator off of the bounce with real attacking capabilities at 6-foot-10. There really aren’t many guys with this level of size and are this coordinated and capable in that regard. He also has a pretty smooth shot, although one that he’ll need to keep working through as he moves up to playing at higher levels of athleticism and speed. He’s not a crazy athlete in terms of explosiveness, but his balance and fluidity are very high level. He’s a genuine high-major talent who could start very quickly, but there is some real uncertainty as NBA teams and coaches try to figure out his game, as he just utterly dominates the talent level he currently plays at due to his length and skill. The ceiling makes him worthy of a top-10 spot on this list, though. He’s extremely gifted and has potential to be a 15-point-per-game scorer next year in the right collegiate situation.

11. Courtney Ramey | 6-3 guard | graduate | Texas

Ramey is just an easy fit into any backcourt as an absolutely terrific 3-and-D player who profiles exceedingly well next to a creative guard. Ramey locked up some of the Big 12’s best players this season for Texas, including potential Kansas lottery pick Ochai Agbaji. On top of that, he has hit 37 percent of his 3s over the course of his time in college, and has shown the occasional ability to play some point because he’s a reliable decision-maker (even if he’s not necessarily the most natural playmaker or ballhandler). A third-team All-Big 12 selection in 2021, Ramey isn’t officially in the portal yet, but he has announced through his father’s Twitter account that he’ll be entering the 2022 NBA Draft as well as exploring his transfer options. If that’s the case, we would anticipate him being highly sought after as a solid power conference starter who can reliably take tough assignments and make shots. He’s the kind of scalable player to any situation who helps teams win games.

12. Matthew Mayer | 6-9 forward | graduate | Baylor

Mayer has always been a streaky scorer. Early in his career he never saw a shot he didn’t like. He had more discretion as a senior but still was plenty happy to pull the trigger. The biggest strides he made the last few years were on the defensive end, going from a liability to someone who brought value to that end because of his length, athleticism and switchability. He has a lot of skill at his size, able to put the ball on the floor and shake defenders as well as shoot from distance. He was inconsistent shooting the ball this year and shot just 32.4 percent from 3, which was a surprise considering he made 38.8 percent of his 3s the previous two years. His intention is to stay in the NBA Draft, but he’ll be a player worth monitoring for any team looking for a big wing. He can play either forward spot and is coming from a winning program. Armando Bacot is already recruiting him on Twitter, and he’d actually make a lot of sense sliding into the Brady Manek role at UNC. He’s not as good a shooter as Manek but is a better defender.

13. Grant Sherfield | 6-2 guard | senior | Nevada

Sherfield is among the most productive guards to have hit the portal this year, coming off of a season of having averaged 19 points, six assists and four rebounds. He was the only player in college basketball to average at least 19 points and five assists last season. Pretty good! Oh, and by the way, that’s the second-straight year that he’s done it. He’s a dynamic offensive creator who can buzz in and out of the lane out of ball-screens with ease and make high-level passing reads. He’s also a legitimate three-level scorer. He can drive all the way to the rim to finish reasonably well (or get fouled), he has a strong floater game, and he can pull up with reasonable efficiency from 17 feet and out. He hit his pull-ups at a 43.1 effective field goal percentage, a solid number for a primary ballhandler who takes exceedingly difficult attempts. Any team looking for an immediate starting guard and an infusion of offense will do a deep dive on Sherfield. I’d expect he ends up at one of the bigger schools in the country.

14. Emoni Bates | 6-9 wing | sophomore | Memphis

The highest-profile transfer in the country, Bates is one of the most hyped prospects to come through the college basketball system in a long time. He chose to attend Memphis a year early — he is not even draft eligible following his freshman season due to his age — in hopes of getting better development. Unfortunately, the season turned out disastrously and has ended in him departing. It is not unfair to say that Bates was just not ready for the collegiate level, and ended up being one of the most harmful players in the country to his team this past season. He was an inefficient scorer, didn’t make great reads in ball screens, and was completely out of his depth defensively in terms of making the right reads and rotations. Penny Hardaway played him at point guard at times, and the results were poor. Bates sat out games due to injury from late January until the NCAA Tournament started. In those games where Bates was out, Memphis was a clear top-10 team in the country by most metrics. In the games where Bates played prior to that, Memphis was ranked outside of the top-60, per Bart Torvik’s database.

You can’t put all of that at Bates’ feet, but he was a significant factor in the Tigers’ early struggles this year. Still, he’s an 18-year-old with some real shot-making prowess from distance and dexterity with the ball. The upside here is high if he’s willing to really come in, do the work, and improve upon some of the nuances of the game that he currently lacks right now. He needs to move without the ball well, lock in on his team defense and learn the right rotations, and become a team guy. If he’s willing to do that, he’s a top-five player in the portal. He could average over 17 points per game in the right spot with some development. He’s that skilled of a shot-maker. If teams find that this year didn’t necessarily work toward humbling him into understanding these factors, he’s probably not worth recruiting. This one is all about the terms Bates expects his transfer recruitment to be on. This is an incredibly important decision and offseason for Bates. He and those around him need to make the right decisions, or he runs the risk of setting himself up for a much more difficult professional pathway. Ranking him on something like this is going to be pretty foolhardy. Some coaches will likely just avoid the situation, whereas others will dive headfirst in and take a swing.

15. Efe Abogidi | 6-10 forward | junior | Washington State

It’s tough to find forwards with two-way upside like this. Abogidi, originally from Nigeria by way of the Australian NBA Global Academy, burst onto the scene as a breakout freshman in 2021, averaging nine points and seven rebounds per game. But more than that, it was his combination of shooting and shot-blocking that caught scouts’ eyes. Abogidi blocked 1.3 shots in his first year while hitting a 3 every other game, not a normal skill set. This season, Abogidi’s minutes were a bit more hit or miss than in that first season — in part due to a preseason knee injury that forced him to miss the entire preseason and held him back throughout portions of the season — but his close to the year showcased some real growth that will make him a highly sought-after player in the portal. He averaged 11 points, seven rebounds, 1.3 steals and over two blocks per game while shooting 52/36/82 in his last 11 games. He has tremendous defensive upside in the right situation that allows him to roam a bit around the rim and be a weak-side terror with his 7-foot-4 wingspan. However, the knees remain a factor. Abogidi suffered a very serious knee injury — tearing his ACL, MCL and meniscus — in 2017 that actually held him out for almost two years as he underwent three surgeries. Teams that recruit Abogidi should be certain to have a backup option. But as long as they have that infrastructure in place, he’s a no-brainer add across the country as a big man that helps you win games on both ends of the court.

16. KC Ndefo | 6-7 forward | graduate | Saint Peter’s

The star of Saint Peter’s magical run to the Elite Eight as a 15-seed, Ndefo is one of the most dynamic defensive players in all of college basketball. He’s the three-time Defensive Player of the Year in the MAAC, and frankly should be a multi-time MAAC Player of the Year if defense was properly accounted for within awards like this. He’s an utterly outstanding player on that end, a twitchy, switchable perimeter defender as a 4 man. But more than that, he’s an elite rim protector despite being 6-foot-7. He’s unbelievable rotating over from the weak side and even swats some jumpers. Offensively, Ndefo does have some weaknesses. He’s not a great shooter. But he is a capable driver and he passes well as a secondary piece. He’s a no-brainer high-major starter, in my view — especially for a team that has a strong, floor-spacing 5 man. All you have to do is watch the way his game translated to playing against high-major players in the NCAA. It felt completely translatable. He should be among the more popular options in the portal for analytically-inclined teams that are willing to value the defensive end properly.

17. Umoja Gibson | 6-1 guard | graduate | Oklahoma

Gibson will be a second-time transfer and a sixth-year senior wherever he decides to end up, after getting a medical redshirt following a season-ending ankle injury in his second game as a freshman at North Texas, and his additional COVID year last season. Over that time, Gibson has undeniably emerged as a starting caliber guard at the high-major level. There are few better shooters in college basketball, as Gibson is a consistent 40 percent sniper from distance on a high-volume pull-up and catch-and-shoot barrage of about seven attempts per game from beyond the arc. That has an incredible amount of value when he’s got it rolling. But he’s a 2-guard in a point guard’s body at 6-1,175 pounds and can be susceptible to getting taken advantage of on defense. He’s best utilized next to another, much bigger guard who can handle the ball as a point guard and defend 2 guards so he doesn’t have to take on that load. He’s an easily projectable 14 points per game on efficient marksmanship from distance. If you have the infrastructure to insulate him a bit defensively, Gibson can be a high-level impact player in the right situation.

18. Keion Brooks Jr. | 6-7 forward | junior | Kentucky

Brooks is a former five-star recruit who has been a reasonable role player at Kentucky for a few years, but has never really seemed to put it all together. If you look at the counting numbers and his contextual situation, you can see some real appeal here. He started all 33 games he appeared in for Kentucky last season, and averaged 11 points and four rebounds. He is physically ready to play in any league in the country. But the cracks show the more you watch him. He has never really improved as a shooter out to the 3-point line, and he loves to settle for terrible midrange jumpers that end up being inefficient looks. He doesn’t make a ton of high-level passing reads. But he does have some real defensive versatility. Brooks is a good 4-man for someone, but probably was never going to get a primary role at Kentucky. There are probably some programs in the Big Ten that could use Brooks in a bit of a more primary role if he wanted to go a bit closer to his Indiana home, but to be effective in that situation he needs to be willing to continue improving his skill level as a shooter and distributor.

 


Emmanuel Akot is a glue guy option for a high-major team. (Ray Acevedo / USA Today)

19. Emmanuel Akot | 6-8 point wing | senior | Boise State

It seems like this decision to hit the portal is more about keeping all of his options open. It was recently reported by Boise beat writer B.J. Rains that Akot will also declare for the draft, so it seems like this is entirely about seeing what the best option for him is next season across the board, be it professionally or in college. If he does decide to move on, teams will be getting a unique player. Akot’s numbers — 10 points, three rebounds, three assists with a below-average 51.1 true-shooting percentage — don’t blow you away, but he’s an extraordinarily versatile chess piece. He essentially ran the offense at the point this year for Boise State, allowing Marcus Shaver to stay off the ball and take advantage of his scoring abilities. There were times where Akot slid down to the 5 (and everywhere in between). He’s capable of defending all of these positions as well. Ultimately, Akot really struggles to elevate and finish, so his value offensively at a higher level than the Mountain West will be dependent upon him continuing to hit 39 percent from 3 this season. But any high-major looking for a versatile starter who can plug a lot of gaps, play on the ball occasionally, and defend at a high level could do worse than bringing in Akot essentially as a veteran, one-year plug-and-play starter. He could help a good team win some games as long as the jumper stays steady.

20. Michael Jones | 6-5 wing | senior | Davidson

Jones is about as pure a floor-spacer as you’ll find in the portal, a sniper from distance who has a track record as strong as a shooter as anyone else available. A redshirt junior with two years of eligibility left, he’ll likely be looking for a new home because Davidson doesn’t have graduate programs at its school. He hit 42 percent from 3 this past season on five attempts per game, with many of those coming off of tough movement opportunities within Davidson’s offense. Overall, he posted 12 points, four rebounds and two assists for an NCAA Tournament team. He’s also not a bad passer and knows how to read the defense. He can attack a closeout occasionally and back-cut for wide-open looks at the rim, but mostly we’re talking about a 3-point gunner here who profiles well for any team looking for an influx of shooting. He’s originally from Minnesota, so it wouldn’t be all that surprising to see him end up in the Big Ten.

21. Justin Powell | 6-6 guard | sophomore | Tennessee

A cautionary tale of what can go wrong if you choose the wrong landing place as a transfer. Coming off of a great start to a freshman season that was cut short by injury at Auburn, Powell transferred. Instead of finding another place with all sorts of offensive freedom — the kind of scheme he thrived in, with his skill as a ballhandler and shooter — Powell chose to go to Tennessee. Rick Barnes and the Tennessee program are a lot of really great things, but it’s not one that was ever going to get the most out of Powell, or provide him with the kind of situation that worked for him. At the end of the day, Powell is a big guard who can handle the ball and can really score from beyond the arc. You have to insulate him defensively, and he is going to have to be willing to put more effort into becoming salvageable on that end of the court. But he’s big, and he can shoot, and guys like this tend to find success. Ultimately, where he ends up completely depends on what kind of role he wants. If he wants to have free rein and totally run an offense, maybe somewhere like Western Kentucky makes sense. But if he’s willing to be more of a secondary ballhandler and high-level shooter in a free-flowing offense, I do think he is something of an underrated asset still to a high-major program.

22. Felipe Haase | 6-9 center | graduate | Mercer

A Chilean big man who started his career as a role player at South Carolina before blossoming into an All-SoCon-level big man at Mercer, Haase will be very popular for teams looking to find a floor-spacing center. He hit 40.2 percent of his 325 3-point attempts over his two years at Mercer, and really showcased some ability to make decisions as an offensive initiator and passer. He reads the game really well and has skills. He has some inherent limitations defensively if he chooses to move back up to the high-major level. But as a sixth-year big essentially on a one-year deal that has hit 41 percent from 3 at the high major level for a season before moving back down and rounding out his game, Haase should be very fairly popular for coaches that need a degree of skill. I think he’s a high-major starter at a mid-tier school that has a chance to make the NCAA Tournament.

23. Dexter Dennis | 6-5 wing | senior | Wichita State

Dennis could be a nice piece if put in the right spot. He’s athletic and a plus defender who can guard multiple spots. He’s had a weird career at Wichita State, where he averaged 8.8 points and 5.0 rebounds in four seasons. He regressed every year as a shooter, making 40 percent of his 3s as a freshman and just 29.7 percent this year. He’s at 34.3 percent for his career. So there’s some hope a shot doctor could maybe get him back to a respectable percentage. He’s never been a guy who can get his off the bounce, but he has slightly improved in his ability to put the ball on the floor and get in the paint. He needs to be on a team where he can focus on being a lockdown defender and then offensively be utilized as a cutter and getting out in transition, where his athleticism will play.

24. Xavier Pinson | 6-1 guard | graduate | LSU

Pinson has been a two-year starter in the SEC, and you know what you’re getting with him at this point. He’s a proven lead guard who just provides constant pressure and energy with his quickness. And yet, there has always been something that is just a bit missing here. Even though LSU’s record seemed to get worse when he’s on the court, the team’s on-off numbers were drastically better when he wasn’t out there, per Pivot Analysis. When he played, LSU averaged 105.3 points on offense and 97.9 points on defense. When he was off the court, LSU scored 109.1 points and gave up just 91.6. This comes in spite of the fact that Pinson actually missed six SEC games and played all of LSU’s non-conference games, meaning the numbers should actually be skewed the other way. He averaged 10 points and five assists per game, but shot just 36 percent from the field and 24 percent from 3. LSU went 20-8 with him versus 2-4 without him, but we think that’s more a function of not having anyone else as opposed to Pinson being outstanding. He’s a proven high-major player, but we might rather take a shot on some guys with higher upsides.

25. Keyshawn Bryant | 6-6 forward | graduate | South Carolina

Bryant is an experienced high-major player who started 72 games in four seasons at South Carolina and averaged 8.6 points per game. He’s an athletic lefty who can play and guard either forward spot. He’s a below-average shooter and has always put up low-efficiency numbers with a fairly high usage rate. He’d be better suited playing a role as a low-usage energy guy, because his length and quickness are usable tools, especially at 6-6.

26. Javon Franklin | 6-7 big | graduate | South Alabama

This one is just all about athleticism. Franklin is one of the top athletes in the portal, an incredible leaper who threw down highlight-reel dunk after highlight-reel dunk this year at South Alabama. Originally a junior college transfer to Auburn, Franklin played sparingly there his first two seasons before thriving as an open-court, pick-and-roll big under Richie Riley that could also be used on the block to elevate over opposing players. Unsurprisingly given that level of athleticism, he can make his presence felt on the defensive end, too. He’s not really all that skilled comparatively to other potential high-major bigs, but a mid-tier high-majors who have skill around him could utilize him well as a fifth starter or sixth man off the bench after he averaged 12 points and eight rebounds per game while shooting 65 percent from the field on his steady diet of dunks.

Players previously ranked

(Ranking at time of commitment)

No. 1 Yohan Traore (HS to Auburn)

No. 2 Nijel Pack (Kansas State to Miami)

No. 3 Kendric Davis (SMU to Memphis)

No. 3 Baylor Scheierman (South Dakota State to Creighton)

No. 4. Malik Reneau (HS to Indiana)

No. 5 Brandon Murray (LSU to Georgetown)

No. 6 Skyy Clark (HS to Illinois)

No. 7 Tristen Newton (East Carolina to Connecticut)

No. 7 Norchad Omier (Arkansas State to Miami)

No. 8 Trevon Brazile (Missouri to Arkansas)

No. 8 Andre Curbelo (Illinois to St. John’s)

No. 11 Julian Phillips (HS to Tennessee)

No. 11 Will Richard (Belmont to Florida)

No. 11 Johni Broome (Morehead State to Auburn)

No. 11 Osun Osunniyi (St. Bonaventure to Iowa State)

No. 12 Terrence Shannon (Texas Tech to Illinois)

No. 12 Antoine Davis (Staying at Detroit)

No. 12 Kyle Lofton (St. Bonaventure to Florida)

No. 12 Ricky Council (Wichita State to Arkansas)

No. 13 Mark Sears (Ohio to Alabama)

No. 14 Brandon Huntley-Hatfield (Tennessee to Louisville)

No. 17 Tanner Holden (Wright State to Ohio State)

No. 18 Donald Carey (Georgetown to Maryland)

No. 19 Yuri Collins (Staying at Saint Louis)

No. 20 Jalen Bridges (West Virginia to Baylor)

No. 20 K.J. Williams (Murray State to LSU)

No. 20 David Jones (DePaul to St. John’s)

No. 21 Terry Roberts (Bradley to Georgia)

No. 21 Bryce Hopkins (Kentucky to Providence)

No. 21 Jahmir Young (Charlotte to Maryland)

No. 21 Frankie Collins (Michigan to Arizona State)

No. 22 Fardaws Aimaq (Utah Valley to Texas Tech)

No. 22 Noah Carter (Northern Iowa to Missouri)

No. 22 Adam Miller (Staying at LSU)

No. 23 Jalen Graham (Arizona State to Arkansas)

No. 23 John-Michael Wright (High Point to Oklahoma State)

No. 23 Kario Oquendo (staying at Georgia)

No. 23 Darin Green (UCF to Florida State)

No. 23 Souley Boum (UTEP to Xavier)

No. 24 Alex Fudge (Florida to LSU)

No. 24 Antonio Reeves (Illinois State to Kentucky)

No. 25 Payton Sparks (staying at Ball State)

No. 26 Ben Vander Plas (Ohio to Indiana)

No. 27 Landers Nolley (Memphis to Cincinnati)

No. 27 Tre Mitchell (Texas to West Virginia)

No. 28 Tyreke Key (Indiana State to Tennessee)

No. 28 Jermaine Couisnard (South Carolina to Oregon)

No. 28. Caleb Asberry (Texas State to Oklahoma State)

No. 29 Devin Carter (South Carolina to Providence)

No. 29 Jarkel Joiner (Ole Miss to NC State)

No. 29 Sean McNeil (West Virginia to Ohio State)

No. 29 Manny Bates (NC State to Butler)

No. 29 Jamarion Sharp (Staying at Western Kentucky)

No. 30 De’Vion Harmon (Oregon to Texas Tech)

No. 33 Jake Stephens (VMI to Chattanooga)

No. 33 Franck Kepnang (Oregon to Washington)

No. 33 Jaren Holmes (St. Bonaventure to Iowa State)

No. 33. Andre Kelly (California to UCSB)

No. 34 DJ Burns Jr. (Winthrop to NC State)

No. 35 Dawson Garcia (North Carolina to Minnesota)

No. 35. Jarod Lucas (Oregon State to Nevada)

No. 36 Elijah Harkless (Oklahoma to UNLV)

No. 36 Al-Amir Dawes (Clemson to Seton Hall)

No. 37 Ali Ali (Akron to Butler)

No. 37. Khalil Shabazz (Staying at San Francisco)

No. 38 Eric Hunter (Purdue to Butler)

No. 39 Morriz Udeze (Wichita State to New Mexico)

No. 41 Tristan Enaruna (Iowa State to Cleveland State)

No. 41 Dre Davis (Louisville to Seton Hall)

No. 42 Cam Spencer (Loyola Maryland to Rutgers)

No. 43 Eric Gaines (LSU to UAB)

No. 43 Tyree Appleby (Florida to Wake Forest)

No. 44 Isaac Likekele (Oklahoma State to Ohio State)

No. 47 D’Moi Hodge (Cleveland State to Missouri)

No. 48 Efton Reid (LSU to Gonzaga)

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