College basketball transfer rankings for 2020-21 and 2021-22

College basketball transfer rankings for 2020-21 and 2021-22

The college basketball season’s premature end did nothing to slow the proliferation of transfers; it just got things started earlier than usual. There have been about 40 players entering the NCAA transfer portal each day since the season ended, and that’s unlikely to slow down any time soon.

For now, we have the transfers separated into two categories: sit-out transfers and immediately eligible graduate transfers. That could change to one big group in April, as the Division I council is expected to vote next month on a change to the transfer rule that could eliminate sit-out transfers.

Updated March 18, 2020. Will be updated regularly.

Spring sit-out transfers eligible for the 2021-22 season

1. Landers Nolley II, 6-foot-7, 230 pounds, SF, redshirt freshman, Virginia Tech
Nolley burst onto the scene with 30 points in his college debut against Clemson and then dropped 22 points against Michigan State. He will have his pick of schools. He averaged 15.5 points and 5.8 rebounds.

2. Trey McGowens, 6-foot-4, 190 pounds, G, sophomore, Pittsburgh
McGowens struggled to score during much of ACC play but is a very good passer and filled it up in the first half of the season. He had 24 points against both Louisville and North Carolina. He is the older brother of Florida State commit Bryce McGowens, and averaged 11.5 points and 3.6 assists.

3. Kobe King, 6-foot-4, 205 pounds, SG, sophomore, Wisconsin
King left Wisconsin after 19 games, despite starting all 19 games. He committed to Nebraska in late February, and the Cornhuskers will apply for a waiver to get him eligible next season. He averaged 10.0 points and 2.8 rebounds.

Committed to Nebraska

4. Erik Stevenson, 6-foot-3, 198 pounds, SG, sophomore, Wichita State
Stevenson averaged 11.1 points and 4.7 rebounds this past season for the Shockers and has a final five of Washington, Oregon, Gonzaga, Maryland and San Diego State.

5. Jamarius Burton, 6-foot-4, 200 pounds, SG, sophomore, Wichita State
Burton contributed in a number of ways this season for Wichita State, and opposing coaches have highlighted his toughness. He averaged 10.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists.

6. Jalen Carey, 6-foot-3, 186 pounds, PG, sophomore, Syracuse
A top-50 recruit coming out of high school, Carey was a role player as a freshman and played only two games this past season due to a thumb injury. He is a talented backcourt piece.

7. Makhi Mitchell, 6-foot-10, 235 pounds, PF, freshman, Maryland
The former ESPN 100 prospect transferred out of College Park along with his twin brother, Makhel. Makhi averaged 3.0 points and 3.3 rebounds in 12 games with the Terrapins. He has been linked to Rhode Island and Providence.

8. Sam Sessoms, 6-foot, 188 pounds, PG, sophomore, Binghamton
Sessoms put up big-time numbers in the America East last season, averaging 19.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.8 assists. He earned second-team all-league honors, despite Binghamton’s finishing 4-12 in league play.

9. Joshua Morgan, 6-foot-11, 195 pounds, C, freshman, Long Beach State
The Defensive Player of the Year in the Big West, Morgan is a high-ceiling big man who could be poised for a breakout campaign. He averaged 8.4 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.5 blocks.

10. Grant Sherfield, 6-foot-2, 189 pounds, PG, freshman, Wichita State
Sherfield had an up-and-down freshman season for the Shockers but was a capable distributor in conference play and had 14 points and six assists in a key, late win against SMU. He averaged 8.1 points and 2.9 assists.

11. Brycen Goodine, 6-foot-3, 183 pounds, SG, freshman, Syracuse
Goodine came off the board quickly after entering the portal. He was an ESPN 100 prospect but failed to carve out a role in his lone season at Syracuse. He averaged 1.9 points.

Committed to Providence

12. Shareef O’Neal, 6-foot-9, 220 pounds, PF, redshirt freshman, UCLA
O’Neal sat out his first season at UCLA because of a heart issue and played 13 games this past season before transferring. He averaged 2.2 points and 2.9 rebounds and will play at his father’s alma mater.

Committed to LSU

13. Hayden Koval, 7-foot, 220 pounds, C, sophomore, Central Arkansas
Koval should get high-major interest due to his size, shot-blocking ability and touch away from the basket. He averaged 12.2 points, 7.6 rebounds and 3.1 blocks and made 31 3-pointers.

14. Ty Brewer, 6-foot-7, 210 pounds, F, sophomore, SE Louisiana
Brewer had a number of big-time performances early in the season, including 30 points and six boards against Ole Miss and 26 points and 12 rebounds against Vanderbilt. He averaged 14.9 points and 7.7 boards.

15. Cameron Parker, 6-foot-2, 170 pounds, PG, sophomore, Sacred Heart
Parker missed the second half of the season because of an injury, but Parker was one of the nation’s elite distributors through 17 games. He had 24 assists in a December win and averaged 9.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 7.8 assists.

16. Dontrell Shuler, 6-foot-2, 180 pounds, SG, sophomore, Charleston Southern
Shuler left the team after 15 games but was one of the best scorers in the Big South prior to his departure. He averaged 17.9 points, including six games of 20 or more and a high of 34 against Hampton.

17. Ed Croswell, 6-foot-8, 250 pounds, PF, sophomore, La Salle
Croswell left the Explorers with three games left in the season, after averaging 10.0 points and 7.3 rebounds. He’s a physical inside player who does all his damage in the paint. He hit double figures in 10 of his past 11 games.

18. Jervay Green, 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, SG, junior, Nebraska
Green managed to average 8.2 points and 4.2 rebounds this season for the Cornhuskers, and he finished the season with 15 points in each of his final two games.

19. Zion Young, 6-foot-4, 190 pounds, SG, sophomore, Western Illinois
Young left Western Illinois along with Ben Pyle, and both players should generate interest. Young tailed off a bit down the stretch, but he was one of the best shooters in the Summit League and averaged 13.2 points.

20. Malik Martin, 6-foot-6, 210 pounds, SG, sophomore, Charlotte
Martin showed flashes during his sophomore season, improving his perimeter shot and being active on the defensive end. He averaged 9.0 points and 3.6 rebounds, shooting 37.8% from 3.

Graduate transfers eligible immediately

1. Seth Towns, 6-foot-7, 215 pounds, SF, senior, Harvard
The 2017-18 Ivy League Player of the Year, Towns missed the past two seasons because of knee injuries. If he’s healthy, he’s the clear-cut No. 1 player on this list, especially because he should have two more seasons of eligibility. He averaged 16.0 points and 5.7 rebounds and shot 44.1% from 3 in 2017-18. Kansas, Virginia, Syracuse, Ohio State, Michigan, Maryland and Duke are among his suitors.

2. Bryce Aiken, 6-foot, 175 pounds, PG, senior, Harvard
Aiken played just seven games this season before missing the rest due to injury. The former first-team All-Ivy guard averaged 16.7 points this season but put up 22.2 points in 18 games last season.

3. Jordan Bruner, 6-foot-9, 205 pounds, PF, senior, Yale
The first-team all-Ivy selection could choose to test his NBA draft options, sources told ESPN. Bruner stuffs the stat sheet, averaging 10.9 points, 9.2 rebounds and 3.8 assists. The South Carolina native also showed an improved outside shot this season.

4. Mike Smith, 5-foot-11, 180 pounds, PG, senior, Columbia
Smith has been in the portal since the season began, and he put forth an impressive season for high-majors to watch, averaging 22.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.5 assists. He has been linked to Michigan and Arizona.

5. Kevin Marfo, 6-foot-8, 245 pounds, PF, redshirt junior, Quinnipiac
The nation’s leading rebounder, Marfo is a dominant force on the glass, and he averaged double-figure points. He will look for an extended role after averaging 10.2 points and 13.3 rebounds.

6. E.J. Anosike, 6-foot-6, 245 pounds, PF, junior, Sacred Heart
Anosike is graduating in three years after averaging a double-double this past season: 15.7 points and 11.6 rebounds. He is aggressive around the rim and draws fouls at a very high clip.

7. Rich Kelly, 6-foot-1, 175 pounds, PG, junior, Quinnipiac
Kelly left Quinnipiac just days after Marfo and will generate plenty of interest. He averaged 16.7 points and 4.5 assists and shot 39.6% from 3-point range. He also shot 95.8% from the free throw stripe in conference play.

8. Darius Perry, 6-foot-2, 195 pounds, PG, junior, Louisville
Perry’s role diminished as the season progressed, as he lost his starting job in mid-February. He improved his outside shot as his career went on, shooting above 40% in ACC play this past season. He averaged 5.2 points and 2.5 assists.

9. Patrick Tape, 6-foot-10, 232 pounds, PF, senior, Columbia
Tape redshirted this past season. A highly efficient offensive player, Tape averaged 11.3 points and 5.9 rebounds in 2018-19 while shooting 66.7% from the field. He has visited USC, Maryland and Syracuse.

10. Kobe Webster, 6-foot, 160 pounds, PG, redshirt junior, Western Illinois
This high-level scorer generated interest from a number of schools after entering the transfer portal toward the end of the season. He averaged 17.1 points and 3.6 assists.

Committed to Nebraska

11. Tahj Eaddy, 6-foot-2, 165 pounds, G, redshirt junior, Santa Clara
Eaddy averaged 15.0 points as a sophomore before dropping to 9.1 points and 2.1 assists this past season. He finished the season strong, however, including a 20-point, five-assist outing against Saint Mary’s.

12. Ferron Flavors Jr., 6-foot-3, 190 pounds, SG, redshirt junior, Cal Baptist
One of the best shooters on the West Coast, Flavors buried 43.9% of his 3-pointers en route to averaging 13.5 points and 3.5 rebounds.

13. Nate Johnson, 6-foot-3, 180 pounds, SG, redshirt junior, Gardner-Webb
Johnson finished the season on a tear, hitting double figures in each of his 11 games and scoring at least 20 in three of his last six. He averaged 13.5 points and shot 41.1% from 3.

14. Ryan Betley, 6-foot-5, 200 pounds, SG, senior, Penn
Betley made his transfer plans known before the season but didn’t enter the portal until the campaign ended. He averaged double figures in all three of his healthy seasons with the Quakers, including 11.6 points and 5.8 rebounds this season.

15. Brendan Barry, 6-foot-2, 180 pounds, PG, senior, Dartmouth
Barry suffered a season-ending injury in September and entered the transfer portal a few weeks later. The knockdown perimeter shooter averaged 13.2 points and made 44.5% of his 3s last season.

16. Mattias Markusson, 7-foot-3, 261 pounds, C, redshirt junior, Loyola Marymount
The Sweden native redshirted this past season but should generate significant interest due to his 7-foot-3 stature. He averaged 10.2 points and 6.3 rebounds while shooting 60% from the field the past two seasons.

17. Devin Gage, 6-foot-2, 190 pounds, SG, redshirt junior, DePaul
Gage played only 12 games this season, averaging 4.5 points, but he put up 9.1 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.9 assists last season for the Blue Demons.

18. Jonah Antonio, 6-foot-5, 180 pounds, SG, junior, UNLV
Antonio had an up-and-down season in the desert, but a long list of schools have reached out. He finished his season with 13 points and nine boards against Boise State. He averaged 6.9 points.

19. Darian Adams, 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, SG, redshirt junior, Troy
Adams missed the last five games of the season but averaged 12.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists. He has had a few high-major programs reach out. He scored 20 points against Texas A&M in November.

20. Evan Cole, 6-foot-10, 226 pounds, PF, junior, Georgia Tech
Cole has a list that includes programs at all levels. He should be able to make an impact at his next spot. He averaged 4.4 points and 3.6 rebounds this season and recorded 10 points and eight rebounds in a March win over Pittsburgh.

Midyear transfers eligible at 2020-21 semester break

1. James Akinjo, 6-foot-1, 185 pounds, PG, sophomore, Georgetown
Committed to Arizona

Akinjo was the Big East Freshman of the Year last season and was off to a strong start as a sophomore before he abruptly left after seven games. He averaged 13.4 points and 4.4 assists this season.

2. TJ Starks, 6-foot-2, 208 pounds, G, junior, Texas A&M
Committed to Cal State Northridge

Starks was suspended indefinitely earlier this season and left the program on Nov. 25. He averaged 12.3 points and 3.5 assists under Billy Kennedy in 2018-19.

3. Josh LeBlanc, 6-foot-7, 215 pounds, PF, sophomore, Georgetown
Committed to LSU

LeBlanc, a bouncy forward from Baton Rouge, is returning home to play for Will Wade and the Tigers. He averaged 9.1 points and 7.3 rebounds as a freshman but saw his role take a hit this season, though he still averaged 7.2 points and 1.3 blocks in six games.

4. Carte’are Gordon, 6-foot-9, 230 pounds, PF, sophomore, DePaul
Committed to Northwest Florida State JC (since left)

Gordon left Saint Louis for DePaul in January 2019, then left DePaul in August without playing a game. The former ESPN 100 prospect averaged 8.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 13 games last season.

5. Zack Bryant, 6-foot-2, 195 pounds, SG, junior, UAB
Committed to Georgia Southern

Following a productive first two seasons at UAB, Bryant was dismissed from the team in December after three games. He averaged 14.9 points and 3.9 assists last season.

6. Dahmir Bishop, 6-foot-5, 178 pounds, SG, freshman, Xavier
Committed to Saint Joseph’s

A four-star prospect coming out of high school, Bishop saw his minutes decrease in December. Only a freshman, he showed scoring ability as a member of the 2019 class and is likely to head back to the Philadelphia area. He recorded 1.6 points and 2.5 rebounds in 10 games.

7. Devonaire Doutrive, 6-foot-5, 180 pounds, SG, sophomore, Arizona
Committed to Boise State

Doutrive was dismissed from the program early in the season. He opened the season with 12 points against San Jose State but totaled seven points in his next two games.

8. Deshawn Corprew, 6-foot-5, 210 pounds, SF, redshirt sophomore, Texas Tech
The well-traveled Corprew was suspended in June and left the program in September. He’s talented and versatile and averaged 5.0 points for the national championship runners-up last season.

9. Mario McKinney Jr., 6-foot-2, 185 pounds, SG, freshman, Missouri
Committed to John Logan College (Illinois)

A four-star recruit coming out of high school, McKinney lasted only seven games at Missouri before transferring. He’ll play in junior college and then look to get back to Division I. McKinney averaged 2.6 points and 1.6 rebounds.

10. Amanze Ngumezi, 6-foot-9, PF, 235 pounds, sophomore, Georgia
Committed to Jacksonville State

Ngumezi got off to a strong start this season, scoring 16 points in a win over Delaware State. He was suspended indefinitely in early December and then entered the transfer portal just before Christmas. He averaged 6.1 points and 2.4 rebounds in seven games.

11. Samari Curtis, 6-foot-4, 190 pounds, SG, freshman, Nebraska
Committed to Evansville

Curtis will make his fourth commitment when he ends up at his next destination. Once committed to Xavier and Cincinnati, Curtis played just eight games before leaving Nebraska. He averaged 1.8 points.

12. Charles O’Bannon Jr., 6-foot-6, 220 pounds, SG, redshirt sophomore, USC
Committed to TCU

O’Bannon’s career hasn’t gone as planned thus far. Considered one of the top 30 recruits in the country coming out of high school, O’Bannon has scored 20 points total in two-plus seasons with the Trojans.

13. Kai Toews, 6-foot-2, 185 pounds, PG, sophomore, UNC Wilmington
Toews signed with Utsunomiya Brex in Japan, but the Tokyo native originally entered the transfer portal. The quality point guard was averaging 5.5 points and 4.3 assists after finishing second nationally in assists last season, with 7.7 per game.

14. Myron Gardner, 6-foot-6, 222 pounds, PF, freshman, Georgetown
One of four Georgetown players to leave the program, Gardner provided an interior presence for Patrick Ewing and the Hoyas. He has three years of eligibility remaining, and he averaged 3.1 points and 2.9 rebounds.

15. Galen Alexander, 6-foot-6, 227 pounds, SF, junior, Georgetown
Committed to Texas Southern

Alexander started his career at LSU, then went to junior college before ending up at Georgetown for nine games. He showed flashes in the first half of the season but left along with three other Hoyas. He averaged 4.2 points and 2.7 rebounds.

16. Dajour Dickens, 7-foot, 215 pounds, C, junior, Old Dominion
Committed to Hampton

Dickens is on here only because of his size and defensive ability. He started his career at Providence before transferring to Old Dominion. He averaged 3.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in just 16.9 minutes.

17. Eli Wright, 6-foot-5, 175 pounds, SG, junior, Western Kentucky
Wright transferred from Mississippi State to St. John’s, sat out last season and transferred to Western Kentucky in August. Now he’s leaving the Hilltoppers. He averaged 3.0 points in 2017-18.

18. Blake Harris, 6-foot-3, 195 pounds, PG, junior, NC State
Committed to North Carolina A&T

Harris left NC State in late October due to “unspecified personal reasons.” He played in 30 games as a sophomore, averaging 3.1 points and 1.5 assists.

19. Issac McBride, 6-foot-1, 190 pounds, PG, freshman, Kansas

Committed to Vanderbilt

McBride left Kansas in October, though the Jayhawks could have used a backup point guard and ball handler behind Devon Dotson. McBride was a four-star prospect out of Arkansas in 2019.

20. Galen “Tolu” Smith, 6-foot-10, 240 pounds, PF, sophomore, Western Kentucky
Committed to Mississippi State

Ben Howland struck quickly with Smith, who left Western Kentucky in the summer and enrolled in Starkville in September. He averaged 3.3 points and 2.6 rebounds in 34 games as a freshman.

Sit-out transfers eligible for the 2020-21 season

1. Sam Hauser, 6-foot-8, 225 pounds, PF, redshirt junior, Virginia (from Marquette)
The older Hauser has just one year left to play but has all-ACC potential once eligible in 2020-21. He averaged 14.9 points and 7.2 rebounds this past season while shooting 40.2% from 3.

2. Joey Hauser, 6-foot-9, 230 pounds, PF, redshirt sophomore, Michigan State (from Marquette)
The former top-50 recruit and brother of Sam Hauser (see above) has two years left to play. Joey has played just one season of college basketball but already used part of a redshirt year in 2017-18 and would have to be granted a medical waiver to play beyond 2021-22. He was inconsistent down the stretch in 2018-19, but he still averaged 9.7 points and 5.3 rebounds and shot 42.5% from 3. He had a waiver request to play this season denied — much to Tom Izzo’s chagrin.

3. David Jenkins, 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, SG, redshirt sophomore, UNLV (from South Dakota State)
After playing second fiddle to Mike Daum, the big-time scorer (19.7 PPG, 45.3 3PT%) left following coach T.J. Otzelberger’s departure for UNLV … and ended up back with Otzelberger in Vegas.

4. Jahvon Quinerly, 6-foot-1, 175 pounds, PG, redshirt freshman, Alabama (from Villanova)
A five-star prospect in 2018, Quinerly didn’t beat Collin Gillespie for a starting role, then struggled for most of his freshman season at Villanova. He averaged 3.2 points and did not receive a waiver to play immediately.

5. Anthony Duruji, 6-foot-7, 215 pounds, SF, redshirt sophomore, Florida (from Louisiana Tech)
One of the best pure athletes in this group of transfers, Duruji averaged 12.2 points and 6.2 rebounds.

6. Jordan Brown, 6-foot-11, 210 pounds, PF, redshirt freshman, Arizona (from Nevada)
Despite being a McDonald’s All-American in 2018, Brown played behind Jordan Caroline and Trey Porter for the Wolf Pack and left following the coaching change in Reno. He averaged 3.0 points and 2.1 rebounds.

7. Joel Ntambwe, 6-foot-9, 210 pounds, F, redshirt freshman, Texas Tech (from UNLV)
Ntambwe chose the Red Raiders over UConn and Nebraska. He averaged 11.8 points and 5.5 rebounds and shot 38.6% from 3-point range. He had a waiver request to play immediately denied.

8. Eric Williams Jr., 6-foot-6, 205 pounds, F, redshirt sophomore, Oregon (from Duquesne)
It didn’t take long for Williams to drum up a list of big-time schools, and he chose the Ducks over Missouri. He averaged 14.0 points and 7.6 rebounds.

9. Jaylen Fisher, 6-foot-2, 195 pounds, PG, redshirt junior, Grand Canyon (from TCU)
Fisher struggled with injuries the past two seasons and played only nine games before leaving the Horned Frogs this past season. He averaged 12.1 points and shot 44.1% from 3. He applied for a waiver to play immediately.

10. D.J. Harvey, 6-foot-6, 225 pounds, SG, redshirt sophomore, Vanderbilt (from Notre Dame)
A former top-50 prospect, Harvey had a solid sophomore season and enough name cachet to land in the SEC. He averaged 10.7 points and 4.2 rebounds.

11. Eugene Omoruyi, 6-foot-7, 234 pounds, SF, redshirt junior, Oregon (from Rutgers)
Omoruyi pulled a surprising move by leaving Rutgers in late May. He was very productive last season for the Scarlet Knights, averaging 13.8 points and 7.2 rebounds. He will sit one, play one.

12. R.J. Cole, 6-foot-1, 185 pounds, PG, redshirt sophomore, UConn (from Howard)
One of the most productive players in college basketball last season, Cole will look to translate his numbers at a higher level in the AAC. He averaged 21.4 points, 4.1 rebounds and 6.4 assists.

13. Justice Sueing, 6-foot-7, 215 pounds, SF, redshirt sophomore, Ohio State (from California)
Cal’s leading scorer and rebounder, Sueing started a mass exodus shortly after the Golden Bears replaced coach Wyking Jones with Mark Fox. He averaged 14.3 points and 6.0 rebounds.

14. Caleb Daniels, 6-foot-4, 205 pounds, SG, redshirt sophomore, Villanova (from Tulane)
Daniels left after the Green Wave fired Mike Dunleavy Sr. and hired Ron Hunter. He averaged 16.9 points and 3.3 assists. The early buzz on Daniels out of Villanova has been positive.

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