School basketball’s high 20 transfers: Illinois’ Terrence Shannon leads rankings of gamers at new faculties


Practically 2,000 — sure, 2,000! — Division I basketball gamers hit the switch portal final offseason. The mass exits and entrances throughout the nation meant there was in fact sure to be some gamers left in difficult spots, but many have clicked proper in with their new properties and are producing at a excessive stage.

David Cobb appears like one thing of a wizard in truth should you return to have a look at his preseason switch rankings — a whole lot of the massive names atop the rankings are producing — however I needed to revisit the rankings with a refresh now that we’re just a few months into the season. Shake the mud off and see the place issues have began to settle, you already know?

I attempted to do a high 10 record however there have been too many deserving gamers price mentioning so a high 20 (with just a few honorable mentions) is the way in which I went. 

These rankings factored in scoring, rebounding and help manufacturing — typical counting stats — however in addition they factored in staff success, the effectivity by which a participant is producing and the general significance of that participant within the grand scheme of their respective staff. Subsequently, these rankings are 100% proper. So please should you disagree simply inform your self you are mistaken and preserve scrolling. 

OK, let’s leap in.

Stats: 17.8 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 2.9 APG, 33.3 3P%, 24.5 PER

At Texas Tech Terrence Shannon was a sharpshooting lefty, an All-Massive 12  due to his contributions to elite defenses and his means to attain it in and out. At Illinois, he is developed and sharpened these abilities right into a extra full participant Illinois can flip to as its No. 1 choice. He is averaging a career-high 17.8 factors, a career-high 5.4 rebounds and a career-high 2.9 assists per sport whereas capturing a career-best 57% from 2-point vary and pacing the Illini, most definitely, to the NCAAs. 

Stats: 20.4 PPG, 6.1 APG, 3.7 RPG, 30.3 3P%, 23.4 PER

It was a fairly even break up on the high so I consider Davis extra as a 1B on this rating than a No. 2. He is been higher than expectations — and expectations had been sky-high. The reigning AAC Participant of the Yr has breathed new life into Penny Hardaway’s program as a real lead guard who can rating and facilitate among the many finest within the nation. 

Stats: 18.5 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 49.0 3P%, 29.4 PER

Williams is having top-of-the-line and most underrated seasons in school basketball. The Murray State switch has seamlessly match proper in along with his long-time coach, Matt McMahon, who introduced him over to the Tigers after leaving Murray State. Williams is averaging the second-most factors amongst all gamers within the SEC and the sixth-most rebounds on the 12 months for an LSU staff that’s 12-1 on the 12 months.

Stats: 16.5 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 2.8 APG, 41.8 3P%, 29.2 PER

First-year coach Dennis Gates introduced Hodge over to Missouri with him when he left Cleveland State and the leap to the SEC has been successful so far for each Gates and Hodge. Hodge isn’t solely producing like he did within the Horizon, however even higher than he did within the mid-major league; he is placing up profession highs in factors (16.5), steals (2.8), rebounds (3.9), 3-point share (41.8%), and assists (2.2) whereas main Mizzou to its finest begin (12-1) because the 2013-14 season. 

Stats: 18.3 PPG, 3.8 APG, 2.8 RPG, 52.2 3P%, 23.5 PER

Sherfield produced at Wichita State earlier than making a leap into stardom at Nevada the final two seasons and that has continued at his newest cease in Norman, Oklahoma with the Sooners. He ranks third amongst all Massive 12 gamers in factors per sport and first amongst all energy convention gamers in 3-point share (amongst those that have taken at the very least 40 makes an attempt on the season) with a scorching 52.2% hit fee from deep. OU’s document at 9-4 is not a lot to put in writing dwelling about however two of these had been by a single level, one other by 4 factors and one other to top-15 ranked Arkansas. Sherfield’s bought the Sooners again in enterprise monitoring to be a tourney staff in Porter Moser’s second season.

6. Ricky Council, Arkansas

Stats: 17.9 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 2.5 APG, 29.5 3P%, 19.5 PER

With No. 1 recruit Nick Smith out and in of the lineup with a knee harm and Trevon Brazille achieved for the season, Arkansas has hardly missed a beat due to the star flip of Council, a Wichita State switch. Council is averaging a career-best 17.9 factors per sport and working in Arkansas’ guard-friendly system because the No. 1 choice on a staff that lacks some punch with out Smith and Brazille. This staff has some younger items that may develop because the season progresses to enhance Council properly however he is taken the chance and run with it and appears like an All-SEC performer early this season.

Stats: 13.8 PPG, 9.6 RPG, 1.5 BLKS/G, 28.2 PER

There have been some questions on how Omier’s sport may translate going from Arkansas State to Miami however he has answered all of them. Omier has asserted himself as one of the crucial essential items for the Hurricanes since his arrival on a staff that’s 13-1 and will problem for an ACC crown. His presence on the inside as a rebounder has given Miami a presence it lacked final season notably on the offensive glass. 

Stats: 15.1 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 2.3 APG, 42.9 3P%, 20.8 PER

Nolley’s one of many few on this record who’s a multi-stopper — he began his profession at Virginia Tech, hung out at Memphis and is now at Cincinnati — and so far his final cease could have been his finest one. He is averaging a career-high in 3-point capturing share and 2-point capturing share for the Bearcats who’ve gained seven of their final 9 after a shaky begin in a brutal nonconference slate. Cincy might be pushing for a tourney bid in Wes Miller’s second season and Nolley’s growth as an environment friendly scorer and producer may play an enormous half in that.

Stats: 16.9 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 4.6 APG, 46.9 3P%, 21.3 PER

Xavier has reeled off eight-straight wins together with a win over beforehand undefeated UConn to emerge as one of many best-coached groups in school basketball below Sean Miller. The Musketeers’ utilization of Souley Boum, a UTEP switch, is the perfect singular instance of the Xs and Os wizardry of this employees. Boum is making a career-best 46.9% from 3-point vary and 52.9% from 2-point vary and this employees has unlocked his finest property as a facilitator, scorer and slasher. His do-it-all talent set would make him one of the crucial priceless switch portal additions for any staff.

Stats: 15.5 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 40.7 3P%, 3.8 APG, 15.7 PER

LSU switch Brandon Murray was among the many many causes there was optimism surrounding the Georgetown program and a possible rebirth this season. Whereas Murray has met expectations — he has quietly produced at a stellar stage as a scorer, creator and outdoors menace — the Hoyas stay the laughingstock of the Massive East having now misplaced 32 straight regular-season convention video games. Needed to ding Murray a bit as a result of his staff isn’t doing nicely, however individually he’s having an important season even when the scenario round him is a complete mess.

Stats: 13.5 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 2.3 BPG, 24.9 PER

Throughout his time at NC State, Bates was a shot-blocker who didn’t do a lot else. However at Butler he has turn into an environment friendly scorer in addition and one of the crucial priceless massive males within the Massive East due to what he can convey on each side of the ball. His 13.5 factors per sport is sort of 4 factors per sport higher than his career-high in a single season at NC State and he continues to be a shot-swatter specialist. This season his block fee of seven.7% is top-60 nationally.

Stats: 14.0 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 3.0 APG, 20.9 PER

A 3-time All-Convention USA performer, Younger has stepped in at Maryland as a plug-and-play producer who leads the time in scoring and assists. Maryland’s scorching begin has fizzled a bit — it has misplaced 4 of its final six video games — however Younger’s significance to the staff’s rebuild in Yr One below Kevin Willard cannot be overstated. The staff appears to go as he goes. 

Stats: 20.8 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 1.1 APG, 39.2 3P%, 21.6 PER

His one-and-done season at Memphis was borderline disastrous however Bates, as soon as thought of the perfect basketball prospect on this planet, has revitalized himself at Jap Michigan this season. He is scoring at a excessive stage and doing it effectively, albeit in opposition to lesser competitors he confronted at Memphis. Bates’ season has put him again on the NBA Draft radar as a attainable first-round choose after critical struggles at Memphis a 12 months in the past.

Stats: 12.3 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 2.7 BPG, 26.5 PER

Morehead State switch Johni Broome was a two-time All-OVC standout who additionally gained DPOY honors with the league and would not ya comprehend it, he continues to place up comparable manufacturing below Bruce Pearl at Auburn. His scoring has taken a slight step again however his shot-blocking and offensive rebounding stays stellar on a staff that desperately wanted him to be a power this season on that entrance. 

Stats: 15.7 PPG, 9.5 RPG, 2.4 APG, 34.5 3P%, 20.8 PER

Hopkins could not carve out a task for himself at Kentucky in his one season however at Windfall the previous top-40 recruit has discovered a house by which he can excel. After placing up 2.1 factors and 1.4 rebounds per sport at Kentucky enjoying about 6 minutes per sport he is throwing up near 16 factors and 10 boards per sport for the Friars as a starter.

Stats: 14.5 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 2.8 APG, 42.9 3P%, 16.3 PER

Alabama has a manner of unearthing massive expertise from the mid-major ranks and Sears, an Ohio switch, is simply the most recent discover. He is been a stellar sharpshooter subsequent to true freshman famous person Brandon Miller who can hit the three at a excessive stage and has added some playmaking and creation in addition. Alabama performs with nice tempo and embraces protection so Sears has been an ideal match for what Nate Oats and his employees try to perform.

Stats: 17.7 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 2.3 APG, 42.5 3P%, 24.2 PER

After collapsing throughout a sport with Florida late in 2020, it appeared as if Johnson’s enjoying profession was over. However two years later he is not solely enjoying once more — however thriving — for a remade Kansas State program below first-year coach Jerome Tang. He is fourth amongst all Massive 12 gamers in scoring this season and seventh in rebounding as Okay-State has raced out to a 12-1 begin — its finest because the 2016-17 season. 

Stats: 12.9 PPG, 9.6 RPG, 2.7 APG, 38.7 3P%, 19.0 PER

Scheierman hasn’t been a complete world-beater as individuals may need anticipated and Creighton hasn’t been the category of the Massive East as many thought it might be within the preseason. However Scheierman has nonetheless been a stable switch addition and Creighton’s nonetheless bought the products to be top-of-the-line groups within the sport. Scheierman’s size and scoring offers the Bluejays a terrific rebounder who may also help house the ground and create, and I am anticipating him to proceed to develop in his function because the season progresses. 

19. Kevin McCullar, Kansas

Stats: 11.5 PPG, 7.7 RPG, 34.1 3P%, 18.7 PER

Reigning champion Kansas misplaced a whole lot of items from its title staff however McCullar’s addition from Texas Tech has saved the Jayhawks pacing as top-of-the-line not solely within the Massive 12 however within the nation. KU is 12-1 on the 12 months and utilizing McCullar as an essential rebounder, crucial to a staff that lacks a ton of dimension within the frontcourt. McCullar’s all the time been a stellar defender and that has continued throughout his time at KU, however his rebounding and 3-point shot has made him much more priceless addition as KU appears to repeat as NCAA Match champion. 

Stats: 16.2 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 1.3 BPG, 17.2 PER

After three seasons at Kentucky serving largely as a part-time participant,  this season Brooks is placing up profession numbers virtually throughout the board. The Huskies have nonetheless had some struggles this season and do not look fairly able to be a tourney contender, however Brooks’ evolution right into a top-level scorer — he’s fifth amongst all Pac-12 gamers in factors per sport — is a growth worthy of recognition. 

Honorable mentions: Jake Stephens (Chattanooga), Tyrese Hunter (Texas), Nigel Pack (Miami), Tristen Newton (UConn), Courtney Ramey (Arizona), Pete Nance (North Carolina), Will Richard (Florida) 



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