College Basketball Top Ten Transfers 2022-23

College Basketball Transfers
Baylor forward Kendall Brown (2) dunks the ball with Alabama forward Juwan Gary (4) defending in Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Saturday, Ja. 29. 2022. Alabama defeated Baylor 87-78 in the Big 12 – SEC Challenge game. Alabama Vs Baylor Ncaa Men S Basketball © Gary Cosby Jr. / USA TODAY NETWORK

College Basketball Transfers 2022-23:

College basketball has felt more like NBA recently, as far as the transfer portal being a form of free agency. From my perspective college basketball transfers is great for players; small school guys that shine can move to a bigger school, and guys not happy with the minutes or situations can find a better one.

After looking into every transfer that occurred over the off season I have compiled a list of the top ten transfers going into the 2022-23 season. For my list I choose players that had success at smaller schools and are now headed to a big name program, looking to do damage. No order on my college basketball transfers list, just the ten best transfers in my opinion.

College Basketball Transfers 2022-23:

Kendric Davis: SMU to Memphis

Memphis Tigers’ Kendric Davis (3), DeAndre Williams (12) and Jahmar Young (10) meet during an open Tigers basketball practice Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, at the University of Memphis. © Christine Tannous / The Commercial Appeal / USA TODAY NETWORK

This move gives coach Penny Hardaway a veteran point guard to run his offense this season after he outwardly complained about the amount of youth he was coaching last season. On top of that Kendric Davis might be the best point guard in the nation.

The Houston native plays bigger in big games. If it wasn’t for him being undersized, he would be starting at a powerhouse top 25 school.

In the last two seasons with SMU Davis averaged around 19 points, 5 assist on 45% shooting from the field. In his final game of the season in the NIT Tournament he put up 30 points on 50% shooting.

Hercy Miller: Tennessee State to Louisville

Left to right, rapper Master P plays with Ocean Robertson, 2, during her birthday party as P’s son Hercy Miller and the U of L cardinal mascot watch at the Louisville Zoo in Louisville on June 30, 2022. Miller is a walk-on for the U of L’s basketball team. Jc Ocean Robertson Party 003 2 © Joseph Cooke/The Courier-Journal / USA TODAY NETWORK

Hercy Miller has developed into a premier guard in the nation. He used the system beautifully for players of his caliber. He spent one season with Tennessee State to further grow as a player, and now with Louisville he will be where he belongs. A big name school.

The New Orleans native has a smoothness in his game, mixed with aggressive shot taking which comes from his confidence.

This kid will shine in Louisville offense and become a lock down guard on defense, look for him to put his name in the top 50 players in the nation.

Johni Broome: Morehead State to Auburn

Dec 15, 2021; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Morehead State Eagles forward Johni Broome (4) drives to the basket against the Xavier Musketeers in the second half at the Cintas Center. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Johni Broome single handedly carried Morehead State into the NCAA tournament last season. Put him on a team coached by Bruce Pearl and I see a beautiful fit.

Johni Broome has excellent size at the wing/stretch four position. He will be a big time scorer for Auburn this season, replacing Jabari Smith‘s production.

Last season Broome averaged 16.8 points, 10.5 rebounds, shot the ball at 56%, as well as recording 4 blocks a game on the defensive end.

Kyle Lofton: St. Bonaventure to Florida

Mar 29, 2022; New York, New York, USA; St. Bonaventure Bonnies guard Kyle Lofton (0) dribbles the ball against Xavier Musketeers guard Colby Jones (3) during second half of the NIT college basketball semifinals at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

Lofton is a pass first, smart point guard that I believe will become a star this season in a bigger school. Going from St. Bonnies to Florida will allow him to show his game on a new stage.

He has nice size on the defensive side, and can hit big shots in big moments. He will bring a poise as well as some wisdom being a fifth year senior.

In four years at St. Bonnies he average around 14 points and 6 assist with 2 steals a game. He will take this Florida team deep into the tourney in my opinion.

KC Ndefo: St. Peters to Seton Hall

Mar 27, 2022; Philadelphia, PA, USA; St. Peters Peacocks forward KC Ndefo (11) shoots against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the second half in the finals of the East regional of the men’s college basketball NCAA Tournament at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

This move is huge for a number of reasons. One season after St. Peters made it all the way to the final four in the truest meaning of a cinderella story, ever, head coach Shaheen Holloway got a job at Seton Hall.

Following him there from St. Peters was his best player from that run KC Ndefo. Both of these men made a name for themselves last season and look to capitalize moving forward getting a chance at a big school that is used to tournament runs.

In the last two season Ndefo average around 12 points, 6 boards, 3 blocks, on 48% shooting.

College Basketball Transfers Continued:

Malachi Smith: Chattanooga to Gonzaga

Mar 17, 2022; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Chattanooga Mocs guard Malachi Smith speaks with the media at a press conference prior to practice for the first round of the 2022 NCAA Tournament at PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

This is my second favorite transfer of the off season. Chattanooga was one of the biggest surprises last season and one of the favorite small schools once March came. Malachi Smith was the reason.

Adding him to one of the premier and best schools in the nation, with Mark Few coaching and Drew Timme on the block; this offense might be the best Gonzaga offense in recent future.

Smith averaged 20 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assist, on 50% shooting. Drew Timme and Malachi Smith will be the best duo in the country.

Tanner Holden: Wright State to Ohio State

College Basketball Transfers
Aug 1, 2022; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State’s Tanner Holden shoots the ball during practice before the teams upcoming trip to the Bahamas at Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio on August 1, 2022. Ceb Osu Mbk 0801 Kwr 19 © Kyle Robertson/Columbus Dispatch / USA TODAY NETWORK

Tanner Holden is one of the best players in a college uniform no matter what school he plays for. Taking his production and size and adding it to BIG10 powerhouse Ohio State is scary for opponents.

Holden dominated last season at Wright State, carrying them to a winning record.

He averaged 20 points and 7 boards a game on 50% shooting. Also at 6’6 this kid can get his shot off in any situation.

Jaelin Llewellyn: Princeton to Michigan

Nov 20, 2019; Bloomington, IN, USA; Princeton Tigers guard Jaelin Llewellyn (0) dribbles the ball against Indiana Hoosiers guard Rob Phinisee (left) in the second half at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan has big man Hunter Dickerson returning for his senior year and are missing a lot of guards from the previous few seasons. Jalen Llewellyn is the perfect fit for this system.

He brings high energy on both ends, on top of having a high basketball IQ. He knows how and when to get his shot off in the offense.

The last two seasons at Princeton he averaged 15 points and 2 assist.

Trae Hannibal, Justice Hill, KJ Williams: Murray State to LSU
Kendal Coleman: Northwestern State to LSU

College Basketball Transfers
Mar 19, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; St. Peter’s Peacocks guard Matthew Lee (15) shoots the ball defended by Murray State Racers forward KJ Williams (0) and guard Justice Hill (14) in the second half during the second round of the 2022 NCAA Tournament at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Robert Goddin-USA TODAY Sports

This is the most interesting move in college basketball in my lifetime to this point. Three players from a small school that made a run in the tournament all transfer together to a SEC big school.

Hannibal averaged 10 points a game on over 50% shooting. Hill at the point guard spot averaged 13 points and 5 assist a game on 43% shooting. KJ Williams, the monster big man standing at 6’10 will not only bring size, also production to the bayou this season. Williams averaged 18 points, 8 rebounds on 54% shooting.

I love these players transferring together, bringing the energy and chemistry to a new program. LSU will also welcome transfer from Northwestern State, 6’8 Kendal Coleman who averaged 15 points, 10 rebounds on 55% shooting. Coleman is also a home state kid from about a two hour drive from LSU.

If this team can gel together by February, watch out for them to make a deep run in the tournament come march.

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