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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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