Ranking men’s college basketball’s top transfers: NBA combine will impact college decisions

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If you thought last spring’s transfer portal was overwhelming, this spring likely hasn’t improved matters. The roster changes have continued at a furious pace.

The one-time transfer waiver remains in effect, and a number of additional factors have led to a similar number of men’s basketball names in the portal this spring to the 1,832 that went in for the 2020-21 academic year. Programs must get back to the 13-scholarship limit after being allowed to exceed it for 2021-22 thanks to the extra year of NCAA eligibility, meaning rosters will need to be reduced for many programs. Also, because of COVID-19 protocols, the majority of last year’s freshmen were on campuses they never even visited before arriving in the summer or fall — another factor that led to attrition.

There are two potential reasons the current pace is slightly behind the record-setting numbers last spring. Firstly, everyone received a waiver to transfer last spring. Two-time transfers will now need to apply for a waiver, and there is not a ton of optimism that those will be approved. The deadline to enter the portal and still be eligible for next season was May 1, so we likely won’t see players entering the portal in July as they did during the previous cycle.

With that May 1 deadline now behind us, we’ll focus mostly on the many uncommitted names near the top of our top 100 list as many top programs vie for their services. This week’s NBA combine and NBA G League Elite Camp in Chicago, where several names on this list will participate, should have an impact on multiple college decisions. (Follow this link for complete current rosters for college basketball’s top six conferences and select others.)

Updated May 20, 2022. Will be updated regularly.

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