It’s never too early to start looking forward!
Check below our list of 25 under-the-radar transfers for the 2022-23 college basketball season.
Not in any particular order:
Prince Dawes, Seton Hall: Dawes, a native of New Jersey, was an under-the-radar pickup for Shaheen Holloway after three years produced in Clemson. An exemplary combo keeper, Dawes must withstand tremendous pressure on Kadary Richmond in the backcourt of Seton Hall thanks to his shooting ability. Dawes 6-2 had 84 three-point shots last season and fired 39.8 percent from distance.
Terry Appleby, Wake Forest: Steve Forbes won’t be able to replace Alondes Williams – ACC Player of the Year last season – with one, but Appleby is a good start. The guard averaged 6-1 double digits in each of his four years in college, including the last two in Florida. Appleby will have a major role in the vicinity of Wake Forest in 2022-23.
Tyrick Key, Tennessee: Many people have forgotten Key after he missed last season with a shoulder injury. Rick Barnes surely didn’t. The 6-3 key — who averaged 17.2 points and 5.3 rebounds two seasons ago at Indiana State — would give Tennessee another capable player to go along with Zakai Ziegler, Santiago Vescovi and Josiah Jordan James.
Earl Timberlake, Bryant: A former top 50 recruit, Timberlake didn’t get into the rhythm of last season in Memphis and the previous season in Miami. He should take advantage of Bryant’s high-octane attack, where he can be as menacing as a small ball force forward or in the middle.
David Jenkins, Purdue: Matt Painter didn’t take a transfer deal a year ago, but chose to bring Jenkins to West Lafayette in hopes of solidifying the Purdue team’s position. A fifth-year player, 6-1 Jenkins has previously played for Utah, UNLV, and South Dakota, averaging 14.9 points. If he averages half that for boilers in 2022-23 and reduces his turnover, then Bordeaux should be in business.
Emmanuel Akot, Western Kentucky: Akot – who played last season at Boise State – initially committed to Memphis as a transfer before ending up at Bowling Green. Capable of defending multiple positions, this 6-8 goalkeeper averaged 10.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 2.8 assists last season on a team that won both the Mountain West Regular and Conference Tournaments titles. It’s one of the many reasons that Western Kentucky State has their best team to date under Rick Stansbury.
Tanner Holden, Ohio: There may be more notable additions for the Buckeyes this off-season via the transfer gate, but don’t sleep on Holden. The winger was a 6-6 set piece for three years at Wright State and had 37 points and 11 rebounds in the Raiders’ win over Bryant in the First Four. It will instantly bring experience and productivity to Columbus.
Grant Basile, Virginia Tech: Like Holden, Basiley’s 6-9 was very productive for several years at Wright State (18.4 points, 8.5 rebounds on 21-22), but eventually picked up a role at the highest level. Basile should get that right away at Virginia Tech after Keve Aluma’s departure on the axle.
Landers Nolly, Cincinnati: Wes Miller is quietly optimistic about entering his roster for his second season in Cincinnati. The addition of Nolley is a major reason behind this. The 6-7 winger is a big time talent and has averaged 12.9 points during his three years in college basketball. It will instantly change the Bearcats roof.
Norshad Amir, Miami: Ohmier put up “video game-like” numbers during his two years at Arkansas, averaging 17.9 points and 12.2 rebounds as a sophomore. In Miami, he will now be asked to be part of the puzzle and provide an advance presence to go with the ocean hurricanes’ selection of options. Don’t be shocked if Jim Larranaga used the 6-7 player Omier as a five-player small ball in 2022-23.
Naim Allen, Okun: This southern prankster was a consistent, reliable outdoor shooter during his three years at Virginia Tech. He would immediately add shot-making to UConn after he was a starting player on two consecutive NCAA Championship titles. Alleyne fired 37.3 percent or better from a three-point range during the three years of his college career.
Jammer Young, Maryland: Young, a native of the DMV, returns to his home state in an attempt to help Kevin Willard build the Maryland program. Expect Young to play a major role in the Terps after averaging 18.8 points and 5.4 rebounds over the past two seasons in Charlotte.
Brandon Murray, Georgetown: An overhaul of Hoyas’ roster saw Murray snatched from the transfer window after a solid freshman season at LSU. Baltimore native Murray, 6-5 averaged 10 points and three rebounds last season for the Tigers as a rookie. This kid has all the potential of the Big East.
Darion Trammell, San Diego State: The defensive-minded Aztecs are always looking for more attack. They found it with Trammell 5-10, who averaged 17.3 points last season in Seattle and played five games with 25 points or more. Remember the name.
Francisco Farabello, Creighton: The Bluejays’ start five may be set, but don’t rule out Farabello 6-3 being a key reserve. If you can take pictures, you will find a way to land for Creighton and this is one of Farabello’s strengths. The 6-3 goalkeeper shot 38.4 percent or better over a three-point range in each of his three years at UCLA.
Brandon Jones, Virginia Commonwealth University: Jones averaged 10 points and four rebounds as a Michigan rookie during the 2021 NCAA Championship when Isaiah Livers was out of the squad due to an injury, but he didn’t find a regular rhythm in Michigan’s rotation last season. At the age of 6-8, Johns’ soft hands and precision around the basket should make him a dangerous weapon for the VCU in the Atlantic 10.
Javon Beckett, St. Louis: Beckett, a double-digit scorer last season at Missouri, chose to stay in the state and move to St. Louis in hopes of being part of one of the sport’s deepest oceans. He will be joined by a strong core of guards that already includes Yuri Collins, Fred Thatch, Gibson Jimerson and Jafonte Perkins.
Brandon Huntley Hatfield, Louisville: Probability is a scary word to beat, but this 6-10 striker takes a lot of pride in it. A former top 100 recruit, Huntley-Hatfield averaged just 3.9 points and three rebounds during his one season in Tennessee, but he boasts a huge improvement as Kenny Payne aims to rebuild Louisville’s program.
Sir Jabbari Rice, Texas: Chris Beard loves this tough guard, who was part of the team that won the NCAA game last season at New Mexico State. Texas is loaded onto the ocean, but Rice doesn’t rule out an important role in the Longhorns’ rotation.
Ethan Anderson, Wyoming: Anderson, who had played for several years at USC, immediately began putting pressure on Hunter Maldonado by taking on point guard responsibilities in Wyoming. This is an underrated pickup for the Cowboys, who have the requirements to challenge San Diego State at the top of Mount West.
Andre Kelly, University of California, Santa Barbara: Kelly would have been a 6-9 potential all-conference player in Pac-12 if he had returned to Cal, but he instead chose UC Santa Barbara where he would immediately become one of the top players in the Big West. Kelly had 22 points and six rebounds late last season against UCLA and should form a killer group from the front court with former Oregon senior player Miles Norris.
Eric Gaines, West Amman University: Gaines 6-2, a world-class athlete, showed at LSU that he can perform plays others can’t with his explosiveness, jumping ability, and general instincts. Put him next to Jordan “Gilly” Walker and the UAB should have one of the most electric backcourts in the sport.
Bryce Golden, Loyola Chicago: The strong center gold bit, 6-9, 245 pounds will provide an instant presence in the paint for the Ramblers, who are entering their first season in the Atlantic 10 after a long stay in the Missouri Valley. Golden has averaged 21 minutes or more over the past three seasons at Butler and he brings a lot of experience starting from his time in the Big East.
Jayden DeLair, San Diego: Steve Lavigne’s ability to bring Delaire to San Diego reiterates his calling as an elite recruit. A multi-year player with Stanford, the 6-9 forward has averaged 11.3 points and 4.1 rebounds over the Cardinal’s past two seasons. DeLaer has to be one of the best players in the Senior World Cup this season.
Eric Williams, San Diego: Like Delaire, Williams was a freshman for several years for the Pac-12 – Oregon – program before he chose to join San Diego. With Williams, Diller and Marcellus Erlington – who started his college career in St. John – Toreros may have the second best baseline in the WCC behind Gonzaga.