Daily Portal Report: Conference P.O.Y. Enters; Parker Stewart Returns Home
Following Sunday’s deadline for early NBA Draft entrees, the Transfer Portal has seen big names announce their entrance into the Portal and commit to their new destination. The Portal Report has the latest information on Monday’s action.
Reigning Summit League Player of the Year Baylor Scheierman entered the Transfer Portal on Monday afternoon, immediately becoming one of the top available transfers. Although he is currently going through the NBA Draft process, Scheierman will garner interests from across the country. The Aurora, Neb. native scored 16.2 points per game, while hauling in 7.8 boards and dishing 4.5 assists per contest. If Scheierman returns to the collegiate ranks, his 47 percent three-point percentage will provide a sharp-shooter to a Power 5 roster.
Arizona State guard Jay Heath entered the Transfer Portal for the second time. The Arlington, Va. native finished his junior season averaging 10.6 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game, while shooting 43% from three. Heath began his career at Boston College before transferring to Tempe in 2021.
Scott Van Pelt’s “Best Thing I Saw Today” has an easy winner in the commitment of Parker Stewart. Following the tragic passing of his father and UT-Martin head coach, Anthony Stewart, the Union City, Tenn. native transferred to Indiana to play for Mike Woodson. Following a redshirt junior season in Bloomington where he averaged 6.2 PPG and led the Hoosiers in three-pointers made (53) and three-point field-goal percentage (39.3%), Stewart is returning to play for the Skyhawks. No matter the outcome, this is one of the best Transfer Portal stories since its creation.
Kentucky transfer Bryce Hopkins became the fifth player this offseason to commit to Providence from the Transfer Portal. Hopkins was a top-40 recruit before heading to Lexington, where he averaged 2.1 PPG and shot 43 percent from the field. The Chicago native will look for a fresh start and to help the Friars replicate their Big East regular season title.
Former four-star and Ohio State guard Meechie Johnson announced his commitment to Lamont Paris and South Carolina. Johnson averaged 3.2 PPG, 1.1 RPG, and 0.8 APG in his sophomore campaign in Columbus. As injuries have hindered his growth, Johnson can provide backcourt depth and scoring from beyond the arc. The Cleveland, OH. native picked the Gamecocks over Pittsburgh, LSU, and DePaul.
Notre Dame received a commitment from former Niagara star and senior guard Marcus Hammond. The Queens, NY native tallied 18.1 PPG, 4.7 RPG, and 2.9 APG during his fourth season in Lewiston. With freshman guard Blake Wesley entering the NBA Draft, Hammond provides a scoring presence in the backcourt along with Cormac Ryan and Dane Goodwin.
After entering the Portal from Marist, Jao Ituka is headed to Winston-Salem to play for Steve Forbes and Wake Forest. The freshman guard poured in 15.3 PPG, while averaging 3.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists per contest. The Gaithersburg, MD native shot 52.6 percent from the field and 41 percent from three.
Oklahoma State forward Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffe has Georgia on his mind, as he plans to transfer to Athens following two seasons in Stillwater. The Mono, Ontario native recorded 4.2 PPG, 3.9 RPG, and 0.6 APG in the Cowboy’s frontcourt. The former three-star recruit can contribute right away for Mike White’s inaugural campaign.
Dunk City earned a commitment from former Memphis big man Sam Ayomide. The Malvern, PA native redshirted during the 2021-2022 season before entering the Portal. The former four-star recruit averaged 12 points and 11 rebounds during his senior season at The Phelps School. Ayomide can provide a huge presence in the paint and be a quality rim-protector for Pat Chambers in Fort Myers.
Memphis transfer John Camden joined Mike Young’s squad in Blacksburg after recording only two minutes of action due to injury. As a part of Memphis’ No. 1 ranked recruiting class in 2021, Camden will bring an impressive shooting ability and defensive flexibility to Virginia Tech.
After transferring from the University of Miami to Louisville in 2021, Matt Cross once again found himself in the transfer portal. The Beverly, Mass. native will join the Flagship and play for new head coach, Frank Martin at UMass. Cross tallied 5.8 PPG and 3.9 RPG and will have three years of eligibility remaining.