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Daily Portal Report: Princeton Standout Joins Juwan Howard; Texas Tech Dominating the Portal

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The Transfer Portal has kept on rolling with some major additions and commitments including multiple former top-100 prospects, a conference Player of the year, and several players who’re going through the NBA Draft evaluation process. The Portal Report has all the latest news and highlights for Friday’s transfer portal run around.

Portal Entries

2021-22 All-Sun Belt first-teamer Efe Odigie has declared that he will enter the transfer portal and leave Troy. The 6-foot-9 big man averaged 11.5 PPG and 6.7 RPG last season for the Trojans and previously played three seasons at UTEP where Odigie was a CUSA All-Freshman.

After three seasons in the Big East with St. John’s and averaging 13.2 PPG and 6.7 RPG last season with San Diego, Marcellus Earlington has announced he will join the transfer portal for a second time. Earlington started 29 of 31 games for the Toreros and at 6-foot-6 led the team in scoring while shooting 40% from the floor and 32% from three all of which should attract lots of interest in the portal

Three-year Northwestern starter Pete Nance has decided to enter the transfer portal after leading the Wildcats in points and rebounding this past season. Nance, who is currently going through the NBA Draft process and intends to keep himself in a position to remain draft-eligible, averaged 14.6 PPG and 6.5 RPG last season and while he won’t talk to schools at the moment will look to keep his options open. 

Washington State starter Tyrell Roberts who spent three seasons at the Divison II level with UC-San Diego (Now Divison I) has again opted to enter the transfer portal. In his only season with the Cougars, Roberts averaged 11.4 PPG and 2 APG as the team’s second-leading scorer and has been considered a sharpshooter throughout his career highlighted by 35% on three-point attempts last year.

Former five-star guard and top-20 recruit Bryan Antoine has announced with Jay Wright’s departure that he will be entering the transfer portal and leaving Villanova ahead of the 2022-23 season. Antoine has struggled battling injuries during his three-year career with the Wildcats including shoulder surgery and a serious knee injury, but is still an excellent scorer who shot 48% on two’s last season and is considered elite at attacking the rim.

Former top-50 prospect Josh Minott; a freshman guard from Memphis, has announced that he will join the transfer portal but is going through the NBA Draft evaluation process with the intent of staying in the Draft at the moment. Minott only averaged 6.6 PPG and 3.8 RPG in his first season albeit on a very strong Tigers team but is seen as a dynamic athlete with tons of upside and will draw major program interest should he return to college.

To round out the day, Western Kentucky’s 7-foot-5 big man Jamarion Sharp, who averaged 4.6 blocks per game, entered the portal. In addition, Kentucky forward Keion Brooks also entered. Brooks averaged over 10 points per game for the ‘Cats, starting all 33 games.

Commitments

After three seasons at West Virginia followed by one at Washington, Emmitt Matthews is returning back east to again join Bob Huggins and Mountaineers for a graduate season. The 6-foot-7 forward managed his best play with the Huskies last season where he averaged 11.7 PPG and 4.7 RPG as the team’s second-leading scorer.

Former St. Bonaventure standout Jaren Holmes has committed to join Iowa State in the Big 12 giving the Cyclones one of the best guards in the portal. A three-year starter for the Bonnies, Holmes averaged 13.5 PPG, 5 RPG, AND 3.6 APG last season and helped his team to as high as #16 nationally while managing a trip to the 2022 NIT semifinals.

Terrence Shannon, who averaged 10.4 PPG and 2.6 RPG last season for Texas Tech has announced that he will return home to Illinois prior to the 2022-23 college basketball season. Shannon, a former top-100 recruit earned Big 12 All-Freshman honors and was selected to the 2022 All-Big 12 Tournament team with a 15-point performance against Iowa State and 14 points in the Championship against Kansas.

One of the most coveted transfers in the portal, 2020-21 WAC Player of the Year and two-time WAC Defensive Player of the Year Fardaws Aimaq has committed to Texas Tech. Aimaq, a 6-foot-11 big man who spent time at both Mercer and Utah Valley, averaged 18.9 PPG and 13.6 RPG last season adding to the explosive offseason the Red Raiders have managed.

Following a standout freshman season in the Atlantic-10 for Duquesne, 6-foot-3 guard Primo Spears has declared that he will join head coach Patrick Ewing as they look to revamp the Hoyas. The Connecticut native averaged 12.7 PPG and 3 APG last season and will join fellow freshman guard Brandon Murray; an LSU transfer and SEC All-Freshman selection, with the two combining for what looks to be an exciting backcourt pair.

Two-time All-Ivy League selection and Princeton star Jaelin Llewellyn has landed with Michigan for the 2022-23 season he announced via Twitter today. Averaging 15.7 PPG and 4.1 RPG, the highly coveted point guard arrives in Ann Arbor with one additional year of eligibility and following three seasons as a starter for the Tigers.

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