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Daily Portal Report: WAC POY to Transfer for Fourth Time; Efton Reid Picks Gonzaga

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With today marking the deadline for players to notify the NCAA of their intent to enter the transfer portal while still maintaining eligibility for next season, the portal is expected to add a few more exciting names in the coming days and today was no exception. The Portal Report has the latest news and updates from Sunday’s transfer portal introductions and exits.

Portal Entries

6-foot-5 guard Kerwin Walton; a former 20-game starter for North Carolina as a freshman, has announced that he will be joining the transfer portal in search of a new program. Walton averaged 5.7 PPG, 1.5 RPG, and 1.1 APG across two seasons with the Tar Heels and while the Hopkins, MN native saw a huge downtick in production as a sophomore, it’s expected that his hometown Golden Gophers are interested.

Former top-100 recruit Keyontae Johnson has declared that after missing time the last two seasons with a heart condition, he will leave Florida and enter the transfer portal. The 2019-20 All-SEC selection started 31 games as a sophomore averaging 14 PPG and 7.1 RPG but would appear in just five games total the following two seasons and will need to be cleared medically to play this upcoming season. 

2021-22 WAC Player of the Year Teddy Allen has declared that he will transfer for the fourth time after stints with West Virginia, Nebraska, and most recently New Mexico State. In the Big Ten with Nebraska, Allen averaged 16.5 PPG and 4.7 RPG, only seeing improvement with the Aggies managing 19.6 PPG and 6.7 RPG while dropping 37 points in NMSU’s NCAA tournament first-round upset of UConn.

Commitments

Freshman Efton Reid who started 34 games for LSU last season has declared that he will transfer to Gonzaga and join Mark Few ahead of the 2022-23 college basketball season. The former top-25 recruit only averaged 6.3 PPG and 4.3 RPG with the Tigers, but at 6-foot-11 the rising sophomore has a ton of untapped potential and could prove a defensive stalwart for Gonzaga.

SMU gets the program’s second high-major transfer this offseason as Xavier Foster joins former Louisville Cardinal Samuell Williamson and the Mustangs. The 7-foot center averaged 4 PPG and 1.7 RPG in just seven appearances last season but as a former top-100 prospect with the Class of 2020, should be one-half of a very threatening frontcourt in Dallas for next year.

Former CAA Rookie of the Year and 2021 All-CAA Tournament selection Hunter McIntosh will be leaving Elon and has committed to play for Nevada in the Mountain West next season. The Georgia native averaged 13.3 PPG and 2.8 APG as a junior while shooting 38% from beyond three-point range and will be a great replacement for the guard talent Nevada has lost to the portal throughout this offseason. 

Having averaged 17.5 PPG and 4.7 RPG last season, former Miami (Ohio) standout Dae Dae Grant will be heading just east to Pittsburgh and joining Duquesne of the Atlantic-10. A 2020-21 MAC All-Freshman selection and 2021-22 MAC Honorable Mention, Grant is a three-year starter for the RedHawks and led the program in scoring each of the last two seasons.

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