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Daily Portal Report: Former Elite Eight Participant Finds New Home; UTEP adds All-MVC Performer

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Saturday’s transfer portal action featured a slew of commitments, including a member of Oregon State’s Elite Eight team and a sharpshooter from Coastal Carolina. The Portal Report has your up to date news and analysis from today’s movement in the transfer portal.

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Jarod Lucas, a key piece of Oregon State’s Elite Eight run in 2021, is headed to Nevada after three years in Corvallis. The Hacienda Heights, CA native averaged 13.5 points and 2.3 rebounds, connecting on 38.6 percent of his shots beyond the arc.

BYU hauled in an elite scorer from the portal, Coastal Carolina’s Rudi Williams. The 45 percent three point shooter tallied 14.7 points per game, while recording 4.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists per contest. The former Kansas State Wildcat picked the Cougars over a slew of Power 5 and mid-major offers. Williams will have one season of eligibility in Provo.

After beginning his career at Xavier, UTEP transfer Keonte Kennedy is on the move again. The Austin, TX native is headed to the SEC to play for Jerry Stackhouse at Vanderbilt. In his second season as a Miner, Kennedy had the best season at the collegiate level, posting career-highs in every major statistical category. The 6-foot-5 guard recorded 14.1 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 1.8 steals per game. Kennedy will have two seasons of eligibility, becoming an immediate option to enter the starting lineup for the Commodores.

As UTEP has seen a mass exodus to the transfer portal this offseason, the Miners received a much needed commitment from the portal on Saturday. Former Evansville Ace Shamar Givance will spend his final season of eligibility at UTEP, after four seasons in the Missouri Valley Conference. The Toronto, ON native averaged a career-high in points with 13.7 PPG, while tallying 4.1 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game. In the 2020-2021 season, Givance was named to the All-MVC Second Team and led the conference in steals with 1.6 per game.

Similar to UTEP, St. Bonaventure lost multiple pieces from last year’s roster to the portal, but the Bonnies earned a commitment from Morgan State transfer Chad Venning. The 6-foot-10 forward spent two seasons with the Bears, averaging 7.2 points and 3.0 rebounds this past season. The Brooklyn, NY native will have three years of eligibility remaining, hoping to help make up for the plethora of scoring tSt. Bonaventure lost this offseason.

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