Daily Portal Report: Dearon Tucker Joins First-Year Cal State Northridge Head Coach; Seton Hall Freshman Finds New Beginnings with Buffalo
Mid-Major programs took advantage of the quiet transfer portal today as several prospects who we’re top high school recruits are now making moves for a fresh collegiate start and most likely more playing time. The Portal Report has you covered on all the latest transfer news and updates from Wednesday’s action around college basketball.
Southern Utah freshman Anthony Swift has announced that he’ll be entering the transfer portal in search of a new program despite the deadline to maintain eligibility for next season already passing. While Swift didn’t see action for the Thunderbirds in his first season, the 6-foot-6 forward was heavily recruited by several high major and mid-major programs out of high school including DePaul, Nevada, and UNLV.
Transferring for the third time in his collegiate career following seasons at Oregon State and Indians State, Dearon Tucker will be joining Cal State Northridge and first-year head coach Trent Johnson. Last season with the Sycamores, Tucker averaged only 2.2 PPG and 2.7 RPG in just 14 appearances but has previous NCAA Tournament experience having appeared in all three of Oregon State’s 2021 Tournament matchups as a sophomore.
Marking his third school in three years, former Howard and Alabama State forward Michael Barber is transferring to Mississippi Valley State to start his junior campaign. For his career, Barber has averaged 2.1 PPG and 2.2 RPG across both schools and as a three-star prospect out of high school, garnered offers from Ole Miss, Baylor, Mississippi State, and more.
Freshman Jo Smith was the latest exit for Seton Hall this offseason as the 6-foot-9 forward announced his commitment to Buffalo this afternoon. Struggling for minutes with the Pirates, Smith averaged just 1 PPG and .6 RPG in 10 appearances after signing for Seton Hall out of the NJCAA following a year with Chipola College.