On day two of the 2022/23 College Basketball season, transfer talent dominated once again despite the significantly smaller slate of games this afternoon. Let’s take a look at how some of the nation’s top transfer talent faired in their opening matchups (sorry Coppin State) with their new programs.
Bryce Hopkins, Providence
In his first start for the Friars, Hopkins managed 18 points, 6 rebounds, and one block as the leading scorer for Providence who came back from ten down at halftime to defeat Rider 66-65.
Dae Dae Grant, Duquesne
Dropping 25 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists to open the season, Grant was a perfect 100% from the field on 8 attempts while hitting 6/6 from three-point range as the Dukes’ leading scorer in a 91-63 routing of Montana.
Hayden Brown, South Carolina
The former Citadel standout put up 21 points and 5 rebounds on 6/10 shooting as South Carolina’s leading scorer to hold off South Carolina State for an 80-77 win to start the Lamont Paris era.
Jalyn McCreary, Mercer
Following two seasons at South Carolina and one at USF, McCreary arrived at Mercer and produced 18 points, 5 rebounds, and 1 assist to start the Bears season who fell to East Carolina 77-75.
Akok Akok, Georgetown
Managing a double-double with 18 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 blocks to start the Hoyas season, Akok Akok played a huge role in his Georgetown debut as they defeated Coppin State 99-89 in overtime.
Primo Spears, Georgetown
Despite a slow start to the second half, the former Duquesne freshman produced a massive 28 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists as he throttled the Eagles to finish out the second half and overtime carrying the Hoyas to victory.
Sam Sessoms, Coppin State
After a 24-point performance last night, Sessoms came back today against power-5 competition and put up a double-double of his own with 16 points, 3 rebounds, and 10 assists just barely falling to Georgetown in overtime.