Transfer Updates: 2022 Early Season Tournament Guide
As we hit week three of the college basketball season, many programs are entering their annual Multiple Team Tournaments with several different competitions taking place across the college basketball landscape. Specifically, this season we’ve seen an influx of these tournaments taking place outside the continental United States whether it be the classics like the Caribbean, Jamaica, or Hawaii and even some of the newer venues planning to host college basketball like Dublin, Quebec, or London come December.
Let’s take a look at the current international tournaments in play and how some of the nation’s most exciting transfers are fairing with their new programs during their trips abroad.
Cayman Islands Classic (Nov. 21-23)
KJ Williams – Leading the LSU offense in Game 1 of the Cayman Islands Classic was the Murray State transfer who managed a team-high of 33 points and an additional 8 rebounds to defeat Illinois State 77-61.
Adam Miller – Taking on Akron in the second round, the former top-100 prospect and Illinois transfer contributed 23 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 assists hitting 5 three-point attempts to earn a 73-58 victory.
Illinois State Redbirds
Darius Burford – Despite the loss to LSU, the Elon transfer produced a team-leading 17 points with 6 rebounds and 2 assists while playing a full 34 minutes to try and keep the Tigers at bay.
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
Emmanuel Akot – While it was a tough opening-round loss to Akron for Western Kentucky, the Hilltoppers were led by former Arizona and Boise State big man who put up a team-leading 13 points, and a further 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal.
Nevada Wolf Pack
Jarod Lucas – As the leader of the Wolf Pack in a 75-66 win over Tulane, the Oregon State addition contributed 22 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists as Nevada prepares for a second-round matchup with Kansas State.
Kansas State Wildcats
David N’Guessan – In a 77-57 thrashing of Rhode Island, the Netherlands native and Virginia Tech transfer added 12 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, and 1 steal to help Kansas State onto day two.
Maui Jim Maui Invitational (Nov. 21-23)
Texas Tech Red Raiders
De’Vion Harmon – In a first-round loss to No. 10 Creighton, the former Oklahoma and Oregon guard managed 12 points and a productive 3 assists plus 1 steal.
Baylor Scheierman – To surpass No. 21 Texas Tech in round one, the South Dakota State transfer and 2021-22 Summit League Player of the Year managed a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Ricky Council IV – The Wichita State transfer has been off to a hot start for the Razorbacks and added an additional 15 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals to defeat Louisville in the first round 80-54.
Ohio State Buckeyes
Sean McNeil – In a futile effort for the Buckeyes, the former West Virginia standout cashed in a team-high of 22 points to go with 2 rebounds and an assist as Ohio State fell in a tight 88-78 matchup with No. 17 SDSU.
Landers Noelly II – Taking No. 14 Arizona to the brink, the Memphis and Virginia Tech transfer managed a scoring flurry of 33 points to go with 4 rebounds and a steal as the Bearcats fell 101-93.
Courtney Ramey – The Texas transfer managed a sizable 17 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal to help the Wildcats take down Cincy and advance to a second-round meeting with San Diego State.
Cancún Challange (Nov. 22 & 23)
Eastern Michigan Eagles
Emoni Bates – The former top-100 prospect and Memphis transfer lead the Eagles with 16 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists falling to Purdue Fort Wayne by a final score of 74-67.
Southern Miss Golden Eagles
Austin Crowley – Leading his team in scoring by a long shot was the Ole Miss transfer producing 22 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and 6 steals to put the Golden Eagles over Winthrop 77-52.
Duke Deen – In an 85-64 loss in the first round at the hands of Auburn, the Troy transfer managed 15 points, 1 rebound, 4 assists, and 2 steals while shooting 33% from behind the three-point arc.
Johni Broome – Starting for the No. 13 ranked Tigers was the Morehead State transfer and former OVC Rookie of the Year and later conference Player of the Year who put up 14 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 blocked shots to push Aubrun over Bradley.
Battle 4 Atlantis (Preview: Nov 23 – 25)
Game 1 – Kansas vs NC State [Nov. 23 @ 12 p.m. ET]
Kevin McCullar (KU) – Texas Tech transfer averaging 8.3 PPG, 6 RPG, and 2.3 APG
Jarkel Joiner (NC State) – Former CSU Bakersfield and Ole Miss standout with 17 PPG
Jack Clark (NC State) – Arrived after four years with La Salle and averages 12 PPG with 6.8 RPG
Game 2 – Dayton vs Wisconsin [Nov. 23 @ 2:30 p.m. ET]
Max Klesmit (Wisco) – 2021-22 All-Southern Selection at Wofford who averaged 12 PPG
Game 3 – Southern California vs BYU [Nov. 23 @ 5 p.m. ET]
Rudi Williams (BYU) – Former K-State and Coastal Carolina guard now averaging 9.3 PPG and 3.5 APG
Noah Waterman (BYU) – Spent one season at Niagara and another a Detroit Mercy producing 8.8 PPG for his career
Game 4 – Tennessee vs Butler [Nov. 23 @ 7:30 p.m. ET]
Tyreke Key (Tenn) – 2018-19 MVC Most Important Player who spent three seasons at Indiana State now averaging 12.7 PPG and 4.3 RPG
Manny Bates (Butler) – ACC All-Defensive selection during a three-year stint with NC State who’s been scoring 13.5 PPG and adding 8.5 RPG since the transfer