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ACC’s Best: Ranking the Top 15 Transfers in ACC Basketball This Season



JJ Starling is going to be one of the top transfer portal prospects this season after joining Syracuse.

While preseason ACC favorite Duke did not hit the transfer portal this offseason, every other team in the league picked up at least one transfer prospect this offseason.

Here, I break down 15 different transfers who I am excited to watch this season in the ACC.


1. Matthew Cleveland, Miami

Cleveland has shown that he can compete at a high-level in the ACC while at FSU. The 6-foot-7 guard averaged 13.8 points and 7.4 rebounds per game last year, and should be a massive piece of the puzzle for Miami.

2. Joe Girard, Clemson

Everyone remembers Girard from Syracuse. The sharpshooter started 123 games in a Syracuse uniform, hitting 36% of his threes in four years and scoring more than 1,600 points.

3. Harrison Ingram, UNC

Ingram was a star on the West Coast at Stanford, scoring 10.5 points per game in each of his two seasons in Palo Alto. He then decided to transfer to North Carolina, where he joins fellow transfer Cormac Ryan and a whole bunch of talented returners in Chapel Hill.

4. Cormac Ryan, UNC

Ryan has already gotten the job done in the ACC, averaging 12.3 points, four rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game last year for Notre Dame.

5. DJ Horne, NC State

Horne proved himself at ASU, averaging 12.5 points per game in each of the last two seasons at the P5 level.

6. JJ Starling, Syracuse

Starling, a member of the 2022-23 All Freshman team for the ACC, started 24 games for the Irish last season while at Notre Dame. He scored it at a high clip (11.2 PPG) and should have a nice role alongside electrifying guard Judah Mintz with the Orange.

7. Tre White, Louisville

White was a stud for USC last season in his rookie year, shooting 53% on two-point field goals and averaging nine points per game for the Trojans.


8. Jordan Minor, Virginia

Minor comes to Virginia after starring at Merrimack. While there is a huge jump up from the NEC to the ACC, Minor was the conference’s Player of the Year and has averaged 17+ points per game in his college career before. Not many hoopers can say that.

9. Ishmael Leggett, Pitt

Leggett has been rock solid for the Panthers in three early season exhibitions/scrimmages. He comes over from Rhode Island where he averaged 16.4 points per game on 39% shooting.

10. Andrew Rohde, Virginia

Rohde was the Summit League Rookie of the Year last year, averaging 17+ points per game and hitting 56 threes. Opposing ACC teams will have a lot on their plate when dealing with Rohde over the next few seasons.

11. Zack Austin, Pitt

Austin had great numbers for a bad High Point squad last year in his redshirt sophomore campaign. He should have a big role on the wing for the Panthers alongside Blake Hinson, Leggett, and a pair of young guards in Pittsburgh.


12. Chance Westry is an intriguing transfer pickup for Syracuse, At Auburn, he scored just 2.5 points per game in 9.5 minutes per game (11 games played).

13. Skyy Clark had a tough go at Illinois, playing in just 13 games and scoring seven points per game. The former highly-touted prospect gets a fresh start now with Louisville.

14. Efton Reid is on stop No. 3 after choosing LSU and then transferring to Gonzaga. Will he get an immediate eligibility waiver?

15. Primo Spears has proven that he can score while at Duquesne and Georgetown. Only one question remains: Will he get a waiver to play this year?

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