More than 1,800 players entered the division one transfer portal this past offseason, and many of those players found new homes where they will make a big impact this upcoming season.
Let’s take a look at some of the transfer commitments that have flown under the radar leading up to the season’s start.
Knecht ranked at No. 15 overall in TPR’s overall transfer rankings this offseason. The former Northern Colorado star scored more than 20 points per game, and shot 38% from three-point range last season. Although it’s a big jump in competition, Knecht has an opportunity to be a major contributor for the Vols this year.
Knecht was ranked right near the top of our SEC transfer rankings this week as well.
Creighton is ranked as the No. 8 team in the country in the preseason AP Poll, and if the Jays’ live up to the hype, Steven Ashworth will be a big reason why. The former Utah State point guard averaged 16 points and 4.5 assists per game last year, and will fill in nicely alongside Trey Alexander, Baylor Scheierman, Isaac Traudt, and Ryan Kalkbrenner in Omaha.
Watching Cheeks improve over his three years at Robert Morris was truly a joy, as he went from five, to nine, to 15 points per game in his three years, respectively. Cheeks shot 36% from three each of the last two seasons, and can put the ball on the floor and create. He should be a great piece for the Flyers.
Savrasov ranked as the No. 48 overall transfer in TPR’s transfer rankings this offseason after posting averages of 14.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per game last year at Georgia Southern. Duquesne is loaded up for a run at the Atlantic 10 championship this season under Keith Dambrot.
Dunn ranked as our No. 76 transfer in the class. He scored 15.3 points per game at Temple prior to entering the portal, and shot 35% from three-point range.
Kelvin Sampson also tells me that he’s bullish on Temple transfer Damian Dunn:
Sampson on Dunn: “He’s the guy that not a lot of people are talking about. He had 38 against Vanderbilt last season and 34 against Cincinnati. He can really score.” https://t.co/y9zdlBm6uo
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) October 9, 2023
Nembhard followed in his brother’s footsteps and transferred to Gonzaga this offseason from Creighton. Last year, the 6-foot-1 guard averaged 12.3 points and 4.89 assists per game for the Jays.
DARIUS BROWN – UTAH STATE
Brown was our No. 4 distributor in the portal, averaging 4.91 assists per game last year at Montana State. He followed along with the Montana State staff to join Utah State this year.
Harris averaged 9.3 points and 8.83 rebounds per game at St. Francis Brooklyn last year. He ranked as the No. 238 transfer in the class per our transfer rankings, and joins a very solid Highlander squad led by HC Darris Nichols.
TJ BAMBA – VILLANOVA
Bamba ranked as the No. 240 transfer in the class, per our transfer rankings. He was a top-85 scorer that entered the portal, averaging 15.81 points per game last year for Washington State.
Maletic was the transfer portal’s leader in three-pointers made per game for most of the summer, at 2.84. He ranked ninth overall among transfers in that category, and also ranked in the top 85 in scoring at 15.9 points per game last year with LIU.