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15 BIG-10 Transfers to Watch in 2023



In a BIG-10 that is headlined by returning players like Zach Edey, Hoggard and Walker, Cliff Omoruyi, and Boo Buie, a loaded transfer class has gone slightly under the radar. Here are 15 transfers I am looking forward to watching in the BIG-10 this season.

Marcus Domask Illinois: 6-6 SF

  • Averaged 16.67/5.67/3.79 for Southern Illinois last season.
  • Senior transfer ranked top ten in five different scoring categories for the Salukis.

Lance Jones Purdue: 6-1 G

  • Fellow Saluki transfer averaged nearly 14 for SIU in 2022.
  • Chicago native will look to have an immediate impact for Matt Painter’s squad.

Rienk Mast Nebraska: 6-9 C

  • Maybe the best BIG-10 transfer, Mast was a beast for Bradley last year averaging 14 and 8 boards.
  • The junior was a first team All MVC selection last season.

Ben Krikke Iowa: 6-9 PF

  • The Valparaiso transfer is the leading scorer in this year’s class averaging 19.44 ppg to go along with nearly six rebounds.
  • The senior is an incredibly efficient scorer, shooting 55 percent from the field and 80% from the line.

Brice Williams Nebraska: 6-7 F

  • The second of three stud transfers for Nebraska on my list, Williams put up 13.75 ppg and 5.28 rpg for Charlotte last season.
  • Williams’ nearly seven-foot wingspan gives him great length on the defensive end.

Payton Sparks Indiana: 6-9 C

  • In a big man heavy BIG-10, Sparks is a huge get for the Hoosiers especially following the loss of TJD.
  • The Ball State transfer averaged 13.26 points per game along with 8.58 rebounds.

Kel’el Ware Indiana: 7-1 PF

  • Ware is an athletic specimen and was never truly given the chance to shine with Oregon.
  • If he reaches his full potential at IU, the sophomore transfer can have a huge impact for the Hoosiers and will see his draft stock skyrocket.

Olivier Nkamhoua Michigan: 6-9 F

  • One of just two SEC to BIG-10 transfers, along with new teammate Nimari Burnett (Alabama), Olivier put up 11 per game for the Vols last season.
  • Nkamhoua will have big shoes to fill following the departure of Hunter Dickinson for Kansas.

Elijah Hawkins Minnesota: 5-11 PG

  • Howard transfer Elijah Hawkins is the best three-point shooter in the BIG-10 transfer class.
  • The point guard averaged 13 points and six assists on 46.55% from beyond the arc.

Jarron Coleman Nebraska: 6-5 SG

  • The final Husker on my list, Coleman is the leading scorer of the group averaging 14.33 for Ball State in 2022.
  • Coleman joins a loaded class for Coach Hoiberg who looks to gain some momentum at Nebraska.

Noah Fernandes Rutgers: 5-11 G

  • Another top three-point shooter, Fernandes is electric behind the arc.
  • The senior UMass transfer averaged 13 for the Minutemen while shooting over 45% from three.

Qudus Wahab Penn State: 6-11 C

  • One of the top rebounders in the BIG-10 transfer class, Wahab averaged 10 and 7 for Georgetown last season.

Zach Hicks Penn State: 6-8 F

  • The second PSU big man on my list, Hicks joins a revamped Nittany Lions frontcourt for the 2023 season.
  • The Temple transfer averaged 10 and five in 2022.

Mike Mitchell Minnesota: 6-2 G

  • A sniper from three-point range, Mitchell was one of the top shooters in the WCC at 45.06 3P%.
  • The sophomore transfer will hope to add a spark to a Minnesota team that finished the year tied for last in the BIG-10.

Jamison Battle Ohio State: 6-7 SF

  • An intra-conference transfer, Battle made the decision to leave the Gophers for the Buckeyes.
  • Battle averaged just over 12 a game for Minnesota last season, and is a huge add for Holtmann’s squad.

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