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Bock: D2 Transfers to D1 That I Like This Season



Nova Southeastern Athletics

The transfer portal has some of its pros and cons during its early mark in college athletics. One thing that is great is the ability for Division-I coaches to easily contact Division-II transfers and recruit them. Here are three Division-II players from last season that are making the jump up to Division-I this year that could make an impact.

Jonathan Pierre, F – Memphis

Stats at Nova Southeastern: 14.5 PTS, 5.2 REB, 3.4 AST

Pierre made his name known while at Nova Southeastern but also became known during his offseason recruitment as over 100 schools contacted the Division-II star. Pierre eventually cut down his list and committed to Penny Hardaway and Memphis. Pierre joins a loaded transfer class as Hardaway is essentially flipping his roster.

RJ Sunahara, F – Georgia 

Stats at Nova Southeastern: 18.9 PTS, 5.4 REB, 2.5 AST

Sunahara was the Division-II National Player of the Year for Nova Southeastern, helping the team to an undefeated record with a National Title. Sunahara recorded 28 points and nine rebounds in the championship-clinching win. The 6-foot-7 forward committed to Georgia after being heavily recruited by West Virginia, Notre Dame, Loyola-Chicago and others.

Bryce Butler, G – College of Charleston

Stats at West Liberty: 22.4 PTS, 7.6 REB, 3.6 AST, 59% FG, 43% 3FG

Butler led West Liberty to the National Championship game before running into Nova Southeastern. Butler recorded a team-high 32 points on 11-of-19 shooting from the field. Butler joins Pat Kelsey’s high culture group at Charleston as he looks to make an immediate impact and get the Cougars back to the NCAA Tournament.

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