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.