Between Purdue, Nebraska, Penn State, and Illinois (disregard Michigan State and Maryland), the Big Ten Conference has been off to a hot start. Let’s break down the top 10 transfers who joined the Big Ten this offseason and how they’ve been performing to start the season based on TPR’s Game Score metrics.
1.) Ben Krikke, F – Iowa
Fantasy Points: 36.8
The former Valparaiso forward is averaging 20 PPG, 6.5 RPG, and 1.5 APG, recently managing a season-high of 25 points in a win over Arkansas State.
2.) Olivier Nkamhoua, F – Michigan
Fantasy Points: 36.4
Arriving from Tennessee this offseason, the Helsinki, Finland native is averaging 18.3 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 3.8 APG, and already has two double-doubles this season.
3.) Kel’el Ware, C – Indiana
Fantasy Points: 35.8
A former top-100 prospect and Oregon recruit, Ware has exploded onto the scene for Indiana averaging 15.6 PPG, 9 RPG, and 1.6 BKPG, notching a double-double in last week’s win over Wright State.
4.) Qudus Wahab, F – Penn State
Fantasy Points: 31.2
The two-time transfer with stops at Georgetown and Maryland already has four double-doubles on the season, averaging 11 PPG, 12.3 RPG, and 1.8 BKPG since arriving in University Park, PA.
5.) Rienk Mast, F – Nebraska
Fantasy Points: 31
The Bradley transfer is averaging a career-best 14.8 PPG, 11.2 RPG, and 2.8 APG, opening the season with a 20-point, 16-rebound double-double against Florida A&M.
6.) Brice Williams, G – Nebraska
Fantasy Points: 28.2
A 2022-23 All-Conference USA Second Team selection at Charlotte, Williams is now averaging 15.4 PPG, 5.4 RPG, and 2.6 APG for the Cornhuskers while shooting 44% from three-point range.
7.) Ace Baldwin, Jr., G – Penn State
Fantasy Points: 28
A former Atlantic-10 Player of the Year under Mike Rhoades at VCU, Baldwin has been scoring and dishing for the Nittany Lions averaging 11 PPG, 3 RPG, and 3.8 APG.
8.) Elijah Hawkins, G – Minnesota
Fantasy Points: 24.6
Arriving with NCAA Tournament experience from Howard, Hawkins has been physical for the Golden Gophers averaging 8.8 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 5.5 APG, and 1.5 STLPG.
9.) Lance Jones, G – Purdue
Fantasy Points: 22.1
Having contributed 13 points, four rebounds, two steals, and an assist against Gonzaga last night, the former Southern Illinois guard is averaging 10.5 PPG, 3 RPG, and 3 APG.
10.) Ryan Langborg, G – Northwestern
Fantasy Points: 21.5
The acclaimed Princeton transfer is averaging 12 PPG, 2.6 RPG, and 2.4 APG since arriving in Evanston, IL, and added 19 points in an opening week win over Dayton.