Just a few weeks into the season, we’ve already seen top-tier college basketball matchups across the country from ranked upsets to high-major clashes. With an excess of games to watch on any given night, it can be difficult to keep track of all the top transfers and big time contests.
Here’s a look at five under-the-radar transfer performers that caught our attention here at The Portal Report throughout this week.
Isaiah Swope – Indiana State
After being selected to our Top 20 Transfer Guards list, the former Southern Indiana guard dropped a season-high 27 points and 10 rebounds to secure his first career double-double and lead the Sycamores to a 90-67 win over NIU. Averaging 19.7 PPG, 2.1 APG, and 2.2 STLPG, Swope is Indiana State’s leading scorer and has this program off to an 8-1 start following back-to-back wins this week.
Babatunde Akingbola – George Washington
A former Auburn recruit, Akingbola hasn’t been the Revolutionaries most effective scorer to open the season but on Tuesday he helped GW to a 79-77 win against Navy with four points, seven rebounds, an assist, and ELEVEN blocked shots. The 6-foot-10 center currently sits second in the nation in blocks and is averaging a career-high at 3.7 BKPG since arriving in Foggy Bottom.
Jalun Trent – Delaware
To lead the Blue Hens to the programs second ever Big East win and first in almost 50 years, the North Dakota transfer had a career-high 27 points, adding seven rebounds and six assists to down Xavier 87-80. The performance marked back-to-back double-digit outings from Trent as Delaware looks to build on the win with a matchup against Robert Morris come Monday.
DJ Burns – Youngstown State
A two-time transfer with stints at Southern and Murray State, Bruns finally seems to have found his footing averaging a career-high 10.7 PPG, 8.4 RPG, and 2.3 APG through nine appearances. This week, Bruns consecutive double-double performances lead the Penguins to a pair of wins behind 18 points and 13 rebounds to defeat Robert Morris followed by 14 points, 11 boards, and three blocks in a win over Ohio.
Jaylen Murray – Ole Miss
Opening the week with 22 points, four rebounds, and nine assists, Murray led the Rebels to an 80-77 upset of Memphis before later managing a career-high 26 points to defeat Mount St. Mary’s 77-68. The 5-foot-11 Saint Peter’s transfer has thrived since joining head coach Chris Beard’s rebuilt roster in the SEC, averaging career-best of 15.3 PPG, 4.8 APG, and 1.1 STLPG.