With conference play just around the corner, here’s an updated look at the top 10 transfer guards to open the 2023/24 season based on The Portal Report College Basketball Fantasy Scoring metrics.
10.) Keshon Gilbert – Iowa State
After two seasons at UNLV, the Las Vegas native joined Iowa State in the Big 12 this past offseason where he’s been having a career-year since behind 15.7 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 4.4 APG, and 2.1 STLPG. With the Cyclones off to a 9-2 start on the campaign, Gilbert has become the focal point of head coach TJ Otzelberger offense and the secondary ball handler in Iowa State’s rotation alongside Tamin Lipsey.
Since arriving, Gilbert has scored double-digit points in each game except against Virginia Tech, led a win over VCU with his first career double-double, and more recently, put together three consecutive performances of 20+ points for wins over DePaul, Iowa, and Prairie View.
9.) Phillip Russell – UT Arlington
Despite only just making his first appearances for UT Arlington on Saturday due to the temporary restraining order granting immediate eligibility to two-time transfers, Russell picked up right where he left off at SEMO. After helping the Redhawks to an NCAA Tournament appearance last season, Russell managed a game-high 28 points, adding two assists and two steals as the Mavericks edged out Air Force 76-73.
While this marked his only minutes for UT Arlington early into the season, Russell averaged 18.1 PPG and 5.1 APG last season. If a full return is instituted for transfers, this could be a very competitive Mavericks team with Russell at the helm.