Post by notjuanjones on May 5, 2021 14:41:49 GMT -5
Bit of a surprise: Colgate forward Nicholas Evtimov has entered the portal. Freshman transfer from Western Carolina. He didn't play much last season but I thought he would likely earn more playing time going forward.
maybe this is the craziest example of the portal gone wild - here's an update from Minnesota (after departure of Richard Pitino) "Only two players from the 13-man roster the Gophers finished last season with are expected to return under new coach Ben Johnson. Three of the departing players were seniors. The other eight have entered the transfer portal, including starters Marcus Carr, Liam Robbins and Gabe Kalscheur."
College of Charleston has 12 in the portal. The only two returnees are a little-used soph from Australia and a PF from Nigeria who will be a grad student.
If you are from overseas you are probably hesitant to bounce around a foreign country (U.S.) in a pandemic. So let's call it a 100% defection. Very few portal entries from HC in any sport, which speaks well of the college.
Post by KY Crusader 75 on May 6, 2021 15:00:46 GMT -5
Well, here's some good news: C J. Fredrick, former Kentucky Gatorade Player of the Year, is transferring from Iowa (bye. bye Fran) to the University of Kentucky. Fredrick was a two year starter for Coach McCrybaby and shot 83/178= .466 on his threes.
Post by purplenurple on May 6, 2021 15:34:11 GMT -5
All these transfers speak to the importance of the of hiring the right coach. Of course that has been always been important but you rarely had entire rosters attempting to decamp with a coaching change.
Post by purplehaze on May 10, 2021 14:33:09 GMT -5
(not sure if anyone had mentioned this pickup by BU) Boston University men’s basketball already made a splash, landing former USC Upstate big man Nevin Zink. The 6-foot-9 junior (two years of eligibility remaining) joins BU after starting 82 of 86 career games in South Carolina. Zink plays a traditional Terrier brand of basketball; he averaged 9.1 points and 5.6 rebounds as an interior presence last season while shooting 60.5 percent from the floor.
Post by KY Crusader 75 on May 10, 2021 15:14:46 GMT -5
Zink is from Connecticut so I wonder what offers he had coming out of high school that caused him to choose USC-Upstate. Looks like he was a strong contributor on a weak team. Not an outside shooter-attempted one three in three years--but reliable around the basket. He doesn't shoot a lot but connects at a very high percentage and draws fouls.
Post by thecrossisback on May 12, 2021 16:12:57 GMT -5
Forgotten high school star During a normal year, All-State point guard John Latimer would have signed scholarship papers, perhaps during a ceremony at Apopka High School. The pandemic changed the 17-year-old’s plans. The transfer portal has further put them on hold. Latimer continues to wait for his future to arrive. “I’m taking it day by day and taking in all the data from these schools,” he said. “I pray that some stuff will come in for me, but at the same time I know I’m not in a rush for anything. It’s a lifetime decision for me, more than just going to play basketball.” Latimer faces an Aug. 1 deadline to make a college decision. He plans for it to be his last one. “I want to stay at a school all four years. I’m loyal,” he said. “I want to find the right home, a second home; that’s why I want to take my time with this thing. Apopka senior guard John Latimer III scored a career-high 35 points to lead the Blue Darters to a comeback district quarterfinal win against Evans. “I don’t want to end up in the transfer portal because of all the mess that it gave me.” Last spring during AAU ball, Latimer began to sense the shift in college recruiting. By the winter, the silence was both deafening and eye-opening to Latimer. “Everything was dead,” he said. “Like, I wasn’t really getting any calls or hearing from any coaches.” Latimer said he understands a proven college player might appeal to a coach more than an unproven high school player. Latimer said a short-term solution also can undermine a program’s culture and the true purpose of college athletics. “They’re looking kinda for a quick fix,” he said. “But when you get a four-year guy, they’re there and they want to graduate.” Latimer has received several scholarship offers, including recently from Fairleigh Dickinson, the largest private university in New Jersey and home to a struggling basketball team. He also holds offers from Holy Cross, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Presbyterian and Rollins, similar lower-level programs with, at best, pockets of success. Latimer hopes to find a more established program in need of a versatile three-year starter at point guard. The 6-foot-1 Latimer averaged 20.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.9 steals last season. He scored 35 points during a comeback win against Orlando Evans. Latimer said he believes at some point the right program will call. “I am keeping faith,” he said. “At the beginning of the season, it was all these coaches are going to the portal. But turns out they’re not getting those guys they thought they were going to get in the portal, so they are coming back to high school guys like myself. “It’s just finding the right fit.”