The college basketball off-season is always a really good time to look at the next years players coming in from high school. Another popular option is paying attention to the transfer portal where a mass amount of players enter year in and year out. Anyone from second year players to graduate transfers can put their name into the portal. Today I want go through some of the players that I think are the best still available in the transfer portal.
Andrew Nembhard- Florida transfer
Andrew Nembhard is a 6-5, 195 pound point guard who has played two seasons down at the University of Florida. In his first season as a Gator, Nembhard appeared in 36 games and averaged 8.0 points, 2.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game. Nembhard also shot 41.4% from the field and 34.7% from beyond the arc. He improved over the off-season and in his sophomore season Nembhard averaged 11.2 points, 3.0 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game. He shot at a 44% clip from the field and dropped a little bit from three, shooting 30.8% in 2019-20. Some teams that are interested in the former Gator are Gonzaga, Duke, Oregon, UCLA, USC, Memphis and Georgetown.
LJ Figueroa- St Johns transfer
LJ Figueroa made the decision to leave the Red Storm. If he decide to stay he would have been the leading scorer for St Johns. Figueroa is a 6-6, 195 pound guard that can help in a big way. In his first two seasons he played in a total of 66 games and averaged 14.4 and 14.5 points respectively in his time in college so far. He was a Big East second team selection and he also led the Big East in steals averaging 1.9 per game. Some teams that are interested are Memphis, Oregon, Dayton, Texas Tech, Auburn, Arkansas, Samford, Georgia Tech and UCLA.
Cam Mack- Nebraska
Cam Mack played in 28 games in 2019-20 and he averaged 12 points, 4.5 rebounds and 6.4 assists. He had a pretty good year especially early on. The first four games of the year Mack averaged 16 points per game with a season high of 24 points versus South Dakota St. He also had another spurt during conference play. He can definitely get some work in on his shot, but I think he will be a good fit for someone.
A.J Walker- Air Force
A.J Walker is a smaller guard, standing at 6-2 and is 191 pounds. Walker improved in every statistical category when he made the jump from freshman to sophomore year. In 2018-19 he averaged 8.5 points, 1.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. He shot 41.2% from inside the three point line, and 40% from beyond it. As he matured his game, his sophomore season was much better. In the 2019-20 season Walker averaged 11.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists. Shooting wise he improved to 44.8% from the field and showed slight improvement from behind the three point line shooting 40.3%. He has narrowed down to four schools which are Texas Tech, TCU, Tulsa or returning to Air force.
There are definitaly a lot of other players that I could put on this list, but these four are the ones that I think are at the top of the list. Plenty of other players could find a new home and breakout, which is always fun to watch. Some other players to look at in the transfer portal are Both Gach, Jalen Carey and Justyn Mutts. Indiana transfer Justin Smith has announced that he will take his talents to Arkansas.