The SEC is turning into the basketball transfer capital for the upcoming college basketball season. When the new transfer ruling was voted on, the Transfer Portal saw traffic it has never seen before. Over 1,000 college basketball players gave notices to their coaches and put their names in the portal. This is all happening under the one-time transfer immediate eligibility ruling. Recruiting through the transfer portal is another part of how coaching will change in college basketball.
This gives power conference coaches opportunities to recruit and land some of the best players in Mid-major conferences. As it stands right now, over 40 transfers have committed to an SEC school. The SEC is looking like it can be the basketball transfer capital of 2021-22. Here are some of the top transfer destinations in the SEC.
Basketball Transfer Capital Looks Like the SEC.
Alabama Crimson Tide
Nimari Burnett (Texas Tech)- 5.3 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.9 APG
Noah Gurley (Furman)- 15.4 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 2.5 APG
The SEC can be described as the basketball transfer capital for the 2021-22 season, and it all starts with the 2020-21 SEC regular-season champions. Nate Oats grabs two great players out of the portal, both being huge additions for the Tide. Starting with the backcourt, Oats grabbed a player with massive potential. Nimari Burnett only played 12 games for Chris Beard and the Red Raiders before opting out of the season. Burnett has a lot of upside in his game where he can play on and off the ball.
Nate Oats’ other addition through the transfer portal is former Furman forward, Noah Gurley. Gurley was a huge piece to the puzzle down in Greenville, South Carolina. As a junior, Gurley was a reliable starter averaging around 29 minutes per contest, and 15.4 PPG. Alabama Head Coach, Nate Oats, has made improvements to his front-court and back-court for the 2021-22 season.
Stanley Umude (South Dakota)- 21.6 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 3.0 APG
Jaxson Robinson (Texas A&M)- 2.1 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 0.3 APG
Chris Lykes (Miami)- 15.5 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 5.5 APG
Au’Diese Toney (Pittsburgh)- 14.4 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 2.3 APG
Kamani Johnson (Little Rock) 11.0 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 2.2 APG
The Arkansas basketball off-season has been one of the favorites to follow in the SEC outside of Kentucky. Head Coach Eric Musselman is going into 2021-22 with a heavy back-court. All of Arkansas’ transfers are high volume scorers in a variety of ways. One other key thing about the newcomers for the Razorbacks is that all of the guards that are coming in love rebounding. One of those guys is Stanley Umude, who really reminds me of Jordan Goodwin from Saint Louis. Eric Musselman loves aggressive guards and that is a reason why the SEC, and specifically Arkansas, is the basketball transfer capital for the 2021-22 season.
All of the guards that Eric Musselman has brought to the team for next season can shoot with high efficiency. That is not all they hold, all of the guards coming onto the Muss Bus have experience, which is a massive key to making a tournament run come March. Arkansas is a favorite to come out on top of the SEC next season.
K.D. Johnson (Georgia)- 13.5 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 1.2 APG
Desi Sills (Arkansas)- 7.5 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 1.6 APG
Wendell Green (Eastern Kentucky)- 15.8 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 5.0 APG
Zep Jasper (Charleston)- 15.6 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 2.6 APG
Walker Kessler (North Carolina)- 4.4 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 0.3 APG
Bruce Pearl has the Auburn Tigers flying under the radar in the SEC going into next season. This is why the transfer portal is so cool, you get to see some diamond in the rough type players get a chance in a power conference. K.D. Johnson, Wendell Green, and Zep Jasper all shoot near 40% from three-point land. And then Pearl lands a high-ceiling player, Walker Kessler from North Carolina. Kessler is a 7’1″ big man who can play both ends of the floor. If you are looking for a team that can make a run, look no further.
Sahvir Wheeler (Georgia)- 14.0 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 7.4 APG
Kellan Grady (Davidson)- 17.1 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 2.4 APG
CJ Fredrick (Iowa)- 7.5 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 1.9 APG
Oscar Tshiebwe (West Virginia)- 8.5 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 0.7 APG
This is why I am making the SEC the basketball transfer capital for the upcoming season. There are multiple schools getting multiple guards who can do a lot of different things with and without the basketball. Staying with Kentucky, Sahvir Wheeler is the best pick-up. After a down season for John Calipari, he recruits and lands the best passer in the SEC from last season. He also gets a load of outside shooting for next season, which was a point of emphasis for the Wildcats this off-season. The SEC is full of star power going into next season.
Rocket Watts (Michigan St)- 7.7 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 2.7 APG
Shakeel Moore (NC State)- 6.8 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 1.7 APG
DJ Jeffries (Memphis)- 9.9 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 1.9 APG
Garrison Brooks (North Carolina)- 10.2 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 1.4 APG
Just like Auburn, Mississippi State is a team that can make a sneaky run in the SEC. They won’t win the league, but they will sit close to the top in 2021-22. Head Coach, Ben Howland, has grown a very exciting roster over the off-season so far. Making additions to both the back and front-court, and also Iverson Molinar, the teams leading scorer from a year ago, is returning for his junior season. This will help out Michigan State transfer, Rocket Watts. Watts played out of position for part of his time with the Spartans, but Molinar’s ability to play both the one or two will fulfill Watts’ full potential.
Adam Miller (Illinois)- 8.3 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 0.8 APG
Xavier Pinson (Missouri)- 13.6 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 2.9 APG
Seneca Knight (San Jose St)- 9.3 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 2.0 APG
Tari Eason (Cincinnati)- 7.3 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 1.3 APG
LSU had plenty of talent leave via the Transfer Portal and NBA Draft, but Will Wade and the Tigers got plenty in return. The SEC being the basketball transfer capital of the 2021-22 season continues with LSU. Illinois transfer Adam Miller is a great addition for Will Wade. Miller is a versatile player who can play both ends of the floor very well. Another addition to this Tigers squad is former Missouri guard, Xavier Pinson. Pinson was a big part of the experience that was built at Missouri, and now he gets to take his talent and experience down to Baton Rouge.
Will Wade went heavy on the back-court in the portal. He was able to land another mid-major stud, Seneca Knight. While only playing four games with San Jose State before transferring in January, Knight averaged 9.3 PPG and 7.3 RPG as a junior. He broke out in his sophomore season where he averaged 17.1 PPG and shot 40% from the field. While he can improve on his shot with Will Wade, Knight is a great player to have. Standing at 6’7″, and 215 pounds, he has the ability to get in the paint and grab rebounds which is always a plus for a guard.
Impact the Transfers Have on the SEC
Well, based on some of the top teams in the league going into next season it seems like the transfers coming in will have plenty of positive impacts. Scrolling down the list of teams in the conference, coaches went for a lot of guards. Not just any ordinary guards, ones that can do a lot of different things if it’s with the ball in their hands or not. Some can shoot, some can pass, and some can get up with the trees and rebound. It’s all about what fits your system and it seemed like the SEC found it with very talented guards.
If someone is still wondering what league they should watch next season because it will be the best, tell them the SEC. If you do not want to watch because of teams, watch because certain players because it will be worth it. Most of these transfers will allow multiple teams from the league to make a run at the Elite Eight and beyond come March. The SEC dominated the Transfer Portal this off-season so far, which makes them the basketball transfer capital of college basketball next season.
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