NCAA men’s basketball: Looking at the top available transfer portal players
The NCAA men’s basketball tournament Final Four is set to take place this weekend, and with other teams now looking ahead to next season, many players have entered the booming transfer portal.
With the transfer portal becoming a more popular option in recent years due to the NIL and other factors, more names should enter in the coming weeks of April. Nonetheless, the Colorado Buffaloes could be active in the portal with a couple of needs to fill following the departures of Lawson Lovering, Quincy Allen and Nique Clifford.
Let’s examine the top five players available in the transfer portal based on the recent rankings by 247Sports:
DALTON KNECHT, NORTHERN COLORADO
Nov 14, 2022; Waco, Texas, USA; Northern Colorado Bears guard Dalton Knecht (5) dribbles against Baylor Bears guard Keyonte George (1) during the first half at Ferrell Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Jones-USA TODAY Sports
Dalton Knecht is looking for a new home after spending his entire collegiate career at Northern Colorado, and the Buffs have reportedly been in contact with the Colorado native.
BRANDON MURRAY, GEORGETOWN
Mar 8, 2023; New York, NY, USA; Georgetown Hoyas guard Brandon Murray (0) goes up over Villanova Wildcats forward Eric Dixon (43) in the 1st half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Georgetown parted ways with Patrick Ewing and hired Ed Cooley, and Brandon Murray entered the portal. He finished this season averaging 13.7 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.2 assists.
JAMEER NELSON JR., DELAWARE
Delaware’s Jameer Nelson, Jr. (left) scores ahead of Northeastern’s Jahmyl Telfort in the second half of Delaware’s 81-78 win at the Bob Carpenter Center, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023.
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Jameer Nelson Jr., the son of former NBA star Jameer Nelson, averaged 20.6 PPG with 4.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists on the year and is one of the most coveted players in the portal.
TARAN ARMSTRONG, CALIFORNIA BAPTIST
California Baptist Lancers guard Reed Nottage (5), left, and California Baptist Lancers guard Taran Armstrong (1), right, talk as their team is down during the closing minutes of the second half against the California Baptist Lancers at GCU Arena on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022, in Phoenix. The Antelopes beat the Lancers 56 to 50.
Taran Armstrong is a special player, although a hidden treasure playing at California Baptist. He averaged 11.3 PPG with 4.5 rebounds and five assists this past season, and the sophomore has a bright future wherever he lands.
KEL'EL WARE, OREGON
Oregon center Kel’el Ware drags down a rebound as the Oregon Ducks host Wisconsin in the quarterfinal round of the NIT Tuesday, March 21, 2023 at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore.
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Yes, Oregon transfer Kel’el Ware is the biggest name in the portal and one of the newest. The Buffs would likely love to get involved but just look at some of the programs interested in Ware.