College basketball’s transfer portal is officially open.
March 13 signaled the opening of the portal, which means coaches across the country are juggling how to manage their respective rosters heading into next year, while many are also playing in postseason tournaments.
Who is already on the move, and which stars will be this year’s biggest standout transfers?
Here’s a look at the most noteworthy names to enter the transfer portal so far this offseason, by date.
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Michigan center Hunter Dickinson
Dickinson entered the transfer portal, per multiple reports, after three seasons with the Wolverines. He led Michigan in scoring and rebounding each of those seasons. The 7-foot-1 center is a graduate transfer and will be immediately eligible wherever he chooses to play next. Dickinson averaged 18.5 points on 56% shooting and nine rebounds per game this season, as Michigan finished 18-16 on the season, good for fifth in the Big Ten.
St. John’s guard Posh Alexander
Alexander hits the transfer portal after three seasons as St. John’s primary point guard. This past season, he averaged 10.2 points — a career-low — 4.2 assists, 3.9 rebounds and two steals per game while shooting 40.0/23.2/72.4. Alexander is the sixth St. John’s player to enter the portal since Rick Pitino took over as head coach last week.
UNC guard Caleb Love
Love will enter the transfer portal a year after leading the Tar Heels to the national title game. In his junior season, Love scored a career-best 16.7 points per game and averaged 2.8 assists plus 1.1 steals per game. However, his efficiency took a dip as he shot 29.9% from deep, which is a 6% drop from last season. It was also a disappointing season for North Carolina, which became the first preseason No. 1 ranked team to miss the NCAA Tournament in history.
Kentucky guard Sahvir Wheeler
One of the Wildcats’ key players from the last couple of seasons is on the move. Wheeler entered the transfer portal after starting 43 games at point guard over the last two seasons at Kentucky. Wheeler scored 10.1 points and averaged 6.9 assists per game in the 2021-22 season, helping Kentucky to a 26-8 record that season. Wheeler took a more shared role at point guard this past season, scoring 7.7 points and dishing out 5.6 assists per game before suffering a season-ending injury in February. Wheeler played at Georgia prior to transferring to Kentucky.
Syracuse guard Joseph Girard III
Syracuse’s leading scorer from this past season is also leaving the program. Girard scored 16.4 points per game in 2022-23, shooting 40.3% from the field and 38.1% from 3. The senior guard averaged at least three assists per game in each of his four seasons playing with the Orange.
Maryland guard Hakim Hart
Hart will test the NBA Draft waters while maintaining his college eligibility and entering the transfer portal. The 6-foot-8 Hart spent the past four seasons at Maryland, improving each year he was there. This past season, Hart averaged 11.4 points and 4.1 rebounds per game while leading the Terrapins to a spot in the NCAA Tournament, where they won their opening-round game before falling to No. 1 seed Alabama in the second round. The senior guard has a ton of experience under his belt, starting 85 games throughout his college career.
Utah guard Lazar Stefanovic
Stefanovic enters the portal after an impressive sophomore campaign at Utah. The 6-foot-7, 186-pound guard was a significant piece in the Utes’ playing rotation this past season, starting 15 games and averaging 10.3 points per game. Stefanovic was named to the Pac-12’s All-Freshman Team last year after averaging 7.5 points per contest. He has played in 62 games with 33 starts over the past two seasons.
Arizona guard Kerr Kriisa
Kriisa was a two-year starter during his time at Arizona and immediately becomes one of the most coveted players in the portal. The 6-foot-2 point guard averaged 9.9 points and a team-high 5.1 assists this past season, helping lead the Wildcats to a Pac-12 Tournament title. He has totaled 65 starts and 177 3-pointers during his three seasons at Arizona.
Iona guard Walter Clayton
Clayton was a star for the Gaels this past season, averaging a team-high 16.6 points per game while leading the program to a spot in the NCAA Tournament. The 6-foot-2 guard announced his intentions to enter the portal shortly after Rick Pitino left to accept the head coaching job at St. John’s. Clayton is a talented point guard who is an elite-level shooter, ranking second nationally in free-throw percentage this past season (95.3%) and second in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in 3-point field goal percentage (43.1%) en route to being named the MAAC Player of the Year this year.
Wyoming forward Graham Ike
A 6-foot-9, 255-pound big man who played the last two seasons at Wyoming, Ike will be one of the most highly-coveted players in the portal this offseason. Ike averaged 19.5 points and 9.6 rebounds per game during the 2021-22 campaign, but missed all of this year due to a right foot injury.
Providence guard Jared Bynum
Bynum will seek new opportunities elsewhere after spending his last three seasons at Providence. The 5-foot-10 senior point guard averaged 10.0 points and 4.3 assists per game this past season for the Friars. He spent his freshman year at Saint Joseph’s, averaging 11.3 points per game. The senior grad transfer has started 78 games throughout his collegiate career.
Illinois guard Skyy Clark
Clark was a highly touted prospect coming out of high school, ranked as the No. 33 recruit in the 2022 class, per 247Sports.com composite rankings. He made the decision to leave Illinois and take some time away from the sport midway through this season. He started 12 of Illinois’ first 13 games before leaving the program on Jan. 6. Clark was averaging 7.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game for the Illini before his departure for Louisville, which pursued him heavily last spring following his decommitment from Kentucky.
Notre Dame guard JJ Starling
A former five-star recruit in the 2022 class, Starling entered the transfer portal after one season in South Bend. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound guard averaged 11.2 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists for the Irish last season. He previously committed to ND over Syracuse, Northwestern, Stanford and Duke. He is now choosing the Orange over interest from a host of other programs, including Alabama, Kansas, North Carolina, UCLA, Tennessee, Auburn, Indiana and Oregon.
Temple guard Khalif Battle
Battle’s entry into the transfer portal was expected as he missed the final five games of the season for personal reasons. The 6-foot-5, 175-pound guard averaged a team-high 17.9 points per game, which should make him an appealing commodity. Battle began his college career at Butler before transferring to Temple ahead of the 2020 campaign. He was a four-star prospect coming out of high school and the No. 99 ranked prospect in the 2019 recruiting class.
TCU center Eddie Lampkin Jr.
Lampkin left the Horned Frogs on March 8 to deal with personal matters. He officially entered the transfer portal after averaging 6.3 points and 5.9 rebounds per game this past season for TCU. Lampkin was a former three-star recruit in the 2020 class.
Georgetown guard Primo Spears
Spears will test the NBA Draft waters but intends to return to school and enter the transfer portal. The sophomore guard began his college career at Duquesne and then spent the past season at Georgetown. He averaged 16.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game for the Hoyas.
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