College basketball’s transfer portal isn’t officially closed since graduate transfers can still enter and be eligible next season. But with the May 11 deadline for non-graduates to enter and play next season having passed, portal season has slowed down dramatically.
A few players are in the portal and exploring the NBA Draft simultaneously, such as Creighton forward Arthur Kaluma and Tennessee wing Julian Phillips. Then, there is the case of former North Carolina guard Caleb Love, who initially committed to Michigan but is back on the market after complications with admissions kept him from joining the Wolverines.
But, by and large, the big-name transfers have committed to their new schools. Of the 50 players in the, 41 are committed, including each of the top 10. Those rankings are merely the view of one writer, however, and do not represent a consensus view of which players will be most impactful next season.
So, for this week’s edition of the Dribble Handoff, our writers are debating the most impactful transfer of the offseason. Since former Michigan and future Kansas center Hunter Dickinson is a somewhat obvious choice, we have authorized our team to bend the criteria in whatever means necessary to come up with different answers to the question.
Hunter Dickinson, Kansas
I realize we’ve been authorized to “bend the criteria” to make a variety of answers work here, but the obvious answer to the question asked is Hunter Dickinson, a statistical monster and former All-American who should star for the team ranked first in my Top 25 And 1. Barring injuries, of course, there’s just no way to reasonably assume DIckinson won’t be anything other than awesome at KU while playing for a coach in Bill Self who understands better than most, if not better than all, how to maximize traditional bigs.
Will Dickinson average 18.5 points and 9.0 rebounds like he did last season at Michigan?
Maybe. Maybe not.
Either way, he’s likely going to be the leading scorer and rebounder for a team that looks good enough on paper to help Self secure what would be a third national championship. In fact, if somebody posted current odds on the favorite to be the Most Outstanding Player of the 2024 Final Four, my guess is that Dickinson would have to be right at the top of the list. — Gary Parrish
Cobb has Nembhard sixth on his transfer big board, but it would not shock me in the least if we check in on college hoops come Valentine’s Day and see Nembhard as the most valuable new face in a new place. Keep in mind that Gonzaga’s losing Drew Timme (a top-three player in program history) in addition Rasir Bolton and Hunter Sallis. And it’s looking like Julian Strawther is going to keep his name in the draft as well, given the likelihood he’ll hear his name picked. All of these departures set up Gonzaga to have one of its lesser-hyped seasons in recent…
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