Emoni Bates and Tyrese Hunter among Andy Katz’s best transfers

By Andy Katz
FOX Sports College Basketball Analyst

college basketballThe transfer portal continues to heat up in the final weeks before the May 1 deadline for immediate eligibility for fall and winter sports.

Of course, there is the possibility of appeals and waivers if student athletes miss the deadline, and I’m sure some will because they have until June 1 to opt out of the 2022 NBA draft. The portal’s next phase should probably be to align it with the draft deadline — but that won’t happen this spring.

Last week, we took a snapshot of which teams helped each other the most by landing new faces through the portal. This list continues to evolve as players choose their destinations. So for this week, we are ranking the best players on the portal. This includes those who have already chosen a new school, as well as those who are still deciding on their next home.

Here’s a look at my best player transfer levels.

Memphis’ Kendric Davis tops Andy Katz’ CBB player transfer levels on Fox

Memphis' Kendric Davis tops Andy Katz' CBB player transfer levels on Fox

Andy Katz breaks down who he thinks are the transfer portal’s most desirable players. Kendric Davis’ switch to the Memphis Tigers leads to Katz’s top spot, but who else made the cut?

Level 1: The best of the best

Kendric Davis, Memphis (EMS): Penny Hardaway weakened one of the Tigers’ main rivals by winning AAC Player of the Year. Davis will step in and be an immediate star for Memphis. Despite the loss of Emoni Bates and Jalen Duren, the Tigers continue to have star power under Hardaway.

Dawson Garcia, Minnesota (North Carolina): Garcia was limited with the Tar Heels, leaving the team mid-season to deal with personal health issues with his family. He was a stallion at Marquette before being transferred to UNC. If he can get back to that form, then the Gophers have improved their forward ground considerably.

André Curbelo, St. John’s (Illinois): The Red Storm has picked up the portal’s most electrifying lead guard. Curbelo was hampered by a concussion and COVID-19 last season. But when he’s on and he’s not turning the ball over, he’s sensational. It will pair with classy alexander to give Red Storm the best backcourt in the Great East.

Tyrese Hunterto be determined (Iowa State): Hunter has yet to land at a new school. He was the Big 12 Freshman of the Year and helped the Cyclones reach the Sweet 16. He would be an immediate impact point guard wherever he finds himself next season.

Emoni Bates, TBD (Memphis): Bates is one of the most talented players at the Portal, but injuries limited his effectiveness last season. He could also choose to play overseas or in the NBA G-League.

Level 2: Next in line

Kevin McCullarto be determined (Texas technology): McCullar was a late addition to the transfer portal as well as entering the early NBA draft entry deadline. He might stay in the draft, but if he comes back and doesn’t end up with the Red Raiders, then someone’s going to have a physical presence that can do a bit of everything (see 17 points in the loss to Duke in the Sweet 16).

Anthony Davisto be determined (Detroit-Mercy): Davis still has one season of eligibility left and has decided to leave Detroit Mercy, where his father is the head coach, for the final year. Well, someone go see one of the top scorers in the country who never got his due. Davis has averaged 23 points per game and can get his shot in a variety of ways. It will score at a high clip wherever it lands.

Pack Nijel, Miami (FL) (Kansas State): Pack landed a lucrative six-figure NIL contract to travel to Miami. He’s an elite scorer who averaged 17 points per game for the Wildcats last season. That should translate from the Big 12 to the ACC. He fills a void for the Hurricanes, who needed a scorer in their quest for another NCAA Tournament deep run.

Kenny Loftonto be determined, (Louisiana Technology): Lofton averaged 16 and 10 and was a first-team All-Conference USA performer last season. He was instrumental in helping USA win gold at the FIBA ​​U-19 Championships in Latvia last summer. The 6ft 7in Lofton will be highly sought after during the portal process.

Level 3: Rising

Baylor Scheiermannto be determined (state of south dakota): Scheierman has become one of the hottest names on the portal after being named Summit League Player of the Year. He was a prolific scorer for the Jackrabbits and scored 18 goals in the loss to Providence in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Malachi Smithto be determined, (Chattanooga): Smith was the SoCon Player of the Year after leading the Mocs with 19.9 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. Smith could clearly play next season and make a major impact. Watching his portal process will be interesting to follow.

Joe Toussaint, West Virginia (Iowa): Toussaint would thrive playing for Bob Huggins. Think of Jevon Carter when it comes to the kind of impact Toussaint could have on Huggs. He hasn’t been used as well in Iowa, but can be a tough, sneaky, ball-peddling perimeter player. I love Toussaint’s haircut.

AJ Greento be determined, (Northern Iowa): Green is a two-time Missouri Valley Player of the Year. He declared himself for the NBA draft, but if he doesn’t hear what he wants, he will probably come back and play next season. He’s a nearly 20-point scorer and those numbers shouldn’t drop at a new destination.

Level 4: Sleepers

Mark Sear, Alabama (Ohio): The first-team All-MAC player was a 40 percent 3-point shooter. The Tide get Jahvon Quinerly back but JD Davison declared for the NBA Draft so they needed another goalie. Nate Oats, former MAC coach at Buffaloknows the value of MAC rating guards.

Tanner Holden, ohio state (Wright’s State): The Buckeyes were starved with the departures of EJ Liddell and Malaki Branham. So getting Holden to slide in the state was a must. He’s a 20-point scorer and should do well in the Big Ten.

Javon Pickett, Saint Louis (Missouri): Pickett scored 11 points per game last season at Mizzou. He’s a big, strong guard who should benefit from playing alongside Yuri Collins for the Billikens. Pickett will help SLU compete for an A-10 title next season.

Fardaw AimaqTexasTech, (Utah Valley): This is my choice of sleeper in this group. Aimaq was a double-double machine at Utah Valley – an 18/13 performer. He’s a five-year-old who will elevate the Red Raiders and fill a needed void.

In the study :

Darin Green, Florida State (UCF)

Sam Griesel, Nebraska (state of North Dakota)

Devin Carter, Providence, South Carolina

Ryan Young, Duke (North West)

Rob Phinisee, Cincinnati, Indiana

Ethan Anderson, Wyoming (USC)

Bryce Hopkins, Providence, Kentucky

Antonio Reeves, Kentucky (State of Illinois)

Brandon Johns, VCU (Michigan)

Zeb Jackson, VCU (Michigan)

Noah Locke, Providence (Louisville)

Doug Edert, Bryant (St. Pierre)

Tre Mitchell, TBD (Texas)

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