Every offseason, schools and fans around the country are obsessed with the transfer portal. This offseason, nearly 1800 transfers entered into the portal. Not all of those transfers found new destinations, but the ones capable of playing at the high major level have been long off the board (with a few exceptions). However, not even all of those transfers are treated equally.
These are 10 transfers that transferred into the Power 6 conferences this offseason (ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac 12, SEC) that haven’t been getting the hype they deserve, and could play major roles on winning teams this upcoming season. This list is in no particular order.
Isaac Traudt- Creighton (from Virginia)
Traudt hasn’t played a minute of college basketball yet, so it shouldn’t be a huge surprise that he’s not being talked about with the main names of the portal. However, he was a top 50 recruit in the 2022 class that spent a whole year under the coaching of Tony Bennett. Not only that, but Greg McDermott and Creighton is another elite program when it comes to developing players. To add on top of that, Traudt is in line for the starting job on a team that will be contending for a Big East, and perhaps national championship this year.
Eli Lawrence- Texas A&M (from Middle Tennessee)
Texas A&M doesn’t lose much from last year, but the addition of Lawrence might just be what they needed to fill in the gaps. The 5th year guard was a major reason that the Blue Raiders had been vastly improved the last two years. The C-USA All-Conference guard doesn’t do any one thing that stands out on the stat sheet, but does many of the little things that impact winning. He’s also not the typical mid major transfer that scores a ton of points but struggles to adjust to the high major game, so the role adjustment should be seamless.
Austin Nunez- Ole Miss (from Arizona State)
Nunez didn’t see the court a ton as a freshman, but Arizona State was a fairly old team, so that was to be expected. When Nunez did see the court however, he showed flashes of what he can bring. He is a gifted scorer who was able to make shots from inside or outside. He’s also walking into a situation where there is a path for lots of playing time. Assuming Brandon Murray will not be eligible, Nunez could see the starting job and have a chance to display his full arsenal of skills with the minutes provided.
Le’Tre Darthard- Oklahoma (from Utah Valley)
Darthard has been overlooked as a Utah Valley transfer this offseason, when it seems more attention has been going to Aziz Bandaogo and Justin Harmon. Both are good players, but Darthard also deserves to be in that mix. He was an efficient scorer, compiling a 59.1% true shooting percentage. Darthard also made his impact felt on the defensive end, as he was named a member of the WAC All-Defensive team. Oklahoma had some major roster turnover this offseason, so Darthard will have an opportunity to make his impact felt.
KyeRon Lindsay- Texas Tech (from Georgia)
A main reason Lindsay got overlooked was due to the time of his transfer. He was the rare midseason transfer, leaving Georgia after 10 games played. In those 10 games, he was impressive, starting eight and averaging 6.2 points and 5.2 rebounds. He showed promise on the defensive end as well, which fits in perfectly with everything Grant McCasland is about. He has a path for some big minutes on a winning team, and as a young player still has lots of growth and development left, another area where McCasland specializes.
Payton Sparks- Indiana (from Ball State)
Sparks had a very productive two-year career at Ball State, earning two All-MAC selections and averaging 13.4 points and 8.6 rebounds. The main reason he’s been overlooked is because of the rest of Indiana’s frontcourt. The Hoosiers got a commitment from Kel’el Ware, who is extremely talented but has reported motor issues. They also got 5-star Mackenzie Mgbako and return Malik Reneau who also have lots of potential, but are relatively unproven. Sparks may be the most of a sure thing in the Hoosiers frontcourt and will provide some quality minutes.
Keshon Gilbert- Iowa State (from UNLV)
Iowa State got some impressive guards from the portal this season, but of them Gilbert has been the most overlooked. He served as a steady option for the Rebels at point guard, and should form a very good point guard duo with Tamin Lipsey. Gilbert excels on the defensive end, which fits like a glove into Iowa State’s system. The x-factor is whether Gilbert is able to get his 3-point percentage up. In non-conference last year, he shot over 50% on decent volume, but didn’t keep up the same rate in conference play.
Bryant Selebangue- Arizona State (from Tulsa)
It’s no secret how bad Tulsa was last year, but lost in that was how good Selebangue was. They only won five games, but Selebangue had 2.9 win shares. He was an efficient scorer, and also showed his ability to be an elite rebounder on both ends. He’s not going to give you the rim-protecting abilities of Warren Washington, but he’s still an impactful piece on both ends. While I don’t love Arizona State’s portal haul as a whole, Selebangue was a great add that has gotten almost no love this offseason.
Boopie Miller- Wake Forest (from Central Michigan)
A main reason for Kevin “Boopie” Miller getting underrated is that he only played four games this season, due to injury. In his freshman season in 2021-22, Miller showed the ability to be a high-level passer averaging 4.6 assists per game, although there were some turnover issues there too. He should be set to get the starting job with the Demon Deacons, being the only true point guard on the roster. Also, it’s important to note that Wake Forest’s coach is Steve Forbes, who the past few years has been the transfer whisperer, getting seemingly mediocre pickups to be high level ACC players.
Brice Williams- Nebraska (from Charlotte)
Charlotte had a strong finish to last season, capping it off by winning the CBI. Williams was a major part in that, really stepping into his own down the stretch. He has shown his ability to be a big-time scorer, with seven games of 25+ points this past season. Williams did that on efficiency too, compiling a true shooting percentage of over 60%. He has good size as well, so his transition to the high major level shouldn’t be too much of a struggle. Williams and Keisei Tominaga should form an electric scoring duo in the Big Ten.