College Basketball Fans React To News That Over 1,000 Players Are Now In The Transfer Portal

There Are Now 1000 College Basketball Players In The Transfer Portal

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  • On Wednesday, it was revealed that there are now 1,000 players in the college basketball transfer portal.
  • College basketball fans were shocked to find out this was the case before the Final Four is even played.
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If you think the new Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) deals college athletes are now getting is the biggest change in college sports over the past year, you might actually be wrong.

Another change, the transfer portal rules, enacted by the NCAA back in April of 2021 might be having an even bigger effect.

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On Wednesday, it was revealed that the number of Division I men’s basketball players who have entered the transfer portal has reached 1,000.

In case you aren’t familiar, the new transfer portal allows college athletes to transfer to another school one time without being forced to sit out a year.

Greg Kampe, head coach of Oakland University men’s basketball team, says his staff is constantly checking the NCAA transfer portal now.

“We don’t look at it, we refresh it. There’s so many kids going in and we all have openings,” he told Click On Detroit.

“The center from North Carolina is in the portal. If you’re the starting center at North Carolina, what’s better than that?” he added. “Kentucky has kids in the portal, Duke has kids in the portal.”

The transfer portal is completely changing the face of college basketball

USC men’s basketball coach Andy Enfield got his team to the Elite Eight using the transfer portal. Last offseason, he went out and grabbed four key players: Tahj Eaddy from Santa Clara, Drew Peterson from Rice, Chevez Goodwin from Wofford, and Isaiah White from Utah Valley.

This year, players like Syracuse freshman Kadary Richmond, Jabri Abdur-Rahim of Virginia, Cole Swider of Villanova, Christian Bishop of Creighton, Tyon Grant-Foster of Kansas, and Khristian Lander of Indiana are just the tip of the iceberg for coaches looking to reshape their squad.

“You’re going to see roster turnover every year,” said Kampe. “You’re going to see a new kids every year, and really, you’re gonna have to cheer for your school.”

College basketball fans still aren’t quite sure what to make of these seismic changes in the game.