The transfer portal numbers grew even larger this week following an announcement from a notable college player. Hansel Emmanuel, a one-armed contributor from Northwestern State, plans to leave the program after a season.
The news comes on Monday morning, adding to the already lengthy list of potential transfers. Many around the basketball world are reacting to the recent reports.
We’re already seeing the busiest transfer season to date, with nearly 500 players having entered their names. A record number of more than 170 of those potential transfers made announcements on the first day of the new “transfer window.”
BREAKING: The portal has set a record.
173 players have gone portaling so far today.
ONE. HUNDRED. SEVENTY. THREE.
And the portal isn’t done yet. BYU’s Haochen Dong just went portaling moments ago.
Congrats, Haochen. You are No. 173 of the day.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) March 13, 2023
While all of these players have the same goal in mind (to find a new home and fit), none is as unique as Hansel Emmanuel. The Northwestern State freshman plays at the college level with just his right arm.
Emmanuel went viral prior to his college start due to his incredible ability to score in spite of his perceived setback. Take a look at one of his many highlight reels below.
Those high school highlights landed Emmanuel three-star status and a few different college offers, one of which included Memphis. He eventually landed at Northwestern State, picking the Demons over the Tigers and Bethune-Cookman.
In his lone season with the Demons, the guard averaged 1.7 points and 1.2 rebounds per game on 53.8% shooting. He played just over eight minutes a night for Northwestern State.
Now, he’ll look to take his talents elsewhere.
Many on social media quickly reacted to the news, posting clips of the basketball star’s talents and speculation of his future.
Hansel Enmanuel just announced he is entering the transfer portal 👀 @Enmanue26969041 pic.twitter.com/kytlxMDEke
— Overtime (@overtime) March 20, 2023
Hansel has announced he’s planning to enter the transfer portal. Where would you like to see him end up? pic.twitter.com/Giw7tCxRdX
— BallerTV (@BallerTV) March 20, 2023
Here is Emmanuel’s statement on the decision to leave Northwestern State.
Freshman Hansel Emmanuel will enter the Transfer Portal ❗️❗️
He is a 6’6 guard that averaged 1.7 points, 1.2 rebounds, while shooting 53.8% from the field in only 8.2 minutes per game.
Where will he end up❓ pic.twitter.com/m6oJzyLsmn
— HIGH LEVEL (@___highlevel) March 20, 2023
Hansel Emmanuel will have a choice to make this offseason. It will be interesting to see how many programs reach out to the basketball sensation.