Portal Madness

With nearly 1,000 names in the transfer portal, we break down the latest player additions, rank the best available names, and note a few who's already found new program. Oh, and Kentucky's sticking with John Calipari. So, NBD.

Indiana State rallied past Cincinnati, 85-81, in the NIT quarterfinals last night. Cool to see them have some postseason success.

Let's get to Tuesday’s news.

1. Edwards, Mayo headline Tuesday’s portal entrants

There are now more than 900 names in the transfer portal after another busy day in which nearly 100 players put their names in.

And we had some notable ones.

Terrence Edwards, Jr — James Madison

This wasn’t a surprise considering James Madison coach Mark Byington just took the Vanderbilt job. It’s rare to see an impact player stick around around once a coach leaves. The Sun Belt POY just led the Dukes to an NCAA Tournament win over Wisconsin and has the type of game that’ll let him play pretty much anywhere.

The 6-foot-6 guard averaged 17.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists for the Dukes and should have a lengthy list of teams calling his phone. Expect to see the Atlanta native end up in SEC country.

Zeke Mayo — South Dakota State

Edwards isn’t the only conference POY in the transfer portal. The Summit League POY, averaged 18.8 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists on 46% shooting and 39% from 3. Mayo also scored 18 points against Iowa State in the NCAA Tournament last week.

Frankie Collins — Arizona State

One of the sport’s premier ball-thieves, Collins averaged 13.8 points and 2.6 steals for the Sun Devils in 2023-24. Collins began his career at Michigan, and will be a hot name in the portal for guard-needy teams.

Brycen Goodine — Fairfield

A former top-100 recruit in 2019, Goodine spent two seasons at Syracuse, one at Providence and the past two at Fairfield. He’s got one more season thanks to a medical redshirt. The 6-foot-4 guard averaged a career-best 13.9 points on 49% shooting and 45% from 3, including a 37-point outing against Canisius and 40 against Siena.

Lynn Kidd — Virginia Tech

As a senior, Kidd’s scoring numbers leaped from 5.0 points to 13.2 points per game on an elite 66% shooting from the floor. Kidd barely played in his first year three years, but developed into one of the ACC’s most consistent bigs.

K.D. Johnson — Auburn

Johnson saw his minutes decrease from 21.1 per game to only 17.5 minutes per game last season. He also averaged just 7.1 points — the lowest of his career on 37% shooting and 31% from 3. Where the the 6-foot-1 guard ends up will be interesting.

David Skogman - Davidson

The Wisconsin native become a key cog in Davidson’s lineup, averaging 13.3 points while shooting 55% from the field and 47% from 3. At 6-foot-10 with floor-spacing ability, Skogman could wind up filling a role for a high-major. He’s also one of the best stories of perseverance.

Micah Peavy — TCU

Peavy does a little bit of everything. The 6-foot-8 forward can handle the ball, rebound, but he’s not really a perimeter scoring threat (31% from 3). His defensive ability will make him an attractive prospect.

Connor Hickman — Bradley

The 6-foot-3 junior started 87 games in three seasons at Bradley, and averaged a career-best 14.3 points last season, while shooting 40.2% from downtown. Shooting is king, so the Bloomington native should receive no shortage of interest.

Saint Thomas — Northern Colorado

We just had a big-name transfer from Northern Colorado log an All-American season. Thomas isn’t Dalton Knecht, but he’ll wind up at a high-major. The Omaha native averaged 19.7 points, 9.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists, and earned All Big Sky first team honors.

Tony Perkins — Iowa

Perkins improved in each of his four seasons at Iowa, and finished his senior year averaging 14.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists in 34 starts. Perkins is an experienced, starting guard from the Big Ten. He’s not a good shooter, but he’ll be in demand.

Malik Mack — Harvard

The freshman is a smaller, shifty scorer who produced whether it was vs. high-major opponents or Ivy teams. Mack averaged 17.2 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.2 assists during his lone season at Harvard.

Ben Burnham — Charleston

This week Charleston lost big man Ante Brzovic and now Burnham. The 6-foot-7 forward can stretch the floor at the four. He averaged 11.9 points, 4.5 points on 37% shooting from 3.

Who are the other transfer names to watch? Check our tracker with scouting reports on the top targets.

2. Kentucky AD confirms Calipari will return

Here’s the announcement that’ll produce thousands of conversations and headlines over the next few months.

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