2022 Big East Transfer Portal, Vol. 1

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I am pleased to announce that transfer portal season is among us! Who needs the NCAA Tournament? Everyone knows that there is no such thing as madness until you have ten players transfer before April Fool’s Day; this scenario is very much a reality for Mo Williams’ Alabama State men’s basketball program, but I digress. While the thought has crossed my mind to sprinkle in some SWAC roster movement coverage on this blog (not really), this shall remain a Big East-only operation. Speaking of the Big East and beaming people into the transfer portal, we had our first Big East player announce their intent to transfer on March 21, 2022.

Courvoisier McCauley has left the Wintrust Arena folks. The 6'5 wing announced Wednesday that he will be looking for greener pastures after spending two years at DePaul. A former DII standout, McCauley announced his commitment to then-head coach Dave Leitao in 2020, and opted to stay with the Blue Demons after Leitao was replaced with Tony Stubblefield last offseason.

McCauley saw his role slightly increase from 20/21 to 21/22. This past season the true senior appeared in 29 games, starting in 2 contests, while averaging 6ppg and 2rpg in about 17 minutes. McCauley also saw his shooting percentages increase as he shot 58% from 2 and 32% from 3 in 21/22.

The highlight of the season for McCauley came when the 6'5 wing provided much-needed firepower during a span of three games in early February when 6'4 Javon Freeman-Liberty and 6'6 Javan Johnson were sidelined with injuries. During this short stint, McCauley averaged 15ppg, 3rpg, and 2spg while shooting 56% from 2, and 53% from downtown. After his heroic efforts in early February, McCauley would go on to score in double digits twice for the rest of the season.

Instead of returning to DePaul, McCauley has decided to use his additional year of eligibility due to the COVID-19 pandemic to transfer elsewhere. The 6'5 wing will provide shooting, albeit of the streaky variety, and athleticism on the perimeter for whichever team brings him in. We wish McCauley nothing but the best moving forward. He had one helluva run as being the best named player in the Big East for two years in a row.

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