2022 Big East Transfer Portal, Vol. 4
To all three people who read these posts, I apologize for the delay. Due to current life circumstances, I have decided to post these transfer portal updates every Friday instead of Wednesdays. With that bit of programming information out of the way, let’s get to it. Since the last installment of this series, eight more Big East players have entered the transfer portal while one player decided to ride the portal’s current back to Hinkle. The total number of players who have left the Big East this offseason now stands tall at nineteen.
UNeed Some Transfers
The greater Storrs, CT area experienced slight wind this past week, but try telling that to the fans who felt potentially dangerous turbulence within the UConn MBB program. After losing 6'1 Rahsool Diggins and 6'3 Jalen Gaffney in the last couple of weeks, 6'4 Corey Floyd Jr and 6'9 Akok Akok have now turned in their retro gear as well, and will join countless others in the portal.
Floyd Jr, who reclassified from the class of 2022 to 2021, redshirted this past season for the Huskies. Despite not stepping on the court once in ‘21/’22, fans were excited to see what the former Top-100 guard could do in ‘22/’23; minutes were projected to be plentiful due to the backcourt being depleted. Unfortunately, the athletic guard is now taking the midnight train going anywhere.
Before suffering an Achilles injury during the ‘19/’20 season, Akok, who was then a redshirt freshman, made his presence known. In 25 games that year, the 6'9 versatile forward averaged 6 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 (!!) blocks per game. Since then, Akok has been coming along slowly; appearing in 7 games during the ‘20/’21 season before playing in 23 games this past year. Expecting Akok to become the player he was pre-Achilles injury would have been asking for a lot, but merely anticipating an increase in minutes, along with production, would have given this UConn team a much-needed boost after the graduations of fellow frontcourt members 6'9 Isaiah Whaley and 6'9 Tyler Polley.
Like the little blurb above suggests, it’s vital for Dan Hurley and his staff to bring in transfers to replenish the depth that has now been lost. The Huskies gained a quality addition via the portal this past week with the arrival of 6'5 East Carolina transfer Tristen Newton. While the core of this team is talented enough to finish in the top half of the Big East, they must be surrounded by other quality role players if they wish to remain in contention.
A Golden Eagle Leaves the Nest
6'3 Greg Elliott announced his transfer from Marquette recently. The sharpshooter from Detroit spent five seasons as a Golden Eagle; redshirting the ‘18/’19 season due to an injury. Elliott played in 114 career games for Marquette, averaging 6 points and 2 boards while shooting 41% (!!) from three. Elliott had the option to return to Milwaukee by using his COVID Eligibility, but will instead play his last year of collegiate athletics elsewhere.
We Hardly Knew Ya
The most unfortunate transfers are those who fans didn’t see enough of. 6'5 Matteus Case (Providence), 6'9 Modestas Kancleris (Creighton), and 6'6 Ben Stanley (Xavier) fit this description.
Case was brought in by Ed Cooley after spending an idle year at Penn; as a reminder, Ivy League teams did not play in ‘20/’21 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 6'5 wing played in four games for the Friars this past season. Known for his shooting abilities, the redshirt freshman could not achieve a place in the rotation during a historic year for the super senior-led Providence team. Luck or not, the Friars were rolling in ‘21/’22 and clearly preferred to play their more established and seasoned players over the likes of Case.
Kancleris missed the ‘20/’21 season due to an ACL tear that he suffered in the preseason. The Lithuanian played in fourteen games this past season, averaging about two minutes per contest. With the graduations of 6'7 Ryan Hawkins, and 6'9 KeyShawn Feazell, the Bluejays needed a player or two to step up and fill those minutes left behind. Kancleris may have had a decent shot at playing his way into the rotation in ‘22/’23, but it would not have been a given. 6'8 Mason Miller, a former Top-75 freshman in ’21, is coming off a redshirt year and the arrival of 6'7 Jasen Green results in a competitive race to see who gets minutes next season.
After having a dominant year at Hampton in ‘19/’20, Stanley decided to transfer to Xavier for the ‘20/’21 season. Stanley was not ruled immediately eligible, and would suffer an ACL injury after playing four games for the Musketeers. While he may not have been looked upon to provide Travis Steele and Co. with substantial minutes/production this past season, Stanley only played in nine games for Xavier. During their NIT run, Stanley removed himself from the bench late in the game after not participating in the timeout huddles. Considering all the context above, it is no surprise that the 6'6 forward has caught the next flight out.
Walk-On’s Walking Out, Respectfully OFC
6'0 Spencer Cody of Xavier, and 6'5 Matt Garry of UConn have been beamed ladies and gentlemen. Cody appeared in three games for the Musketeers while Garry saw the court in eleven as a Husky. Thank you guys for your service and dedication. Salute.
We’re Bringing Simas Back (Yeah!)
After initially announcing his transfer from Butler, Simas Lukosius withdrew from the portal and will return to Butler for ‘22/’23. The 6'6 wing helps reestablish the Bulldogs’ talented core in Thad Matta’s inaugural season as head coach. While Butler is still two or three pieces away from serious contention, Matta’s coaching pedigree is not something to underestimate. Don’t be surprised if Butler gives top-half Big East teams a run for their money next season.
BIG EAST TRANSFER PORTAL TRACKER
- Courvoisier McCauley, DePaul — Indiana State.
- Jalen Rosemond, St. John’s
- Bryce Golden, Butler — Loyola Chicago.
- Rahsool Diggins, UConn
- Mike Parker, Butler
- Tim Ighoefe, Georgetown
- Jalin Billingsley, Georgetown
- Tyler Beard, Georgetown
- Jalen Gaffney, UConn
- Dwon Odom, Xavier — Georgia State.
- Kobe Clark, Georgetown
- Matteus Case, Providence
- Spencer Cody, Xavier
- Modestas Kancleris, Creighton
- Corey Floyd Jr, UConn
- Akok Akok, UConn
- Matt Garry, UConn
- Greg Elliott, Marquette
- Ben Stanley, Xavier