2022 Big East Transfer Portal, Vol. 6

Don Carey (#13): Photo by Getty Images.

It has been an eventful timeline since the last entry of the Big East Transfer Portal Tracker; a multiverse of transfer portals if you will. Since the last post, ten (!!!) new players have announced they will be leaving their respective Big East men’s basketball programs. 32 total players have left the conference this offseason. Let’s get right to it.

The Hilltop Blues

My day-to-day activities have been relatively simple since the losing streak initially began for the Georgetown men’s basketball program in December of 2021. I wipe my tears as I adjust my Georgetown fitted cap and brush the food crumbs off of my ‘95/’96 authentic Hoya shorts (pls sponsor me Mitchell & Ness) while I recite “another game, another loss.” Who knew there would be defections in the offseason following a 0–19 conference record? Not me. Despite my best efforts of being a morale booster on Hoyas Twitter (not really), two more scholarship players from Georgetown have announced their transfer recently: Don Carey and Collin Holloway.

Carey spent two seasons on the Hilltop after transferring in from Siena. The 6'5 sharpshooter proved to be an impact transfer for Patrick Ewing, and had a career year in ‘21/’22 as he averaged 13 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists per game while shooting 39% from downtown. Many expected Carey to pursue a professional career rather than utilize his additional year of eligibility, which made his decision to enter the transfer portal all the more shocking.

After finding himself in a limited role as a freshman, Holloway stepped up his production in ‘21/’22 as a sophomore. The undersized four-man averaged 9 points and 3 boards for the Hoyas this past year. Holloway, a former unranked recruit coming out of high school, proved this past season that he could be a positive contributor for a high major program in the right role. I will be personally interested in seeing where Holloway lands given his journey up until this point.

Walking the Plank

Remember when Ryan Conway was the lone outgoing transfer Seton Hall had? Man, a lot can happen when you don’t publish another Big East Transfer Portal Tracker post in a timely manner. Since then, four more players have left the program and now find themselves within the static confounds of the transfer portal. All four players can best be described as guys who had limited roles this past season.

First up, 6'5 Jahari Long announced his transfer after suffering a season-ending injury early in the ‘21/’22 season. Long was looking to carve out a role for himself in the rotation after seeing spot minutes as a freshman in ‘20/’21, but his injury halted his campaign. Next, 6'9 Jo Smith leaves Seton Hall after spending one season in South Orange. The junior college transfer was viewed as a project who could have possibly became the next serviceable big for the Pirates.

Lastly, 6'5 Brandon Weston and 6'5 Tyler Powell, the last two recruits from the 2021 freshmen class, will no longer be part of the Seton Hall men’s basketball program. Weston, a former four-star recruit, battled injuries for almost the entire season; he did appear in one game that occurred between two injuries. Powell showed promise as a big body wing in his limited role, but will look to progress his skillset elsewhere.

We Hardly Knew Ya

Deja vu anyone? Similar to Jyare Davis of yesteryear, 6'8 freshman Legend Geeter announced he will be transferring from Providence after sitting out his true freshman year. Geeter repeatedly struggled with a nagging back injury for the first half of the season. The former 3-star recruit should get a decent line of potential suitors as he was one of the better players in the state of Michigan in the Class of 2021.

A common, and unfortunate, theme in this post has been players who have dealt with a crushing injury. It’s hard to find another player in the Big East who has battled injuries more than 6'5 Bryan Antoine of Villanova. The former Top-25 prospect in the Class of 2019 could not stay healthy for extended periods of time during his three seasons as a Wildcat. As the talented wing looks for his next destination, I sincerely wish him well and good health as he continues his basketball career elsewhere.

Walk-On’s Moving On

Last, but not least, there were two walk-on’s who dialed themselves into the portal. Artemios Gavalas, the local product from New York, leaves St. John’s after appearing in seven career games for the Red Storm.

Sadly, the hits didn’t stop with the losses of Carey and Holloway for the Hoyas. Chuma Azinge, a fan favorite, announced he will be transferring from Georgetown. The 6'3 guard played in twelve games for the Hoyas over three years.

Well, there you have it everybody. Maybe one day I’ll stop falling asleep on the floor for extended periods of time and instead focus on this blog. Until that day comes, you know where to find me; on the floor near my couch, curled into a ball. Have a good week everybody.

BIG EAST TRANSFER PORTAL TRACKER

  1. Jalen Rosemond, St. John’s
  2. Bryce Golden, Butler — Loyola Chicago.
  3. Rahsool Diggins, UConn — UMass.
  4. Mike Parker, Butler
  5. Tim Ighoefe, Georgetown
  6. Jalin Billingsley, Georgetown — Eastern Michigan.
  7. Tyler Beard, Georgetown — Pacific.
  8. Jalen Gaffney, UConn — Florida Atlantic.
  9. Dwon Odom, Xavier — Georgia State.
  10. Kobe Clark, Georgetown — Southeast Missouri State.
  11. Matteus Case, Providence — William & Mary.
  12. Spencer Cody, Xavier
  13. Modestas Kancleris, Creighton — Cal State Bakersfield.
  14. Corey Floyd Jr, UConn — Providence.
  15. Akok Akok, UConn — Georgetown.
  16. Matt Garry, UConn
  17. Greg Elliott, Marquette
  18. Ben Stanley, Xavier — Old Dominion.
  19. Brycen Goodine, Providence — Fairfield.
  20. David Jones, DePaul — St. John’s
  21. Ryan Conway, Seton Hall — Towson.
  22. Legend Geeter, Providence
  23. Artemios Gavalas, St. John’s
  24. Don Carey, Georgetown
  25. Collin Holloway, Georgetown
  26. Bryan Antoine, Villanova
  27. Chuma Azinge, Georgetown
  28. Jahari Long, Seton Hall
  29. Tyler Powell, Seton Hall
  30. Brandon Weston, Seton Hall
  31. Jo Smith, Seton Hall

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