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Very little action to end the month of July in the transfer portal takes us to what could be an interesting August. As summer sessions end, we may see a small boost in graduate transfers as we enter less than 100 days from tip. As for now, only seven players on our Top 300 Board remain uncommitted. Time to buckle up as we head down the home stretch of the offseason.
One of the most intriguing moves of the last week was made by former Wichita State forward Jaykwon Walton (#76). Earlier this offseason, Walton was committed to Alabama but an arrest led to his re-entry into the portal. He then made the move to sign with UCF who is entering its first year in the Big 12. Then news broke that Walton would not end up at UCF but would join a robust list of transfers heading to play for Coach Penny Hardaway at Memphis. The addition of Walton brings three-point shooting to a roster that lacked quality shotmakers in that department. Walton now joins one of the top transfer classes in the nation which includes Jahvon Quinerly (#21), Caleb Mills (#40), David Jones (#41), Jonathan Pierre (#48), Jordan Brown (#57) and Nick Jourdain (#164). The Tigers on paper look like a potential Top 25 team with much more upside if they put it all together and get good news on star forward DeAndre Williams’ eligibility.
It could not be a 2023 offseason update without news from Morgantown. With the unfortunate incident with the removal of former Head Coach Bob Huggins, the Mountaineer roster has been a hot topic this summer. Fortunately, new interim Head Coach Josh Eilert secured all of WVU’s highly regarded transfer class when guard Jose Perez (#124) rejoined the fold after a brief re-entry into the portal. He, along with Jesse Edwards (#5), Kerr Kriisa (#31), RaeQuan Battle (#122) and Omar Silverio (#213) will be tasked with righting the ship after a tumultuous offseason. Overall, you can’t ask for a better outcome from Coach Eilert’s efforts in taking over the program in what is the toughest conference in College Basketball, the Big 12.
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