Ranking the top committed players in our college basketball transfer rankings for the 2022-23 season.
The college basketball transfer portal is in full swing. Several high-level players have already announced their intentions of joining new teams as the attention turns to the offseason.
Here are Heat Check CBB we are proud to release our college basketball transfer rankings for the 2022-23 season. While many other publications will include big boards or best transfers available, we will be updating our college basketball transfer rankings list with committed players only, giving you a full scope on how transfers fit with their new teams.
—College basketball coaching changes for 2022-23
Without further ado, let’s dive into our college basketball transfer rankings list for the 2022-23 season. As always, transfer data and information is via Verbal Commits and stats are courtesy of KenPom and Sports-Reference.
Last updated on March 26, 2022 and will be updated regularly.
College basketball transfer team rankings
|1||Iowa State||15||Tre King|
|2||Texas Tech||14||Jaylon Tyson|
|6||South Dakota||10||Paul Bruns|
|8||Coastal Carolina||8||Antonio Daye Jr.|
|9||UNC Asheville||7||Fletcher Abee|
|12||Stephen F. Austin||4||Peyton Daniels|
|14||Youngstown State||2||Brandon Rush|
|15||North Alabama||1||KJ Johnson|
College basketball transfer rankings
1. Tre King
|Previous | New||Georgetown | Iowa State|
|Height | Weight | Hometown||6-9 | 225 | Lexington, Ky.|
|Basic career stats||91 games | 76 starts|
23.5 mpg | 10.6 ppg | 5.2 rpg | 1.2 spg
-1.8 OBPM | -0.3 DBPM | 106.0 ORtg
|Awards||2019-20 All-OVC 2nd Team|
202-21 All-OVC 1st Team
King progressively improved during his three years in an Eastern Kentucky uniform. He then opted to transfer to Georgetown but didn’t meet university standards, and committed to Iowa State not long after. Given TJ Otzelberger’s remarkable success with transfers during his first season in Ames, there’s plenty of reason to believe King will be his next big hit. He’s an active defender who has a solid mid-range game on offense.
2. Jaylon Tyson
|Previous | New||Texas | Texas Tech|
|Height | Weight | Hometown||6-7 | 210 | Plano, Texas|
|Basic career stats||8 games | 0 starts|
6.9 mpg | 1.8 ppg | 1.1 rpg | .400 FG%
-5.4 OBPM | 5.2 DBPM | 88.4 ORtg
A top-30 recruit out of last year’s class, Tyson appeared in just eight games with Texas before opting to transfer to the in-state rival Texas Tech. Tyson is a lengthy wing who provides size and athleticism and proved to be a capable shot creator in high school.
3. Dain Dainja
|Previous | New||Baylor | Illinois|
|Height | Weight | Hometown||6-9 | 270 | Brooklyn Park, Minn.|
|Basic career stats||3 games | 0 starts|
3.0 mpg | 2.0 ppg | 1.0 rpg | .500 FG%
-1.5 OBPM | 0.3 DBPM | 92.6 ORtg
Dainja was a fringe top-50 recruit out of the 2020 class. He sat out the ’20-21 season and appeared in three games with Baylor this past season. A big body down low, Dainja has high potential if he can continue to condition and round out his already steady game. He should have a significant immediate role with the Illini, especially if Kofi Cockburn doesn’t return for the ’22-23 season.
4. Sam Griesel
|Previous | New||North Dakota State | Nebraska|
|Height | Weight | Hometown||6-6 | 215 | Lincoln, Neb.|
|Basic career stats||99 games | 87 starts|
29.6 mpg | 9.9 ppg | 5.6 rpg | 2.3 apg
-0.3 OBPM | 0.0 DBPM | 106.8 ORtg
|Awards||2020-21 All-Summit 2nd Team|
2021-22 All-Summit 1st Team
Griesel returns home to Nebraska after spending the previous four years in the Summit League. The two-time all-conference performer is a strong attacker who knows how to finish in the lane or get to the free-throw line. He isn’t much of a perimeter threat but he can help steer an offense with dribble drives or dump-offs near the basket. Highlights
5. Sardaar Calhoun
|Previous | New||Texas Tech | Drake|
|Height | Weight | Hometown||6-6 | 210 | Tappahannock, Va.|
|Basic career stats||33 games | 0 starts|
12.7 mpg | 4.9 ppg | 1.3 rpg | .382 3P%
1.8 OBPM | 1.8 DBPM | 107.3 ORtg
Calhoun was effective as one of the first players off the bench for Florida State during the ’20-21 season. He left for Texas Tech last spring and played sparingly before leaving the program. While he has yet to prove he can carry a significant role at the D-1 level, Calhoun was the No. 4 overall JUCO transfer from the 2020 class and held offers from several high-majors. If he’s ready, Calhoun could form a solid duo with budding star Tucker DeVries at Drake. Highlights
6. Paul Bruns
|Previous | New||North Dakota | South Dakota|
|Height | Weight | Hometown||6-4 | 190 | Jefferson, S.D.|
|Basic career stats||31 games | 24 starts|
31.2 mpg | 14.8 ppg | .369 3P%
2.5 OBPM | -2.5 DBPM | 114.5 ORtg
|Awards||2021-22 Summit Freshman of the Year|
Bruns treks south to the other Dakota in hopes of guiding Eric Henderson’s South Dakota squad to its first-ever NCAA Tournament in program history. Bruns had a phenomenal freshman year, being named the Summit League’s top rookie after tallying nearly 15 points a night while grabbing 5.7 rebounds and shooting 36.9 percent from deep. The swingman is also remarkably steady with the basketball, ranking 10th in the nation in turnover rate this season, turning it over just 27 times in 968 minutes.
7. DeAndre Gholston
|Previous | New||Milwaukee | Missouri|
|Height | Weight | Hometown||6-5 | 215 | Gary, Ind.|
|Basic career stats||68 games | 52 starts|
26.5 mpg | 12.2 ppg | 3.9 rpg
0.0 OBPM | -2.1 DBPM | 98.5 ORtg
Gholston leaves a disastrous Milwaukee team for greener pastures in Missouri. The Indiana native expects to be featured prominently in first-year coach Dennis Gates‘ offense, a former Horizon League product himself. While Gholston’s 15.3 points per game at Milwaukee are enticing, he has a sub-.400 career field-goal percentage and hasn’t shown a ton defensively. Fortunately, Gates is a fairly defensive-minded head coach who should be able to maximize Gholston’s potential. The SEC is a different world, though.
8. Antonio Daye Jr.
|Previous | New||Fordham | Coastal Carolina|
|Height | Weight | Hometown||6-3 | 200 | Durham, N.C.|
|Basic career stats||101 games | 84 starts|
29.2 mpg | 12.1 ppg | 3.8 apg | 1.8 spg
-2.6 OBPM | -0.7 DBPM | 93.4 ORtg
Daye put up big scoring numbers his last two seasons at Fordham and FIU. However, the Carolina native isn’t an outside shooting threat (career 70-of-252 from deep; .272 3P%) and recorded the most turnovers in the Conference USA in both of his last two years at FIU. Heading to a Coastal Carolina program that’s finished worse than 310th in turnover rate in four of the last five years, it’s hard to envision the ball control issues being sorted out. Highlights
9. Fletcher Abee
|Previous | New||The Citadel | UNC Asheville|
|Height | Weight | Hometown||6-3 | 180 | Morgantown, N.C.|
|Basic career stats||53 games | 53 starts|
32.3 mpg | 12.3 ppg | 2.5 rpg | .374 3P%
0.8 OBPM | -2.1 DBPM | 117.0 ORtg
|Awards||2019-20 SoCon All-Freshman|
Abee has 139 made 3-pointers in just 53 games in his D-1 career to this point. The biggest question mark is how much Abee can provide defensively to a UNC Asheville program that has struggled on that end of late but is steadily improving. He’s also making the switch from a wide-open Citadel attack that ranked 4th in tempo and 28th in 3-point attempt rate to an Asheville squad that was right around the national average in both measures this past season.
10. Wayne Bristol
|Previous | New||Howard | Georgetown|
|Height | Weight | Hometown||6-6 | 185 | Upper Marlboro, Md.|
|Basic career stats||33 games | 28 starts|
31.0 mpg | 12.5 ppg | 4.3 rpg | .400 3P%
-1.1 OBPM | -4.3 DBPM | 97.0 ORtg
|Awards||2019-20 MEAC All-Freshman|
2019-20 MEAC Rookie of the Year
Bristol is now a Hoya after a breakout freshman season with Howard during the ’19-20 campaign. He is a capable scorer with length at 6-6 and also brings plus athleticism. Bristol last played in a Division-I game on March 11, 2020, having missed the start of Howard’s shortened season in ’20-21 and then joining Georgetown in January.
11. Chauncey Hawkins
|Previous | New||St. Francis Brooklyn | Bryant|
|Height | Weight | Hometown||5-8 | 165 | Spring Valley, N.Y.|
|Basic career stats||108 games | 47 starts|
26.2 mpg | 11.7 ppg | 2.5 apg | .386 FG%
-1.6 OBPM | -1.4 DBPM | 101.2 ORtg
|Awards||2019-20 All-NEC 3rd team|
2020-21 All-NEC 2nd team
Hawkins heads to Bryant after Jared Grasso led the Bulldogs to their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 2022. While undersized at 5-8, Hawkins knows how to get to the free-throw line and is a skilled distributor who recorded a 1.94 assist-to-turnover ratio while leading the up-tempo St. Francis offense. With Bryant losing a handful of senior guards this spring, Hawkins should slide right into the Bulldogs offense that ranked 4th nationally in pace this past season. Highlights
12. Peyton Daniels
|Previous | New||Vanderbilt | Stephen F. Austin|
|Height | Weight | Hometown||6-2 | 185 | Ellenwood, Ga.|
|Basic career stats||3 games | 0 starts|
12.7 mpg | 3.0 ppg | 3.7 rpg | 1.3 apg
-6.0 OBPM | -0.5 DBPM | 68.2 ORtg
Daniels left the Vanderbilt program just three games into his freshman season. While that’s certainly a head-scratcher from the jump, Daniels is a former 3-star recruit who received a handful of high-major offers and has good tools at the lead guard position. He should be an awesome fit for a young SFA team that has a ton of long-term potential.
13. Deanthony Tipler
|Previous | New||Coastal Carolina | ETSU|
|Height | Weight | Hometown||5-10 | 175 | Ashland, Miss.|
|Basic career stats||20 games | 5 starts|
26.1 mpg | 13.4 ppg | 2.5 rpg | .410 3P%
0.6 OBPM | -1.4 DBPM | 112.5 ORtg
Tipler is one of the best shooters in the 2022 portal, knocking down 55 3-pointers in just 521 minutes in his first and only season with Coastal Carolina. He was also 85.7 percent at the line during the ’20-21 season. At 5-10, the former JUCO transfer will be responsible for running the ETSU offense, which he didn’t get a chance to do while playing alongside DeVante’ Jones at Coastal.
14. Brandon Rush
|Previous | New||Fairleigh Dickinson | Youngstown State|
|Height | Weight | Hometown||6-3 | 175 | Warrensville, Ohio|
|Basic career stats||76 games | 56 starts|
24.4 mpg | 10.8 ppg | 2.6 rpg | .356 3P%
1.0 OBPM | -3.1 DPBM | 105.1 ORtg
Rush could be a significant addition to Jerrod Calhoun‘s YSU squad if he can rediscover his perimeter stroke. During the ’20-21 season, Rush connected on 42.1 percent of his 5.8 3-point attempts per game. However, after a hefty usage bump, Rush’s 3-point clip dipped all the way to just 29.6 percent this past season. If he’s surrounded by enough offensive potency, Rush could be the right fit in the Horizon.
15. KJ Johnson
|Previous | New||Lipscomb | North Alabama|
|Height | Weight | Hometown||6-1 | 155 | Lewisburg, Tenn.|
|Basic career stats||86 games | 55 starts|
24.8 mpg | 10.0 ppg | 2.4 apg | .335 3P%
-0.4 OBPM | -2.8 DBPM | 106.6 ORtg
|Awards||2019-20 ASUN All-Freshman|
Johnson made the rare intra-conference switch by transferring to North Alabama from Lipscomb. He had a tough Year 3 after enjoying two seasons as a productive scorer. Johnson hit a combined 58 of his 158 (36.7 percent) 3-point attempts over the course of his first two seasons before shooting just 13-of-54 (24.1 percent) from deep this past season as his per-game scoring average was cut in half. North Alabama needs tons of help offensively after ranking worse than 340th nationally in 2-point percentage, 3-point percentage and adjusted offensive efficiency.
Header image courtesy of Eastern Kentucky Athletics.