The transfer portal is filled with players with varying remaining eligibility. Which one-year transfer additions could have the largest impact on the 2023-24 NCAA basketball season?

There are several avenues for NCAA basketball programs to address the transfer portal. For instance, programs looking for long-term additions have the opportunity to secure players with multiple years of remaining eligibility in hopes of developing roster continuity. Others may look for a middle ground in finding players with two years left to help immediately without significant roster turnover the following year.

Then, there are the one-year “rental” transfers who head to one last destination in their battle-tested careers. These players are often among the most impactful, as they are proven talents who can be the missing piece for a team already loaded with talent. Kendric Davis and Souley Boum (among others) fit the bill a season ago, using their final seasons of eligibility to propel a program to the NCAA Tournament.

With the sights set on the 2023-24 season, which one-year transfers appear poised to have a monumental impact on the season? 

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Tylor Perry, Kansas State

Markquis Nowell and Tylor Perry are wildly different players. Perry won’t dish 8.3 assists per game for Kansas State this coming season like Nowell, for instance. One thing the two players do have in common, though, is the clutch gene. Nowell showcased his clutch abilities throughout the 2023 NCAA Tournament, and Perry features similar shot-making qualities. 

A knockdown 3-point (41.3 percent) and free throw (85.6 percent) shooter, Perry comes to play in the biggest moments. Perry ranked second nationally in dribble jump shot efficiency last season, 13th in late-clock opportunities, and 17th in long 3s (per Mike O’Donnell/Synergy). Quite frankly, there might not be a better late-game operator than Perry. The tape speaks for itself:

Perry won the C-USA Sixth Man of the Year award in 2021-22 and followed that with Player of the Year honors this past year. Averaging 17.3 points per game on the slowest team in the country is no easy feat; Perry accounted for over 25 percent of the total scoring for the Mean Green, who went 31-7. Kansas State will look much different in Year 2 under Jerome Tang, but it will still have a dynamic guard with elite closing ability.

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