The list of underclassmen transferring in and out of the college basketball ranks has been growing by the day and there’s seemingly no end in sight.
The number is in the dozens for the ACC, some of whose members have made wholesale changes.
Four Georgia Tech players have showed up in the transfer portal, including 6-foot-10 Evan Cole, who played in 27 games this past season as a junior. Cole’s plans are to graduate in three years and play immediately as a graduate transfer. However, he hasn’t ruled out the possibility of returning to Georgia Tech.
In another highly unusual move, 6-foot-11 Georgia forward Rodney Howard has expressed plans to transfer to Georgia Tech, his No. 2 choice coming out of high school. That would force him to sit out the 2020-21 season unless there is a contemplated change in the NCAA transfer rules. Howard played in 24 games this past season, with two starts, and averaged 1.3 points and 1.5 rebounds.
• In another switcharoo, 6-10 Patrick Tape, who did not play for Columbia this past season in order to play immediately as a graduate transfer, announced that he is heading to Duke. Tape, who is from Charlotte, averaged 11.3 points and 5.9 rebounds for Columbia as a junior in 2018-19. After committing to Duke earlier this spring, he briefly reopened his recruiting after two weeks of contemplation, only to pick the Blue Devils.
• After earlier landing Radford guard Carlik Jones, heralded by ESPN as the top grad transfer in the country, Louisville has found him a backcourt partner in Charles Minlend, a redshirt junior this past season at San Francisco. Minlend, who is originally from the Charlotte area and played at Fork Union Military Academy, scored 1,271 points in three seasons at USF, where he 141 made 3-pointers.
• Notre Dame landed one of the nation’s top transfer prospects in Trey Wertz, a 6-4 guard who averaged 11.9 points this past season at Santa Clara. Wertz, who was once linked with Virginia , was 50-of-125 on 3-pointers in 2019-20.
• Jairus Hamilton, another Charlotte-area product, is transferring to Maryland after two years at Boston College, where he averaged 9.5 points this past season. His older brother, Jared, is transferring from BC to Georgia Southern.
The Eagles responded by taking a commitment from transfer Rich Kelley, a 6-1 guard who averaged 16.7 points this past season for Quinnipiac, where he scored more than 1,000 points in three seasons.
• New James Madison coach Mark Byington has added a transfer, 6-foot-1 guard Jalen Hodge from Lousiana-Monroe, where he played in 18 games this past season as a sophomore, nine as a starter. Hodge was familiar to Byington, who faced ULM and Hodge as Georgia Southern’s coach. ... Dwight Wilson, who averaged 9.8 points and 9.3 rebounds for JMU last season, is transferring to Ohio Univeristy.
North Cross defensive coordinator Shannon Taylor reports that Stanford is among schools that have inquired about James Jackson, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound outside linebackers on the Raiders’ 2019 VISAA state championship team. Taylor says that Jackson, who will be a senior in the fall, has nine offers, most from FCS programs. Jackson came to North Cross from Pulaski County.
• Earl Timberlake has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball for Miami. The 6-foot-6 guard is considered among top 50 prospects in the nation, and No. 1 in Maryland. He averaged 16.5 points and 10 rebounds as a senior for DeMatha .
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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