UConn men’s basketball 2022 offseason transfer tracker

Due to the exam and the transfer portal, UConn’s men’s basketball team is experiencing the largest turnover they have ever had under head coach Dan Hurley. Isaiah Whaley and Tyler Polley moved on after their extra years of eligibility, while RJ Cole and Tyrese Martin chose not to use theirs and become pro. Combine that with the fact that guards Jalen Gaffney and Rahsool Diggins are moving, and the fact that there will only be one more recruit from 2022 to campus in Donovan Clingan, and it’s obvious that the Huskies will have to be active in the transfer portal.

With all of those departures, UConn has four open scholarships for next season.

The Hurley and Huskies will have to get a good deal of scores back through the portal to replace the hole Cole and Martin leave behind. A great man would also be nice to ease the pressure on Akok Akok and Samson Johnson, especially as Johnson continues to evolve. Hurley has been successful in picking talent from the portal – Cole and Martin are two perfect examples – and he will have to do it again for UConn to remain a challenger in the Big East next season.

Below is a list of transfers that have at least received interest from UConn. This list will be updated with more goals and current goal commitments as the offseason continues, so stay tuned for updates.

Terrance Shannon, Texas Tech

Junior, 6-foot-6 shooter

Out of the literally thousands of downloads in the portal, Shannon is rated as the best available according to EvanMiya.com. At 6-foot-6, Shannon played an important role in leading the Red Raiders’ defense, which ranked No. 1 in the country per. KenPom. He ranked just outside the top 30 in defensive Bayesian Performance Rating per Evan Miya, and would immediately transform UConn into one of the best perimeter defense teams in the country along with Andre Jackson. He also averaged 10.4 points per game last season, shooting 38.4 percent on 3-pointers in 84 attempts.

Shannon is an almost perfect fit for the needs of the Huskies, but again, his skills allow him to fit in pretty much anywhere. He has interests from several major programs, including Kentucky, North Carolina and Michigan State.

Andre Curbelo, Illinois

Sophomore, 6-foot-1 point guard

Curbelo is another much-to-be-announced transfer, which ranks No. 8 overall on EvanMiya’s rankings. Sophomore struggled with injuries this season and played in just 19 games, but was one of the nation’s best distributors as a rookie, where he was 27th in the country in assistrate. While Curbelo was up for most of the season, he managed some great performances against elite opponents – losing 20 points with six rebounds and three assists against Purdue and a 14-point, six-assist game against Iowa. Like Shannon, Curbelo was a Hurley target before committing to their respective schools, so there is already some familiarity there between UConn, Hurley and Curbelo.

Curbelo’s biggest drawback is that he fights as a 3-point shooter. He has shot 16.9 percent from deep for his career, however, on just 65 total attempts. Nevertheless, his athleticism and ball skills make him an exciting transfer that has received interest from, among others, Gonzaga, St. John’s and Notre Dame.

Antonio Reeves, Illinois State

Junior, 6-foot-6 shooter

Reeves is without a doubt one of the better clean scorers in the portal after averaging over 20 points per game for the Redbirds last season. The Chicago native also averaged 3.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game last season, shooting over 38 percent from 3-point range on over 180 attempts. While the Missouri Valley Conference is not as competitive as the Big East, Reeves’ scoring ability would almost certainly translate and should be an immediate boost to almost any offense in the country. Reeves has also received interest from DePaul, Memphis, Kentucky and North Carolina, among others

Sad Newton, East Carolina

Sophomore, 6-foot-5 point guard

Newton would serve as a very competent replacement for a UConn team that has lost so much of its backfield in the offseason. Although he is not a knockdown shooter from the depth of only 33 percent, Newton is one of the best distributors in the portal after having an average of five assists per game. match last year and finished in the top 25 nationally in assistrate, according to KenPom. He also averaged 17.7 points a game last season and was the best free-throw shooter in the American last season with 87.9 percent.

With his size and ball handling ability, Newton was able to help soften the blow at both Cole and Martin’s departures. Newton has received interest from, among others, USC, St. John’s, Memphis and Creighton.

Devin Carter, South Carolina

Freshman, 6-foot-3 shooting guard

Carter played one season with the Gamecocks averaging 9.0 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. The Miami native showed glimpses of scoring potential last season, scoring 20 or more points three times. Carter is an athletic guard of size who could handle point guard tasks in a pinch – he had four or more assists seven times last season. He has UConn in his last six along with Arkansas, Providence, LSU, Oregon and UNLV.

Courtney Ramey, Texas

Senior, 6-foot-3 shooting guard

Ramey was not often used on a talented Texas team last season, but still offers a valuable skill set for his last remaining season of eligibility. Ramey averaged 9.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 30 minutes per game. match last season and shot over 35 percent from beyond the arc. Two years earlier, Ramey shot 41.4 percent on deep shots in 116 attempts. His experience and ability to play on or off the ball offensively and is considered a strong defender by EvanMiya, who ranks him as the 17th best transfer in the portal.

Ramey has received interest from several programs, including Villanova, Marquette, DePaul, and Gonzaga.

Will Richard, Belmont

Freshman, 6-foot-5 small forward

Richard ended a fantastic first-year season with a 22-point performance for the Bruins in NIT, where Belmont fell to Vanderbilt. He averaged 12.1 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. match as a beginner and is ranked as number 15 in the country per. EvanMiya. Richard shot just 31.6 percent from beyond the arc last season, but excelled as a defender and shot 80 percent from the free-throw line. As a proven goal scorer with several years of eligibility left, Richard can provide instant offensive and long-term stability for his next program.

Richard recently paid an official visit to Florida, but has also received interest from Arizona and the Huskies.

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