Ranking the best available men’s college basketball transfers and high school recruits for 2022-23 – The Athletic

It’s free agent season in college basketball.

Well, not technically. But in the era of the free one-time transfer (as well as graduate transfers), the offseason has become a time for teams to radically rebuild their rosters. Nearly 1,700 players entered the transfer portal last year, and while those numbers may have been boosted by the pandemic, we can expect another spring and summer fraught with player movement.

Athletic is here to help you track all transactions. We rank the best uncommitted transfers and the best high school prospects, and we’ll be constantly updating this list as players come in and out of the roster. College players here are listed by class in which they will compete in the 2022-23 season. A good rule to remember with the portal: guards are always easier to find than tall ones.

Let’s go portaling (and crootin’):

1. Nijel Pack | 6 feet | second year guard | Kansas State

The pack can suit almost any team in the country. He is capable of playing in either guard position but has thrived off the ball this season alongside Markquis Nowell, allowing him to focus more on scoring. He’s one of the best knockdown shooters in the country and he can get away with it quickly, whether it’s rebounding or catching. He’s a career 42.9 percent 3-point shooter, made even more impressive by how difficult some of those shots are. Pack shouldn’t be short of suitors, considering he’s a character guy who can take shots and lead a team. He is from Indianapolis and Indiana State’s two Big Ten programs could both use a shooting guard.

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