Transfer portal places more value on early basketball tournaments | Professional

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — North Carolina State coach Kevin Keatts knows he needs to work fast to bring a team that added four transfers this season into key roles.

For college basketball coaches in the age of transfer portals, playing in an early-season tournament offers a boost in finding the right rotations, establishing roles, and forging a team’s identity. Those chances come this week with holiday events like the Maui Invitational and the Phil Knight tournaments in Oregon.

For Keatts, it’s Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas that opens Wednesday with No. 3 Kansas, No. 22 Tennessee, Wisconsin, Southern California, Dayton, BYU and Butler.

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