2022 Ole Miss Men’s Basketball Transfer Portal Tracker
OXFORD, Miss. — The 2021-2022 Ole Miss basketball season was a rollercoaster, to say the least. As the season went on, fans saw a team filled with both injuries and illnesses, as well as flashes and frustration.
Now, Ole Miss has to piece a new team together. The Rebels’ coaching staff is looking to build off what is likely the most talented high school class in program history. The 2022 class features four prospects, three of whom are in the Top-100 as ranked by a major recruiting site.
However, nowadays you have to be able to do even more. The transfer portal is the new norm of college basketball. Last year over 1500 players decided to enter and many found new homes.
Consider this your place to be updated with all the recruiting information we can give you for Ole Miss regarding the transfer portal.
Head coach Kermit Davis has stated he is looking to add three players from the portal. With the four high schoolers coming in, this means that four players from the 2021-2022 roster will likely be processed, as Nysier Brooks has already exhausted his eligibility.
Ole Miss players who have entered the transfer portal as of April 2, 2022:
Eric van der Heijden
*NOTE: This is updated as often as I find information.
Transfer Portal Tracker: Players Available
Mark Sears – Ohio
A vastly improved player as a sophomore, Mark Sears really shined when he became the main man after Jason Preston went to the NBA last year.
This year, Sears was named to First-Team All-MAC. He more than doubled his scoring output in his sophomore year, increasing it from 8.5 to 19.7 PPG. He also vastly improved his shooting numbers while shooting 40.8% from three and 88.5% from the free throw line. In other categories, Sears averaged 6.0 RPG and 4.1 APG this year.
According to Jon Rothstein, the teams to reach out to Sears are: Auburn, LSU, Alabama, Ole Miss, Texas, Creighton, Miami, WVU, Florida, Notre Dame, Georgetown, South Carolina, Samford, and Appalachian State.”
A lefty, Sears excels as a playmaker. He is a gifted offensive scorer and has the ability to score from all three levels and will look to translate to a higher level of college basketball.
Big game from Ohio’s Mark Sears yesterday vs. Belmont. 27 points, 4 assists, and 6 boards on 10/11 shooting. Building off a strong Freshman season. pic.twitter.com/wCvOB3obUV
— Will Morris (@w_a_morris) November 10, 2021
Tristen Newton – East Carolina
Ole Miss has reached out to Tristen Newton from East Carolina. Hailing from El Paso, Newton has been a force for ECU this year as a lead guard. He was really effective with a usage rate of 27.4%. This past season Newton’s numbers exploded as he averaged 17.7 PPG, 5.0 APG, and 4.8 RPG.
According to Travis Branham of 247, several high majors have reached out to Newton. While talking to Braham, Newton mentioned the following teams: UConn, USC, Vanderbilt, Houston, Florida, Arkansas, Ohio State, Memphis, Clemson, UCF, Creighton, Stanford, UNLV Ole Miss, Wichita State, NC State, St. John’s, Colorado State, TCU, Missouri, Iowa State, SMU, Wake Forest, Maryland, LSU and Georgia.
A note to keep an eye on is that Tristen’s brother, Jawaun, also entered the portal. It has yet to be seen whether or not they are a package deal but Tristen claims that fit is the most important factor in his recruitment.
Impressive showing from Tristen Newton yesterday against Tulane.
32 points (including 5 3PTs) and came up huge down the stretch of the game to get East Carolina the win.
Some passing and shot creation flashes shown throughout the game. 6’5 lead guard to keep an eye on. pic.twitter.com/bRLFJS4BQC
— Aram Cannuscio (@AC__Hoops) January 6, 2022
Manny Bates – NC State
Bates marks the fourth player to transfer out from NC State this offseason. There were rumors of him transferring after last year, but he ended up coming back for this last season.
Unfortunately for the Wolfpack, Bates suffered a shoulder injury only one minute into the season. The result ended in him being sidelined for the rest of the year. Now, he is in the portal and has heard from a multitude of schools.
According to Justin Byerly of HoopSeen, Bates has heard from Florida, Auburn, Marquette, Ole Miss, Georgetown and Texas A&M.
Hoop Scoop Media also put out a list of schools that have reached out. This list includes Ohio State, Arkansas, Illinois, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Miami, Notre Dame, Auburn, LSU, Virginia Tech, Iowa State, Georgetown, Houston, Texas Tech, and South Carolina.
In 2020-2021, Bates was a starter for NC State. In his career, Bates averaged 2.7 BLK in an average of only 22.1 minutes per game. During that season Bates also averaged 9.8 PPG and 5.9 RPG while shooting 64% from the field.
⚜️ Available Transfer ⚜️
**2 Years of Eligibility Remaining**
— Transfer Tapes (@TransferTapes) March 30, 2022
His length, bounce, and instincts make Bates as one of the best shot blockers in the portal. A rim protector should be near the top of the needs for Ole Miss this year. He is also a smart player who could be a drop option in pick and roll coverage. Another strong suit of Bates is his ability as a rim runner.
Jeremiah Williams – Temple
24/7 High School Hoops has reported that Illinois and DePaul are the favorites to land Williams.
Ole Miss is on the list of who has reached out to Jeremiah Williams. In the past two years, Williams started 37 out of a potential 38 games for the Owls.
As a sophomore, Williams was one of the most effective players in the AAC. According to Max Feldman, Williams was the only player in the American Conference with an assist rate >30%, a block rate >2%, and a steal rate >2%.
Last season Williams averaged 9.5 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 4.3 APG, 1.4 STL, and 0.7 BLK.
According to Feldman, other schools who have reached out to Williams are: Illinois, Loyola-Chi, DePaul, Iowa St, Vandy, UGA, Santa Clara, Stanford, BYU and Pacific.
Jon Rothstein also reports that both Georgia and Vanderbilt have also reached out to Williams.
Jeremiah Williams, two-way player. pic.twitter.com/OYz4kWco2A
— Sam Cohn (@samdcohn) January 29, 2022
Justice “Juice” Hill – Murray State
Committed to LSU
Ole Miss did reach out to Juice after he entered the portal. An All-Ohio Valley conference selection and tournament MVP, Juice ultimately made the decision to follow his Coach down to LSU. On the year he averaged 13.4 PPG, 2.3 RPG, and 5.1 APG.
Jayveous McKinnis – Jackson State
It has come to my attention that McKinnis was on an official visit to Ole Miss last weekend.
It has been reported by Jake Lieberman of jalhoops.com that Ole Miss has been in touch with the potential grad transfer from Jackson State. McKinnis has been a staple of the Jackson State program.
In four seasons, McKinnis has started 99 of a potential 103 games. Over the last two seasons, the forward/center averaged a double-double in points and rebounds. In 2020-2021 he was second in the nation in rebounding with 13.2 per game.
On top of all that, the senior has earned several accolades in his Jackson State tenure. In 2018-2019 he was the conference Rookie of the Year. He is a three time All-SWAC selection and three time All-SWAC Defensive Player of the Year.
This past season McKinnis averaged 12.4 PPG, 10.3 RPG, 2.9 BLK while shooting 58% from the field. On the year he posted 14 double-doubles and posted two games with a career-high nine blocks.
According to Lieberman other schools who have reached out are: FIU, Wichita State, San Francisco, UNCW, Radford, SIU, Pepperdine, Kansas State, and Nicholls State.
The list of college freshman with seasons of 2 STL%, 2 BLK%, 30 dunks and 60 TS% includes:Zion Williamson, Anthony Davis, Ben Simmons, Lonzo Ball, Joel Embiid, Cody Zeller, Jonathan Isaac Zhaire Smith, Josh LeBlanc. Also included: Jackson State sophomore Jayveous McKinnis: pic.twitter.com/dHe6QUyoT7
— Ben Pfeifer (@bjpf_) September 17, 2019
McKinnis has an insanely high motor for the college game. His rebounding tenacity is one of the best in all of college basketball and should translate to whatever program he chooses. As a scorer, McKinnis can score with his back to the basket, or off of face-up mid-range shots.
He hits consistently from ~15 feet out on his jumpers. In the post, he uses a blend of his wide frame and leaping to power up and through defenders. With the ball in his hands, he is very direct, making one or two dribbles to the basket for a finish. He has a solid post-hook over his left shoulder.
Defensively, he can affect the game as a rim protector. A disciplined defender his size (220 but very muscular with a wide football-ish frame), he can push opposing bigs out into the mid-post. His room for improvement stems around getting more footwork and adding some counter moves in the post. With some teaching, he can be a high-energy player at the top level of college basketball.
Cam Spencer – Loyola Maryland
Ole Miss has reached out to Loyola Maryland guard Cam Spencer. A first team All-Patriot League selection in 2021-2022, Spencer led the conference in points (18.9) and steals (2.3). His 2.41 assist to turnover ratio was second in the conference.
Other schools that have been in touch are: Charleston, Clemson, Davidson, Georg Mason, Loyola Chicago, Saint Joseph’s, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, NC State, Richmond and Stanford.
⚜️ Available Transfer ⚜️
**2 Years of Eligibility Remaining**
— Transfer Tapes (@TransferTapes) March 26, 2022
As a player, Spencer was very productive in his three seasons at Loyola-Maryland. He has a tremendous feel for the game and has a way of outsmarting opponents. He has really useful ball fakes and is deceptive.
Last year Ole Miss talked a lot about adding a potential shooter, and I think the need is still there. Spencer fits that bill. He’s a career 85% FT shooter and two of three years he shot >40% from deep.
Phillip Alston – California University of Pennsylvania
An unknown to most basketball fans, Phillip Alston was a monster at the Division Two level. On the year, Alston averaged 21.0 PPG and 10.8 RPG.
According to Pittsburgh Sports Now, Alston has heard from over 40 Division One programs since entering on March 20th. He’s an athletic forward who can get out in transition. He is very strong defensively and loves to get out in transition. Alston also adds some rim protection from the four spot.
Ole Miss has appeared to be pretty aggressive with Alston. According to George Michalowski, Alston recently wrapped up a zoom call with Loyola Chicago and that Ole Miss either visited him in-person or had a zoom meeting on Monday. There hasn’t been any word on how that went.
Caleb Asberry – Texas State
After another successful year at Texas State, All-Sun Belt guard Caleb Asberry is looking for a jump up. The guard is a two-time all-conference selection (3rd Team: 2021, 1st Team: 2022) and entered the portal after leading the Bobcats to back-to-back regular season championships.
On the year Asberry averaged 13.6 PPG, 4.5 RPG, and 2.1 APG on the year.
According to PortalUpdates sources have told them that the following have reached out to Asberry: Georgetown, UAB, UTSA, Loyola Chicago, Tarleton State, App State, Wyoming, Prairie View, Oklahoma State, Wichita State, WKU, Northeastern, Tulsa, Texas, and Ole Miss.
Having another guard who can score may not be such a bad thing for Ole Miss. We saw what injuries can do and how badly the Rebels needed another ball handler or two.
Asberry could add another shooting threat as he is a solid three-point scorer. The Texas native shot 38% from behind the arc this year with an average of 2.2 makes per game.
He also fits into the Ole Miss style of play getting downhill quickly while also being very scrappy on the defensive end. Asberry really found his form in conference play where he shot 45% from beyond the arc.
Devan Cambridge – Auburn
Committed to Arizona State
The Cambridge brothers announced their commitment to Arizona State.
This past year Devan averaged 5.3 PPG and 3.6 RPG for the Tigers. With Auburn having many good big men, his playing time dipped a bit this year after he averaged 8.9 PPG last season.
After entering the portal on the 24th, it didn’t take long for Devan Cambridge to get calls. The forward from Auburn has a plan in place thought. Rumors are that Devan wants to team up with his brother, Desmond.
While at Nevada, Desmond Cambridge was a third-team All-Mountain West selection and averaged 16.2 PPG. I can’t confirm Ole Miss has spoken to Desmond but one could infer that there has been a talk about it.
According to Travis Graf of rivals here are the schools to reach out to Cambridge so far: Western Kentucky, Tennessee State, Georgia, and Ole Miss.
While only 6-6, Cambridge still can provide a team with good rim protection. A plus athlete, he has an explosive ability to block shots.
The real threat Cambridge would bring and a benefit to Ole Miss is his ability to play out in transition. Kermit Davis has spoken about wanting to get out and play faster and Cambridge certainly fits the bill of a great rim runner.
He could be very good in a similar role to Robert Allen so he can use his quick-twitch athleticism to defend and hustle all over the floor.
Noah Carter – Northern Iowa
Noah Carter has trimmed his list to five schools. The list includes Virginia Tech, Arkansas, Florida, Missouri, and Arkansas.
According to Jamie Shaw of on3.com, Ole Miss has been in contact with the junior out of Northern Iowa. In a conversation with Shaw, Carter said these schools have been in contact with him: Ole Miss, Arkansas, Virginia Tech, BYU, Oklahoma, Florida, Texas Tech, Missouri, and Marquette.
Noah Carter type of night!! 👀 pic.twitter.com/7BB0lYJLlx
— Ram’s Hoops Update (@HoopsRam) January 20, 2022
It’s important to note that Carter entered the transfer portal after last season before ultimately deciding to return back to Northern Iowa.
This past season, Carter averaged 15.0 PPG, 4.1 RPG, and 1.8 APG. He started 21 of 32 games this past season and has 35 starts in his career.
As a player, Carter brings a lot to the table as a player. He has grown a lot over his college career and brings a blend of size, skill, and athleticism that many programs will covet. He can post with his size and footwork to do both main post moves and counters, while also giving the ability to attack from a face-up.
His FT% is nice at 79% and he developed a three-point game while at Northern Iowa. There’s still some fine-tuning that needs to happen but he has some potential to be a special offensive player at a high level.
Carter will have two years of eligibility left.
Kalu Ezikpe – Old Dominion
Ole Miss has made a call to another big man in the portal. This time it is Old Dominion’s Kalu Ezikpe. After spending four years suiting up for the Monarchs, he is ready for a move. In 2020-2021, he was the team’s leading rebounder and has scored in double figures in each of the past two seasons.
Ezikpe entered the portal on Monday the 21st and since has heard from a variety of programs. According to 336 Edits, Ezikpe has heard from the following schools: Butler, Ole Miss, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, and Cincinnati.
— Mello Styles (@MelloStylesTV) March 15, 2019
There could be some big SEC interest. Ezikpe will provide teams a solid big option who can give some help in a starter or high-end bench role. He is an aggressive player on the board and can finish off baskets around the bucket.
Being really efficient around the bucket, there has been some growth in Ezikpe’s touch over his college career. He could provide some post-play down low immediately.
This past season Ezikpe averaged 11.3 PPG and 7.1 RPG. His best game of the year came in late February when he grabbed 17 points and 17 rebounds in a win over Florida Atlantic.
Erik Stevenson – South Carolina
According to 247hoops, Stevenson has a top-four of Arkansas, Auburn, West Virginia, and Creighton. On March 24th, he was on a visit to West Virginia.
The only player to start all 31 games for South Carolina, Stevenson has entered the transfer portal. He has experienced a winding road throughout his collegiate career. Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, Stevenson is now searching for his fourth school to wrap up his five-year college career, having made stops at Wichita State, Washington, and South Carolina.
Ole Miss has been amongst many schools to reach out to him after he announced that he was entering the transfer portal following Frank Martin’s dismissal from South Carolina. According to Jake Weingarten of stockrisers.com other schools in the picture are: Arkansas, West Virginia, Creighton, Auburn, Clemson, Ole Miss, Pittsburgh, Texas A&M, Cincinnati, Arizona State, and Missouri.
Wichita State G Erik Stevenson blew past two Louisiana Tech defenders for a circus up-and-under! Stevenson has 16 points off the bench. pic.twitter.com/XQBj3eigQR
— All Ball (@a11ball) November 7, 2018
It’s no secret that Stevenson will be wanted by a lot of high major programs. As a player, not many are going to bring the veteran presence and leadership that Erik does.
In his college career, he has played in 125 games and started 86 of them. In 2020, while with Wichita State, Stevenson scored 29 points against Ole Miss.
Stevenson can provide a scoring perimeter option who can it get it done in a multitude of ways. This past year he averaged 11.6 PPG, 4.7 RPG, and 2.8 APG. His ability to know his role and keep teams focused will be incredibly valuable.
Dylan Penn – Bellarmine
The MVP of the Atlantic Sun tournament and a second-team, All-ASun member, Dylan Penn entered the portal. Leading the Knights in scoring at 16.6 PPG, Penn has heard from a multitude of schools lately.
According to N.D. Kendrick of PocketCityBasketball.com the teams who have reached out to the senior include: Ole Miss, Memphis, Purdue, Vandy, Loyola Chicago, Valpo, Evansville, Cal St Ful, Western Kentucky, Oregon St, UC Riverside, Temple, SIU, App State, Georgia Tech, and Wichita St.
Penn led Bellarmine to the Atlantic Sun tournament championship; however, since the Knights are transitioning to D1 they were ruled ineligible for the NCAA tournament.
— Bellarmine Men’s Basketball (@BUKnightsMBB) March 6, 2022
A lefty scorer, Penn will provide experience to whichever team he chooses. Bringing a lot of production to the table, he knows how to adjust and score while attacking the rim, and he has a good ability to beat defenders off the dribble and create some separation.
Alex Tchikou – Alabama
As a redshirt freshman, Tchikou didn’t quite see a lot of action as a member of the Crimson Tide. Missing all of 2020-2021 with an Achilles injury, he saw action in just three games this season.
Tchikou, a four-star prospect out of high school as ranked by many major recruiting services, has connections to being coached by Julius V of SoCal Academy — where current Ole Miss commits Robert Cowherd and Amaree Abram are finishing up.
According to Travis Branham of 247Sports here is the list of schools that have reached out to Tchikou: Florida State, Xavier, USC, Washington, Arizona State, Georgetown, Wake Forest, Cincinnati, Cal, Ole Miss, Memphis, UCSB, Tennessee State, Georgia Tech and others.
At 6-foot-11, Tchikou has mismatch potential for most bigs to guard him. Incredibly skilled, he can knock down shots on the perimeter, attack off the dribble and finish with touch in the paint. He still has a lot of potential and teams are willing to bet on his playmaking potential as a stretch big.
D’Maurian Williams – Gardner Webb
After being named to the All-Big South Freshman team in 2020-2021, Williams made steady improvements in year two after being named a starter.
This season, Williams scored 14.5 PPG, 4.6 RPG, and 2.5 APG. His play earned him Second Team All-Big South honors. Ole Miss is among a list of several programs who have reached out to Williams after he entered the portal on March 22nd.
According to Jake Lieberman of ProInsight and Jalhoops.com, he says Williams has heard from the following schools: Washington State, Oregon State, Ole Miss, Utah State, Loyola Chicago, Western Kentucky, Santa Clara, and Pepperdine.
A physical scorer from the guard/wing position, Williams could bring Ole Miss another scoring option. His shot developed well as a sophomore as he increased his FT% up 12 points to over 80%.
He is a solid threat to shoot from the perimeter, averaging 2.5 3PM per game at a 39% clip. His game allows him to be a solid scorer on secondary movement who can attack if needed. He embraces contact really well and finds ways to get his shot off even when bumped.
Trevon Brazile – Mizzouri
Committed to Arkansas
Fans will remember the name, Trevon Brazile. The Ole Miss coaching staff has reached out to the freshman from Missouri who was one of the bright spots for the Tigers this year.
The Springfield native will have interest from plenty of top-25 teams and high majors. He provides a long term piece who can make a big impact anywhere he goes as he continues to develop his game.
According to @RecruitZone on Twitter these are the programs who have reached out to Trevon so far: Kentucky, Arkansas, Illinois, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Cincy and more.
The Rebels have been on the lookout for a big who can protect the rim, and Brazile had some flashes of really good shot-blocking prowess. On the year, he totaled 17 games where he notched multiple blocks. On the year, Brazile finished with 6.6 PPG, 5.1 RPG, and 1.9 BLK in 21.5 MPG.
— Ben Arnet (@BenArnetKOMU) February 27, 2022
Trevon Brazile’s fit with Ole Miss would be a solid one. With the loss of Nysier Brooks, Ole Miss needs an anchor on the interior. Brazile could help by providing weak side help to block shots and alter shots. A good transition big, Brazile could be a terror in transition. His fluid athleticism and body control were on display as the freshman threw down some crazy alley-oops.
The statistics don’t do him justice as he has the potential to break out next year. He has serious roll-man potential and could use some development in the mid-range game. He could add a versatile forward piece for any program in the country. The future is certainly bright for Brazile wherever he may end up.
Fardaws Aimaq – Utah Valley
Aimaq has since came out and said that these five schools are getting the bulk of his attention. Ole Miss was not one of those schools. According to Austin Massey of TTU247.com, Aimaq had a zoom meeting with the Texas Tech staff.
- Texas Tech
Fardaws Aimaq is the biggest name to hit the portal yet. He led the NCAA in rebounding in 2020-2021 with 15.0 RPG.
After last season, he tested the NBA Draft waters but returned to Utah Valley and had another monster year. This season, Aimaq improved his scoring (18.9 PPG) and pulled down an impressive 13.6 RPG.
Utah Valley Wolverines (7-1) win 4th OT game of #CollegeBasketball season via a massive 72-65 upset over the BYU Cougars (6-1)
— BasketballBuzz.ca 🇨🇦🏀🍁 (@basketballbuzz) December 2, 2021
The news of him entering the portal has been covered by many sites and analysts. Josh Newman of the Salt Lake Tribune reports the list of schools who have reached out to Aimaq to include: Kentucky, Gonzaga, West Virginia, Texas, Texas Tech, Florida, Virginia Tech, Texas A&M, Arkansas, Washington State, Georgia Tech, Miami, and Ole Miss.
It’s no secret that Ole Miss head coach Kermit Davis has wanted to be aggressive in his use of the transfer portal. He has looked at a lot of pieces for the Rebels’ front court, as well.
Aimaq would be a huge addition anywhere as a high-impact big man.
As a prospect, Aimaq really excels at rebounding, and he plays in the post with a back-to-the-back approach.
His best move right now is his right-handed jump hook, which he can stretch to several feet away from the hoop. He has really good touch on his jumper with a good turnaround out of the mid-post. His 72.3% from the line also supports this.
Aimaq has developed stretch potential in the last year, knocking down 20 three-point attempts last season at a 43.5% clip.
He is no slouch on the defensive end, either. His long arms and size give him good rim-protection ability, despite not having enormous block numbers.
The accolades have piled up for Aimaq, who is a two-time WAC Defensive Player of the Year, 2020-2021 WAC Player of the Year, and is a two-time First Team All-WAC selection.
Isaiah Cottrell – West Virginia
Ole Miss is among numerous schools to reach out to the versatile big who started 28 games for WVU last season.
Ethan Bock of WVSportsNow says the full list of teams reaching out to Cottrell includes: Arizona State, Arkansas, Butler, BYU, Loyola Chicago, Loyola Marymount, Montana, Ole Miss, Penn State, Seton Hall, Southern Illinois, St. John’s, Texas Tech, Utah, and UNLV.
A former top-100 recruit, Cottrell averaged 4.2 PPG and 2.8 RPG in 16.1 minutes per game last season. In his first year in Morgantown, Cottrell suffered a torn Achilles that sidelined him in December of 2020. He was cleared for activities in August this year and was tasked with playing an expanded role.
Cottrell, a native of Las Vegas, was a star for Bishop Gorman. Deciding to transfer, he teamed up with current Ole Miss player Jaemyn Brakefield at Huntington Prep in West Virginia for the 2019-2020 season. There the duo became friends, leading Prep to a 23-9 record.
— WVU Athletics Video (@wvuathleticsvid) January 8, 2022
As a player, Cottrell will bring versatility to any program he chooses. A lengthy forward who has put on weight since going to WVU, Cottrell is a good athlete with a high motor. He can play both the forward and center position.
Offensively Cottrell can be a roll-man and play with his back-to-the-basket, and he has a solid mid-range game. Defensively, he can be a rim protector; in high school at Bishop Gorman he averaged 4.3 blocks per game his junior year.
Payton Sparks – Ball State
Sparks entered his name in the portal on March 16th. Since then, the reigning MAC Freshman of the Year from Ball State has heard from numerous programs from around the country. His entrance into the transfer market is in part due to the Cardinals parting ways with their head coach, James Whitford.
In an interview with Joe Tipton of On3, Sparks says he has interest from: Texas Tech, West Virginia, Illinois, Ole Miss, Indiana, Loyola-Chicago, Cincinnati, Oklahoma, Iowa State, Wichita State, Buffalo, Jacksonville, Central Michigan, Miami (OH), Liberty, Cornell, Hofstra, College of Charleston.
The freshman hails from Winchester, Indiana where he earned multiple small-school, All-State honors and also played tennis.
In his one year in Muncie, Sparks started all 31 games for Ball State and had averages of 13.5 PPG and 8.5 RPG. Coming out of high school, Sparks had offers from several MAC schools and some “low majors.”
A traditional style big, Sparks operated mostly with his back to the basket. His jumper improved where he was able to hit the mid-range, and he is comfortable attacking after a face-up as well.
He uses a good blend of both strength and footwork on his post-game, absorbs contact very well and has a good arsenal of moves and counters. Sparks reads double teams well and knows to pass out. He is an efficient scorer with good touch, shooting 53% from the field and 70% from the line.
⚜️ Available Transfer ⚜️
**3 Years of Eligibility Remaining**
— Transfer Tapes (@TransferTapes) March 16, 2022
Jaelin Llewellyn – Princeton
Jaelin was on a visit to Alabama. The visit lasted multiple days.
Ole Miss is among a long list of people to reach out to Princeton guard Jaelin Llewellyn. The senior was named a First Team All-Ivy League selection this year alongside teammate Tosan Evbuomwan. Llewellyn was a top-five scorer in the conference after averaging 15.8 PPG. A former four-star prospect out of high school, Llewellyn had offers from multiple high majors.
Llewellyn is a crafty playmaker with the ball in his hands. A smooth guard, he will bring experience as another ball-hander to any team. He can attack well to get inside the paint while looking to find open teammates. His shooting has also improved as he knocked down 39.6% of his threes this year.
It’s interesting to note that Ole Miss looked at a guard, given who is able to come back and who they are bringing in. It will be interesting to monitor who else the Rebels look at to spot any trends.
In a text to 247sports Llewellyn named these as teams who have reached out: Alabama, Vanderbilt, Stanford, Minnesota, DePaul, Northwestern, Creighton, Western Kentucky, Clemson, West Virginia, Butler, Ohio State, UNLV, George Mason, SMU, Cincinnati, Georgetown, Iowa State, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Cal Berkeley, Arkansas, Seton Hall, Miami, Memphis, Ole Miss, Washington State, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma amongst others.
These are all within the first day of him entering the portal. A former top-100 player who has excelled taking a unique route in college, he now has the chance to make an impact at a likely power five school.
24 point outing from Jaelin Llewellyn of Princeton against UMBC yesterday.
Yes, he had a size advantage throughout, but the finishing and shooting ability shown was very impressive.
Great mechanics on his jumper, pretty release with splits of 45/39/91 on the year. pic.twitter.com/reIEBr1NKF
— Aram Cannuscio (@AC__Hoops) December 14, 2021
Kendal Coleman – Northwestern State
Committed to LSU
- 3-24-22: Coleman was reportedly on a visit to Memphis
Coleman is a walking double-double at the forward/center position. Over the course of this season, he accumulated 17. His play earned him First-Team All-Southland honors. While helping Northwestern State to a 6th place finish in the conference, Coleman averaged 15.4 PPG and 10.1 rebounds per game.
The freshman entered the portal on March 14th, but it didn’t take long for many to enter the picture.
Jeff Borzello reports the big man was receiving interest from several schools including: Texas Tech, Ole Miss, Iowa State, Marquette, Arkansas, NC State, New Mexico, Loyola Chicago, Coastal Carolina, South Alabama, Prairie View A&M, Grambling, and Southern.
Kendal Coleman played 6 games against top 50 teams at Northwestern State this season, in those 6 games he had:
43/64 from the field (67%)
All 6 games on the road https://t.co/R7zP8iTjR4
— James Young (@YoungJames59) March 15, 2022
There are a lot of attractive traits Coleman possesses that could fit into Ole Miss’s style of play. At 6-foot-8, Coleman has really good rim running potential which can help this Ole Miss group that was really efficient in transition. (Adding Abram, another downhill player, will push this more).
Coleman is a high-motor big who works tirelessly on the glass. One of his more impressive performances came against LSU where he logged 16 points and 13 rebounds. He even logged a 20-rebound performance against Southeastern Louisiana earlier this month. For a big, he has really good and explosive ability to finish above the rim.
— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) March 10, 2022
Hayden Brown – The Citadel
In an interview with Jamie Shaw of on3.com, Brown discussed which schools were standing out in his recruitment. According to that interview, the four schools were Pittsburgh, Loyola-Chicago, Wake Forest, and Georgia Tech.
Eligibility: Grad Transfer
A highly productive wing out of The Citadel, Brown is one of the top players on the market right now. An All-SoCon Second Team honoree this year (All-SoCon First Team last year), Brown is the conference’s leading rebounder and a top-five scorer in the league.
As reported by Jamie Shaw of On3.com, Ole Miss is among a list of others who have been in contact with the wing from Greer, SC.
Brown entered the transfer portal alongside the news that The Citadel parted ways with their coach, Duggar Baucom. Brown is slated to have one year of eligibility left.
A good shooter, the South Carolina product can also use his frame to attack off the bounce. A straight-line driver by nature, he has a good ability to finish around and above the rim. Despite his height, he is polished as a post player who can roll, seal, and deliver from the blocks.
Brown has received interest from Wake Forest, Iowa State, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, and Loyola-Chicago as well as Ole Miss.
In the latest KC’s Mid-Major Minute we’re highlighting @CitadelHoops star Hayden Brown.
Drop & give me 30!
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— Kevin Connors (@kevconnorsespn) January 21, 2021
Jaylan Gainey – Brown University
Committed to Florida State
Gainey took a visit to Florida State. The visit went really well and Gainey said this per on3.com
“They really treated me like family… They showed me I could be a big part of their offense and defense because my playstyle fits and translates to their entire system,”
Eligibility: Grad Transfer
Ole Miss has been in contact with Jaylan Gainey of Brown University. This was first reported by Jamie Shaw of On3. Gainey was named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year last season for a second straight season. He was one of the most efficient finishers in the country.
His 70.3% FG percentage is currently 4th in all of Division I. On the year, Gainey averaged 9.3 PTS, 6.9 RBS, 2.1 BLK in 24.4 MPG.
Gainey is an athletic leaper who can explode off the ground for both finishes above the rim and on the defensive end as a high-level rim protector. Wherever he goes he’ll provide an internal presence with his shot-blocking, rebounding, and emphatic high-flying finishes.
Since entering the portal on March 8, Gainey has heard from several high-major and mid-major programs.
“I have heard from Pittsburgh, Temple, Loyola Chicago, Loyola Marymount, Georgetown, Creighton, Iowa State, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma, Pepperdine, Georgia Tech, Appalachian State, College of Charleston, Marquette and Penn State.“
Jaylan Gainey in an interview with Travis Braham of 247Sports
It’s early for the portal, but he is going to be a big addition for whoever lands him.
6-9 Brown grad transfer Jaylan Gainey tells @On3sports he’s heard from Creighton, Pitt, Iowa St, Temple, Loyola-Chicago, Georgetown, George Washington, Ole Miss, Clemson, Oklahoma, UNCG, St. Bonaventure, etc.
— Jamie Shaw (@JamieShaw5) March 9, 2022
Sean Durugordon – Missouri
In a text with Joe Tipton of On3.com, Missouri transfer Sean Durugordon indicates he has heard from Ole Miss.
“Xavier, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Arizona State, USF, Cincinnati, Loyola-Chicago, and Pacific have interest,” Durugordon said in the text.
A riser in his high school class rankings, Durugordon enrolled early at Missouri. He accumulated several high-major offers before eventually choosing the Tigers. The freshman struggled to find his footing in Columbia, only appearing in five games this season. Still, though, Durugordon is a wing with a lot of potential.
The first thing that pops out when you turn on the tape is his impressive athletic ability and size. He has good height and long arms. He has impressive bounce and good three-level scoring potential if he continues to work on his offensive game. His ability to slash and move off-ball makes him an intriguing offensive option.
6’6 wit a flamethrower 😂 pic.twitter.com/aVOrmWH5tC
— Sean Durugordon 💫 (@durugordon) February 11, 2022
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TJ Oxley is a current MBA student at Ole Miss after having earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Toledo. He currently covers college hoops and the NBA Draft for the Basketball Society as well as all things Ole Miss for The Rebel Walk.