NCAA Basketball: 10 early winners and losers of 2020 offseason transfer portal

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LEXINGTON, KY – DECEMBER 14: Johnny Juzang #10 of the Kentucky Wildcats (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

All NCAA Basketball is trying to use the transfer portal for their advantage this offseason. Which teams are on the positive end of the results?

It has been just a couple of years of the transfer portal being used, along with the NCAA relaxing some previous restrictions on players being able to leave their previous teams for new homes. Particularly in the NCAA Basketball world, where we’re approaching over 800 players in the portal, everyone has their own opinions about whether this is good or bad for the sport.

And when you consider the NCAA preparing to allow players the ability to transfer one time without having to sit out a season, the sport could change completely in the offseason. Whether it’s good or bad will be determined in a future date but it definitely will have the portal mean even more from a roster standpoint.

Even just a month after the premature end to the season, there have been a number of talented players enter the transfer portal. Many have already decided on their next locations, notables including Kentucky freshman guard Johnny Juzang going to UCLA, Gonzaga landing Southern Illinois guard Aaron Cook and Bowling Green transfer Justin Turner going…. back to Bowling Green after exploring his options for a couple of weeks.

There are still some big names still out there, including Purdue grad transfer Matt Haarms and Landers Nolley, formerly of Virginia Tech. Some teams who are still needing impact players for next season better hurry up, before the top transfer targets are all gone.

For this piece, I’ll be looking at the biggest winners and losers so far in this process. A lot of work has already been done but with months still ahead and possibly another wave of transfers coming, there will likely be many changes on this list. One already happened, with Marquette moving out of the “losers” section after finally landing a transfer in Ohio State transfer DJ Carton. Other teams haven’t been as lucky. Here’s a look at 20 teams who have done well, or struggled so far.

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