The NCAA Basketball transfer portal got a new addition with Ole Miss combo forward Blake Hinson this week. Which teams could use the talented sophomore?
The Ole Miss Rebels have had quite the adventure this offseason in the NCAA Basketball transfer portal. They have landed multiple players this offseason to boost the roster, but have also lost several as well. The latest is sophomore Blake Hinson, who has been a starter for the program in the past two seasons.
Originally a three-star recruit, Hinson was a surprise impact player for Ole Miss as a freshman. He started all 31 games, averaging 8.3 ppg while producing a career-high 26 points against Mississippi State. His production increased to double figures this past season (10.1 ppg) while grabbing 4.6 rpg. Hinson’s shooting numbers dipped to under 40% from the field but there were many games where the forward was a leading contributor for the Rebels.
The roster for Ole Miss has undergone many changes this offseason, particularly in the frontcourt. Grad transfers Dimencio Vaughn and Romello White are arriving, along with Samford sit-out forward Robert Allen. And with top-40 guard Matthew Murrell set to join as well, the room at the small and power forward positions has become crowded. And don’t forget that K.J. Buffen, who plays a similar position as Hinson, is the preferred option at the four-spot due to his rebounding abilities.
Rather than risk fewer minutes and possibly being relegated to the bench as a junior, Hinson has elected to move on. Expect a ton of interest for him at the power conference level, as the 6’7 athlete can play and defend multiple positions on the court. If he can shoot the ball at a higher clip, Hinson can be an all-conference player at his next stop.
With his recruitment just beginning, the teams that will be in play haven’t been made public yet. Assuming he has to sit out for a year barring a waiver, it’ll have to be a team that knows they’ll have an open spot for Hinson to start. There are some programs in mind that fit the description. Here are 10 to potentially keep an eye on.