The 2021 class of Junior College transfers has a lot of talent coming to NCAA Basketball programs. Some notable names include El Ellis (Louisville), Chris Payton (Pittsburgh), Jamarion Sharp (Western Kentucky), and Dashawn Davis (Oregon State). But at least among the frontcourt players, I would argue that Sydney Curry is the best big man of the entire incoming group.
At 6’9 and around 260 pounds, Curry is a physical big man with plenty of offensive skills inside. He was outstanding at the JUCO level for John Logan College in Illinois, averaging around 14 and 8 as a freshman, and had similar numbers this past season. They may not seem as dominant but Curry was surrounded by several other D-I prospects on the roster, which limits what he can produce.
However, Curry still shot nearly 70% from the field and was near automatic once down low one-on-one. He was a big-time recruit last Fall and had several power conference offers but it was the Kansas Jayhawks that got his signature.
That was until recently, as the top-tier JUCO transfer decided to re-open his recruitment. The roster structure may have played a part of it, as the Jayhawks were loaded in the frontcourt with David McCormack, Jalen Wilson, D-II transfer Cam Martin, and 6th-year senior Mitch Lightfoot already around.
So now, Curry becomes one of the top available big men for the upcoming season. He also has three years of eligibility due to the extra year given by the NCAA. There are plenty of teams still needing a big man; here are eight to potentially keep an eye on.