Every year in the NCAA Basketball offseason, there are a few players from mid-major conferences that transfer up to bigger programs and get on bigger stages. Some recent examples include Keve Aluma (Wofford to Virginia Tech), Carlik Jones (Radford to Louisville), Wendell Green (Eastern Kentucky to Auburn), and MaCio Teague (UNC Asheville to Baylor).
There are already several mid-major players capable of making that leap but the most productive statistically is Johni Broome, a 6’10 center out of Plant City, Florida. He wasn’t a highly sought-after prospect out of high school, with not much interest from power conference programs. Broome ended up at Morehead State and had an even bigger impact than anyone expected.
In an Ohio Valley Conference that had been run by Murray State and Belmont, Morehead State came seemingly out of nowhere to win the conference tournament in 2021 and make the NCAA Tournament. Broome was the star of the team, averaging 13.8 ppg, 9.0 pg, and 1.9 blocks per game as a freshman.
The big man’s numbers took a jump as a sophomore, putting up 16.8 ppg, 10.5 rpg, and 3.9 blocks per game, good for second in the country. Broome posted up 23 double-doubles, as well as scoring a career-high 32 points in the OVC Tournament title game against Murray State, which happened to be the last game he played in an Eagles uniform.
Broome has entered the NBA Draft and could have interest, due to his size and defensive ability. But likely he’ll be back in NCAA Basketball and potentially on an even bigger stage. Where exactly, who knows but there are already a lot of programs in the mix.
Here are 10 big names I think would be ideal fits for the Morehead State transfer.