NCAA Basketball: Caleb Love, Josh Cohen among top 20 tranfer pickups of the week

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NCAA Basketball Illinois Fighting Illini guard Jayden Epps Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

It’s another week in the NCAA Basketball offseason and the transfer portal is heating up, both when it comes to entrants and now departures. As expected, some quality players are now making decisions and teams are getting better.

The plan going forward is that Busting Brackets will be doing a weekly power ranking of the top transfer pickups on Monday. I did one last week and this one goes through the top pickups from April 3-10th.

Without further ado, here is my top 20 list, along with a few notable additions.

Honorable Mention: Jamile Reynolds – Temple to Cincinnati

2022-23 season stats: 10.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg 1.1 bpg

After two years without much production at UCF, the 6’9 forward was a double-digit scorer in 20 mpg. Reynolds had a few big performances, including 21 points and eight rebounds against St. John’s and 14 points and 12 rebounds versus Villanova. Assuming he’s eligible next season he adds needed depth for the Bearcats’ frontcourt in the Big 12.

HM Kowacie Reeves – Florida to Georgia Tech

2022-23 season stats: 8.5 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 0.5 apg

The 6’6 guard played under 20 mpg mostly off the bench but still had some big games, including 20 points against Ohio and 16 points versus Kentucky. The sophomore wing joins a Georgia Tech program with new head coach Damon Stoudamire, who had a successful stint at Pacific and works well with true athletes like Reeves.

HM Jayden Epps – Illinois to Georgetown

2022-23 season stats: 9.5 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 1.5 apg

The 6’1 combo guard was part of a merry-go-round of leading guards at Illinois but did have his moments as a freshman. Epps had 21 points against Monmouth and went for 17 points versus Minnesota. Georgetown has a rebuilt roster under new head coach Ed Cooley and needs guards and right now, Epps has a chance to get plenty of minutes and even start.

HM Keshon Gilbert – UNLV to Iowa State

2022-23 season stats: 11.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.2 apg

The 6’4 guard was second on the team in both scoring and passing and is a quality athlete from the Mountain West. Gilbert had a couple of streaks of double-digit scoring games, along with a career-high 25 points against Washington State. He’s an underrated shooter as well, making 38% of his three-point attempts and giving Iowa State a capable two-way athlete and impactful rotation player.

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