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ACC Basketball: 10 early impact transfer pickups from 2023 offseason

GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA - MARCH 19: The ACC logo on the floor before the second round of the 2023 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament game between the Xavier Musketeers and the Pittsburgh Panthers at Greensboro Coliseum on March 19, 2023 in Greensboro, North Carolina. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA - MARCH 19: The ACC logo on the floor before the second round of the 2023 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament game between the Xavier Musketeers and the Pittsburgh Panthers at Greensboro Coliseum on March 19, 2023 in Greensboro, North Carolina. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) /
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Primo Spears #1 of the Georgetown Hoyas (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
Primo Spears #1 of the Georgetown Hoyas (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images) /

Primo Spears (Florida State)

Georgetown point guard Primo Spears was one of the only bright spots on a team that struggled mightily in head coach Patrick Ewing’s final year.

Spears played over 37 minutes a game for the Hoyas, and his 5.3 assists per game put him in elite company, despite not having the most talented roster surrounding him. Now he’ll head to Tallahassee to try and turn around a Seminoles team that suffered its worst season under longtime head coach Leonard Hamilton.

Spears will take over point guard duties from Caleb Mills following his transfer to Memphis, but the 6’3″ junior is more than just a distributor. In many games last year, he was Georgetown’s only source of offense, erupting for 37 in a loss at Xavier and going for over 20 points 11 times. His presence alone should improve an offense that ranked 162nd in offensive efficiency according to KenPom, a steep drop from the Seminole teams that made three straight Sweet Sixteens from 2018-21.

Whether Florida State can return to ACC prominence remains to be seen, but with Spears manning the point and fellow transfers Jamir Watkins and Josh Nickelberry in tow, the Seminoles will hope to erase last season’s abysmal showing.