The NCAA transfer portal and NIL have revolutionized the landscape of college basketball, providing student-athletes with freedom and flexibility within their academic and playing careers. The portal has allowed college athletes to explore new opportunities better suited to a specific coach or program.
By entering the portal, players signal their intention to other schools and coaches across the nation to recruit them, which has allowed an increase in transfer activity over the last few years. This year, more than 170 Division I men’s basketball players entered their names into the portal on day one of its opening.
The Atlantic 10 Conference is considered one of the best mid-majors in college basketball. The league’s competitiveness continues to improve, with new talent entering through the transfer portal year after year.
It will be interesting to see how head coaches Tony Skinn (George Mason) and Ryan Odom (VCU) succeed in their first year at the helm of their programs. Six head coaches are also entering their second season this year since taking over at their schools. With several Atlantic 10 Basketball teams rebuilding, the portal can make or break a team’s roster.
Ahead of the 2023-24 season, each of the A-10’s teams has acquired new talent through the portal, except for the La Salle Explorers, Richmond Spiders, and Saint Joseph’s Hawks. Let’s look at each of the twelve programs’ best addition from the NCAA transfer portal this offseason.