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Big Ten Basketball: 10 most under-the-radar transfers for 2024-25 season

The Big Ten will have plenty of incoming transfers, many of whom are going unnoticed.
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Xavier Amos, Wisconsin

It may have taken longer than anticipated to land pieces from the portal given Wisconsin’s high volume of departures, but Greg Gard and the Wisconsin Badgers have done solid work to subdue those losses, and one to keep tabs on is Xavier Amos. Amos, who spent two seasons at Northern Illinois, averaged 13.8 PPG and 5.8 RPG last season, shooting nearly 50% from the field and 38.5% from three.

Likely, Amos is set to replace Tyler Wahl at the power forward spot and given his ability to be a threat from deep -- averaging over four three-point attempts per game --  he immediately brings more spacing in Wisconsin’s offense through all positions, one through five while finishing efficiently, shooting 66.3% at the rim, according to Hoop Math.

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Tyler Bilodeau, UCLA

Mick Cronin, another coach who made serious splashes in the portal, has landed the ninth-best transfer portal recruiting class in the country, according to 24/7 Sports. With notable names like Kobe Johnson (USC), Eric Dailey (Oklahoma State) and Skyy Clark (Louisville) making their way toward Westwood, one name that has swept under the radar is Tyler Bilodeau. Bilodeau, who spent the past two seasons at Oregon State, increased his scoring average from 7.0 PPG to 14.3 PPG last season, tallying nearly six RPG in nearly 30 MPG.

What makes Bilodeau so impactful is his efficiency, where he shot 53.3% from the field, shooting 70% at the rim with an effective field goal percentage of 58%, according to Hoop Math. Those numbers should translate well as the new-look Bruins prepare to enter its first season in the Big Ten.