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NCAA Basketball: Jeremy Roach, Oumar Ballo among week's top transfer portal pickups

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30. Jordan Derkack - Merrimack to Rutgers

2023-24 season stats: 17.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, and 3.9 apg

The 6’6 sophomore guard was the NEC Player of the Year at Merrimack, including 11 games with 20+ points. One of them was a 34-point effort in OT against LIU, going 17/25 from the line. He’s a veteran guard that’ll add experience to the Rutgers backcourt and his ability to do a little bit of everything should allow Derkack to find a role in the rotation.

29. Jyare Davis - Delaware to Syracuse

2023-24 season stats: 17.1 ppg and 7.5 rpg 

The 6’7 forward had nine games of at least 20 points, including 29 points and 17 rebounds against Stony Brook. He doesn’t stretch the floor much (26% 3PT) but is a great athlete who rebounds well for his size. That’s what Syracuse needs, having lost Maliq Brown and Benny Williams. He and Colorado transfer Eddie Lampkin will give the Orange one of the more physical frontcourts in the ACC.

28. Jabri Abdur-Rahim - Georgia to Providence

2023-24 season stats: 12.2 ppg and 3.5 rpg

In his first full year as a starter, Abdur-Rahim posted career-high scoring numbers. He shot just 36% from the field but did make 36% of his three-point attempts, along with four games of at least 20 points. That includes a 34-point outing at Kentucky. Providence lost a ton of scoring production and the ideal scenario is that Abdur-Rahim is the natural replacement for Davonte Gaines as a top three-point scorer.