Busting Brackets

NCAA Basketball: Ranking the top 25 players available in transfer portal in early April

Portal season is here. Take a look at the top players currently available.
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20. Roddy Gayle Jr., Ohio State

Gayle Jr., who averaged just 4.6 his freshman year but showed promise near the end of the 2022-23 campaign, catapulted his end-of-season success into vastly bigger role this year, averaging 13.5 PPG 4.6 RPG  and 3.1 APG on a team that dealt with a coaching change in mid-February and would find their stride, albeit a tad too late, under interim head coach Jake Diebler, whose interim tag was lifted just a month later after the strong finish. Although Gayle Jr. struggled to shoot efficiently behind the arc, Gayle’s skillset and a longer frame for a guard give him plenty of upside with his next team.

19. Adou Thiero, Kentucky

Following a limited role his freshman year in Lexington, Thiero found himself firmly in the rotation amidst a frenzy of five-star freshmen, averaging 7.2 PPG and 5.0 RPG, shooting nearly 50% from the field in just over 20 MPG. What Thiero has differently compared to other transfer portal entrants is NBA-like upside, where he could realistically find himself as a first-round pick next year in the 2025 NBA Draft. Thiero is a name to keep tabs on not only next season but in the pros, too.

18. Kevin “Boopie” Miller, Wake Forest

After spending two years at Central Michigan, Miller made an immediate impact in his lone season in Winston Salem, averaging 15.6 PPG on 46% shooting from the field while being a key factor to the dynamic guard trio of Hunter Sallis, Cameron Hildreth, and of course, Miller himself. As a versatile scorer, Miller can get downhill quickly and score off of spot-up opportunities or off of ball screens, too.