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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8. Vlad Goldin, Florida Atlantic

Goldin, who, unbeknownst to many, started his collegiate career at Texas Tech under Chris Beard (2020-2021), blossomed into a high-impact big man in Boca Raton under Dusty May, seemingly increasing his stats -- both offensively and defensively -- in each of his past three years with the Owls. This season was Goldin’s best season, scoring 15.7 PPG and 6.9 RPG while shooting a wildly efficient 67.3% from the field. The 7’1 big man out of Nalchik, Russia scores a high volume of his shots at the rim who can post up and play well off of pick-and-roll action. An excellent shot blocker, too, which only adds to the intrigue of where he might end up this Spring.

7. Pop Isaacs, Texas Tech

After two impressive years in Lubbock, leading the team in scoring at 15.8 PPG this year, Pop Isaacs will undoubtedly be a highly sought-after name in the portal this Spring. What is unique about Isaac’s game is his ability to be a threat from anywhere on the floor. He’s one of those players where if a team helps too much on defense or goes underneath a ball screen, it's game over. As a secondary ball handler, Isaacs played a pivotal role in Texas Tech’s offense with his high-volume role. Because of his high volume role, Isaacs has dealt with some turnover issues but the upside he possesses as a spot-up, push-the-pace type scorer makes Isaacs a big-time name in the transfer portal market.

6. Myles Rice, Washington State

There is no better story in college basketball than Myles Rice. Before last season (2022-23), Rice was diagnosed with a form of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, causing him to miss the entirety of the year during his first year in Pullman. In June of 2023, Rice’s cancer was officially in remission, and what transpired over 10 months was remarkable. Helping lead Washington State to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since the days Tony Bennett roamed the plains from 2006-2009, Rice was the heartbeat of Washington State’s season, averaging 14.8 PPG in 30+ MPG. Rice is excellent at getting to the basket and pushing the pace in transition. Rice is a silky-smooth finisher who can work to create his shot and play off of pick-and-roll action, making him one of the best true guards available in the portal.