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NCAA Basketball Recruiting: Analyzing 5 main teams for Colgate transfer Braeden Smith

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Colgate Raiders

The Raiders have been one of the most successful mid-major programs in the last decade, consistently winning the league. That would be a big sell for them to get Smith back, instead of either playing limited minutes for a good team or a lot of minutes for a bad power conference program.

Colgate is bringing back key big man Jeff Woodward but is losing starters Keegan Records and Ryan Moffatt. Still, they’d probably remain the favorites in the Patriot League again if Smtih were to return but he may either want to go back out west or simply move up a level.

Davidson Wildcats

The Wildcats lost its starting point guard to the transfer portal this offseason, as Grant Huffman left for Vanderbilt. Backup guard Angelo Brizzi also transferred out, leaving them without a true ball-handler on the roster outside of incoming freshman, Nick Coval.

With the exception of the last two years, Davidson has been one of the top teams in the Atlantic 10 Conference. They do bring back two key starters in Connor Kochera and Reed Bailey so the addition of Smith could make them a threat in the league next year and if nothing else, he’d be guaranteed to get 30+ mpg as the lead guard.