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NCAA Basketball Recruiting: Analyzing final 5 teams for Michigan State transfer AJ Hoggard

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Georgia Bulldogs

The Bulldogs have landed five transfers this offseason, including several perimeter players, Guys like De’Shayne Montgomery, Tyrin Lawrence, Dakota Leffew, and RJ Godfrey are more of the shooting guard/wing types than true ball-handler, which explains why they’re after Hoggard.

Georgia still has Silas Demary, who started 36 games as a freshman, averaging 9.7 ppg and 2.5 apg. The former top-100 prospect had a strong season and should remain as a starter. But would he and Hoggard be a good fit together in the backcourt? Plus, on paper, Georgia doesn’t look like an SEC contender, unless top-40 frontcourt prospects, Asa Newell and Somto Cyril can have a major impact next season.

USC Trojans

Coach Eric Musselman has done well with its transfer portal pickups, landing nine transfers. Most of them are from the mid-major ranks, with exception of former Xavier wing, Desmond Claude. Right now, the two guards most likely to run the offense are Bryce Pope and Clark Slajchert, two guys who are more shooting guards than true points.

USC has been looking for a point guard to round out the roster, including Kentucky transfer, DJ Wagner. Assuming that doesn’t work out, landing Hoggard would be the next best thing. Plus, he’d get a chance for a revenge matchup with Michigan State in Big Ten play.