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

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Vanderbilt Commodores

New head coach Mark Byington has rebuilt its entire roster after the coaching change, having landed eight transfers. That includes four guards, most notably, Jason Edwards of North Texas (19.1 ppg). The “ball-handler” of the group is Grant Huffman, who averaged 12.8 ppg and 5.3 apg at Davidson.

Right now, Huffman would be the starting point guard for Vanderbilt. Would that be good enough to win in the SEC? That’s not likely. Hoggard, a proven all-conference contributor, would certainly be an upgrade. But are they good enough to be better than the likes of Florida and Georgia next season?

Washington Huskies

Washington made a huge splash by landing Utah State transfer and former Mountain West Player of the Year, Great Osobor. That helps out the frontcourt, leaving the focus to be on the perimeter. They don’t have a true veteran ball-handler right now, with Butler transfer DJ Davis and Luis Kortnight being more off-guards. 

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The Huskies do have 5-star guard prospect Zoom Diallo coming in and he’s expected to play a big role. Still, having him run the offense out of the gate may be too much to ask, which explains the interest in Hoggard. But like some of the other options, is Washington good enough to compete in the Big Ten in its first season, even with Hoggard?