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NCAA Basketball: Top 25 team winners from 2024 transfer portal results

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18. Memphis Tigers

A year ago, Memphis had one of the best transfer classes on paper. It didn’t work out on the court in AAC play, with the team missing out on the NCAA Tournament. The top six scorers are gone, assuming that guard Caleb Mills doesn’t get an extra year of eligibility. This time around, they landed seven new transfers, including a few familiar faces to the program.

The Tigers landed three players from different AAC programs this offseason. PJ Haggerty was the top-scoring freshman in all of NCAA Basketball last season, leading Tulsa with 21.2 ppg and 5.5 rpg. The AAC Rookie of the Year will be a favorite to win Conference POY, now that he’s on a better team.

The rest of the backcourt includes Colby Rogers, who averaged 16.4 ppg and 3.4 rpg at Wichita State, while Baraka Okojie was a standout freshman point guard at George Mason. Tyrese Hunter was a starting guard for the last two years at Texas, producing 11.1 ppg and 4.1 apg.

Moussa Cisse is back to anchor the center position after playing for Memphis as a freshman, joined by Illinois transfer center, Dain Dainja. Tyreek Smith, a forward from SMU, is the other familiar face to the program. They might not be as talented as last year’s core but if nothing else, this cast is proven in the American.