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NCAA Basketball: Why former Dayton guard Koby Brea is such a sought-after transfer

In the two most recent UConn National Championships, they had a key glue guy that was able to do everything for the team when needed, Cam Spencer in 2024 and Andre Jackson Jr. in 2023. Teams are in search of that next National Championship Glue Guy, and it's someone you probably haven't heard of.
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In modern-day NCAA Basketball, you can have all the star power in the country, but if you don't have that glue guy that holds the team together and does everything, you might be in trouble. UConn has been the perfect example the last two seasons, Andre Jackson Jr. and Cam Spencer were not the star players on the team, but they held the team together, and by the time March came, both were getting national attention. Now this year almost every team in the country has reached out to this possible glue guy in hopes he can help their National Championship pursuit, his name, Koby Brea, from Dayton.

The casual College Basketball fan most likely doesn't know who Koby Brea is and you might have not even heard of him. In the transfer portal Brea is ranked 142nd on 247 Sports, but he isn't receiving interest from schools like he is the #142 ranked player. His interest list is one of the most absurd ones I have ever seen. Duke, UConn, Kentucky, Baylor, Kansas, Arizona, Illinois, and almost every other Power 5 school in the country has reached out to Brea. So why does every team want Brea?

Koby Brea is the type of guard every program wants in today's game of basketball because of his shooting. Brea shot an absurd 49.8% from 3P this year, on 6.1 attempts this season. To go along with his shooting Brea averaged 11.1 Points, 3.4 Rebounds, and 1.2 Assists per game this year. He has won the Atlantic 10 6th Man of The Year Award in back-to-back years, and now is trying to elevate his game to the next level.

Some notable games for Brea this year include 4/8 from 3 and 14 points against Arizona, 5/9 from 3 and 15 points against Nevada, 7/10 from 3 against St. Louis, and 5/9 from 3 against Davidson. In order to win a championship in College Basketball you have to be able to shoot the 3 ball, and Brea will be a perfect plug and play in any offense. All three of the past NCAA Champions (UConn 2x, and Kansas) have been Top 75 in Team 3PT Shooting. Bringing in Brea solves a lot of shooting problems for a lot of teams, and adds an instant spark plug off the bench. Here is some film on Brea below.

As of now, I have heard the schools most involved with Brea have been UConn, Kentucky, St John's, and Kansas. All of these teams in my opinion would be great fits for Brea, but they all offer something different. With UConn, Brea would be on a back to back National Championship team, led by the best coach in CBB, with a pretty significant role on the team.

Kentucky and Mark Pope would offer Brea one of the best offensive minds in College Basketball with Pope and Brea would make an immediate impact. Kansas, which has already brought in a few guards through the portal, would offer Brea a limited role, but a key contributor on the best team going into next year. Finally, St John's, led by a legend in Rick Pitino, Brea would be able to showcase his talents every night on a Red Storm team that is trying to get back to the tournament.

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Wherever Brea ends up, I expect him to make an instant impact and be the glue guy that every National Championship Contender needs.