Busting Brackets

SEC Basketball: 10 most under-the-radar transfers for 2024-25 season

The SEC has plenty of incoming transfers, with many going unnoticed.
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Chris Manon, Vanderbilt 

Newly-minted Commodore head coach Mark Byington has swept through the portal, landing a total of ten transfers, according to 24/7 Sports, with this most recent commitment coming from Michigan State transfer AJ Hoggard. 

Amongst the portal-heavy class in Nashville lies Chris Manon, a 6-foot-5 guard from Cornell. Manon, who led the Big Red in scoring at 12.5 PPG while averaging 4.0 RPG and 3.0 APG, was an instrumental factor in Cornell’s 22-win season, marking their best season since 2010. Manon shot 56.4% from the field, shooting nearly 65% from two. 

According to Hoop Math, 57.6% percent of Manon’s shots were at the rim, where he finished at a 71% percent clip. Vanderbilt will look much different this season and adding a well-rounded guard who can finish at the rim is a nice start.

Igor Milicic Jr., Tennessee

A native of ​​Rovinj, Croatia, Milicic Jr. spent one year at Virginia in a limited role before catapulting into an instant-impact big at Charlotte throughout the past two seasons, averaging 12.8 PPG while leading the team in rebounds with 8.5 RPG. 

At 6-foot-10, Milicic can fill the void left by Jonas Aidoo, who departed for Arkansas, and is a stretch-five option for Rick Barnes, as he averaged nearly five three-point attempts per game, shooting at a 38% clip.

Milicic, who earned All-ACC Third-team honors last season, has the physical assets of a big man with the skillsets of playing the wing, making him a versatile piece in the lineup -- and it wouldn't be a surprise to see Barnes push for a more traditional, stretch-five role initially.