2024 college basketball transfer portal tracker: DJ Wagner enters

The 2023-24 men’s college basketball season has come to an end, but players and teams across the country are still having to navigate the transfer portal, which opened on March 18.

Below is a running tracker of the biggest names to enter the transfer portal during the 2024 cycle. 

This list is sure to grow in the coming days, so be sure to check back in for the latest updates! 

Former Arizona G Kylan Boswell to Illinois

Boswell, a former five-star prospect, marked one of Tommy Lloyd’s biggest recruiting victories when he committed to Arizona. In 2023-24, his first season as Arizona’s starting point guard, Boswell averaged 9.5 points, 2.3 rebounds and 3.6 assists, but struggled in the NCAA Tournament after a 20-point first-round performance against Long Beach State, scoring just five points total over the next two games as Arizona was upset by Clemson in the Sweet 16. His decision to leave for Illinois marks a homecoming for Boswell, who is about to turn 19 years old. Boswell grew up in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, before moving to Southern California after eighth grade to further his basketball development.

Former Kentucky PF/C Aaron Bradshaw to Ohio State

Bradshaw announced on social media he would commit to Ohio State, marking the first major portal get for new Buckeyes head coach Jake Diebler and the first among those leaving Kentucky after the departure of John Calipari to find a new home. The 7-foot-1 Bradshaw was a consensus five-star and top-five overall recruit in the class of 2023. He was also a McDonald’s All-American in his senior year of high school. Bradshaw played in 26 games during his true freshman season, starting 10 of them, and averaged 4.9 points and 3.3 rebounds.

Kentucky guard D.J. Wagner

A 6-foot-3, former 5-star recruit out of Camden, N.J., Wagner is jumping into the portal in the wake of head coach John Calipari opting to move on to Arkansas. Wagner started 28 games in his freshman season, averaging 9.9 points, 3.3 assists and 0.8 steals per game. He shot 41% from the field, but just 29% from 3-point range.

The former McDonald’s All-American is the son of former Memphis star DaJuan Wagner. The younger Wagner is open to returning to Kentucky and plans to meet with new Wildcats coach Mark Pope, according to 247Sports. 

Former Furman G JP Pegues to Auburn

Pegues, one of the top guards in the transfer portal, will head to Auburn to play for coach Bruce Pearl next season. Pegues averaged 18.4 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists last season for the Paladins and has one year of eligibility remaining. 

Indiana State C Robbie Avila

Avila became a viral sensation as the star of one of the best Indiana State teams since the days of Larry Bird, leading the Sycamores to the NIT title game after they narrowly and somewhat controversially were one of the last teams left out of the NCAA tournament. Avila averaged 17.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists in his breakout 2023-24 season. Avila is reportedly likely to follow former Indiana State coach Josh Schertz to Saint Louis, where Schertz took the head coaching job after the season.

Arizona C Oumar Ballo

Ballo became the star rim protector on Tommy Lloyd’s first few Arizona teams after following Lloyd from Gonzaga via the transfer portal. He started all 36 games for the Wildcats last season, averaging 12.9 points, 10.1 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game. Now a graduate transfer with one more year of eligibility, Ballo instantly becomes one of the most accomplished players in the transfer portal.

USC F Kobe Johnson to UCLA 

Johnson posted a photo of himself in a UCLA uniform on social media on April 4 after putting his name in the transfer portal on March 22. The 6-foot-6 junior guard averaged 10.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.2 steals this season at USC, where he was a two-time All-Pac-12 Defensive Team selection. He started 28 of 31 games while shooting 40% from the floor and 31% from 3-point range.

Utah G Rollie Worster

Worster, a soon-to-be fifth-year senior, spent the past three seasons at Utah. He averaged 9.9 points, 5.5 assists, 4.9 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game this season, but that was cut short after 16 games due to a leg injury.

Wisconsin G AJ Storr

Storr exited Wisconsin one year after transferring from St. John’s. He averaged a team-high 16.8 points per game for the Badgers.

Kentucky G Adou Thiero

Thiero entered the portal after his sophomore season, which saw him average 7.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game.

Oklahoma State F Eric Dailey

Dailey entered the portal after his freshman season, one that saw Oklahoma State head coach Mike Boynton get fired after seven seasons. The young forward averaged 9.3 points and 4.8 rebounds per game this season.

James Madison G Terrence Edwards

Edwards spent the first four seasons of his collegiate career with the Dukes, who reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament this season. He led James Madison in scoring, averaging 17.2 points per game. That said, its head coach, Mark Byington, left shortly after being eliminated to become Vanderbilt’s new head coach.

Iowa F Patrick McCaffery

McCaffery, son of Hawkeyes coach Fran McCaffery, has entered the transfer portal, the school confirmed Wednesday.

Patrick McCaffery has one year of eligibility remaining after starting 60 of 123 games. He was a starter for the first half of the 2023-24 season, averaged 8.9 points per game and scored a team-high 19 in the Hawkeyes’ loss at Utah in the NIT on Sunday.

McCaffery, who took 2019-20 as a redshirt season, spent his first three years in the program with his older brother, Connor. Fran McCaffery, 64, said last month that he has no plans to retire. Connor McCaffery, who graduated last year, now works for the NBA’s Indiana Pacers but remains close to Iowa in large part because his girlfriend is Hawkeyes women’s basketball star Caitlin Clark.

Pepperdine F Michael Ajayi to Gonzaga

Ajayi announced on Tuesday that he is transferring from the Waves to West Coast Conference rival Gonzaga. The 6-foot-7 wing was first-team All-WCC after averaging 17.2 points and 9.9 rebounds per game. He was also a terrific threat from the outside, averaging 47% shooting from 3-point range. Ajayi was at Pepperdine for one season, leaving after the firing of coach Lorenzo Romar.

South Carolina G Meechie Johnson

Johnson was the leading scorer of a Gamecocks team that surprised many outside observers by making its first NCAA tournament appearance in seven years in 2024. He averaged a team-high 14.1 points per game along with 4.1 rebounds and 2.9 assists in his second year at South Carolina after the Cleveland native spent his first two collegiate seasons at Ohio State. The Buckeyes’ NIL collective posted a response to the news of Johnson’s portal entry Monday, perhaps hinting at a reunion under new head coach Jake Diebler.

Rhode Island G Ray Allen III

The son of former NBA All-Star Ray Allen, the 6-foot-1 freshman guard saw just one game of action for the Rams this past season, scoring two points.

Louisville G Mike James

James, an Orlando, Fla., native, averaged 12.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game in 2023. He is expected to be among a number of departures from the Cardinals following the dismissal of head coach Kenny Payne.

Providence PFs Rafael Castro and Donovan Santoro

Neither Castro nor Santoro saw heavy minutes for Providence in head coach Kim English’s first season at the helm.

Former Louisville G Skyy Clark to UCLA

The LA native will be back home after entering the portal following Payne’s aforementioned departure from Louisville. After spending his freshman season at Illinois, Clark averaged 13.2 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game for the Cardinals in 2023-24. 

Nebraska Gs Eli Rice and Ramel Lloyd Jr.

Both backup guards are in the transfer portal shortly after the Cornhuskers’ return to the NCAA Tournament was spoiled by an opening-round exit. Rice played 17 games for Nebraska and averaged 4.2 points per game, while Lloyd missed the entire season due to injury.

Xavier Fs Abou Ousmane and Saša Ciani

Ousmane averaged 6.7 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists in his first year with Xavier after three seasons at North Texas. Ciani averaged 2.5 points and 2.9 rebounds per game in his freshman season for Sean Miller’s squad.

Former Virginia Tech G Rodney Rice to Maryland

The guard, who did not play for the Hokies past the first eight games of his freshman season, is headed back up north to Maryland, where he will play closer to home.

New Mexico G Jamal Mashburn Jr.

The son and namesake of Kentucky legend Jamal Mashburn was a key part of Richard Pitino’s Lobos teams over the past three seasons, averaging 18.2, 19.1 and 14.1 points per game after following Pitino from Minnesota via the transfer portal. Now, he becomes one of the most accomplished guards in the current portal.

Penn State G Jameel Brown

Brown averaged 10.1 minutes per game over 27 games for the Nittany Lions this season, posting 4.0 points per game.

Wisconsin G Connor Essegian

Essegian made the Big Ten All-Freshman team in 2022-23 but only averaged 7.3 minutes and 3.2 points per game in his second year with the Badgers.

Stanford G/F Andrej Stojaković

The son of former NBA star Peja Stojaković and former five-star recruit is known for being a prolific shooter like his father was. Stojaković averaged 7.8 points per game as a freshman for the Cardinal this past season.

Michigan G Dug McDaniel

McDaniel, the former four-star class of 2022 recruit who led the Wolverines in scoring this past season, is the first major entrant into the transfer portal following the dismissal of Michigan head coach Juwan Howard at the end of a dismal 2022-23 campaign for the team. McDaniel averaged 16.3 points per game, 4.7 assists per game and 3.7 rebounds per game. A Washington, D.C.-area native, McDaniel is expected to draw interest from hometown schools such as Georgetown and Maryland.

Cal G Devin Askew

Askew will be looking to play at his fourth college program with two years of eligibility remaining. He missed most of the past season due to a foot injury but averaged 15.5 points per game the year prior before a season-ending sports hernia injury in January 2023. Askew previously played at Kentucky and Texas for one season each.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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