Former Creighton Blue Jay Arthur Kaluma is taking his talents to Kansas State. The 6-foot-7 forward has expressed his commitment to resume his basketball career with the Wildcats after a two-year stint with Creighton. Arthur Kaluma, who helped lead the Blue Jays to the Elite Eight in the 2023 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball tournament, was ranked as the second-best player available in the transfer portal and averaged 11.1 points and 5.7 rebounds in his stint with Creighton. Arthur Kaluma’s commitment to Kansas State was a surprise for experts who focus on NCAA betting predictions and the movements on the transfer portal.
Wildcats Get a Coveted Four-star Recruit – Arthur Kaluma
Kansas State has captured a four-star recruit in Kaluma, who had been linked to various schools – including Kentucky and Alabama – since entering the transfer portal in May. The 21-year-old, who was ranked 51st overall in the Class of 2021 prospect list, will try to lead the Wildcats to a national championship. Kansas State finished 26-10 win-loss in the 2022-23 season and made it to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight. They tried to reach the Final Four and were three points short of making it, losing to Florida Atlantic, 79-76. K-State used the transfer portal to pick up Keyontae Johnson before the 2022-23 season and went on to win the third-team All-American award.
Florida Secure Commitment of Four-star Prospect in 2024 Class
The offseason is starting to heat up as teams attempt to get highly-touted talents to play for their schools and University of Florida has secured themselves a center of the future. On Saturday, the Gators gained the nod of four-star prospect John Bol. Bol, a top-30 overall prospect in the 2024 recruiting cycle, is a boon for second-year coach Todd Golden as the young cager is the highest-rated recruit in his class. Florida beat 2022-23 NCAA men’s basketball champions Connecticut, Michigan, Missouri, Texas, USC and Wake Forest to secure his commitment to play. Bol almost joined Overtime Elite, an Atlanta-based developmental professional basketball league for 16-20-year-olds.
Currently playing for Sunrise Christian in Wichita, Kansas, Bol described Florida as a good basketball program that fits his skills, especially that he aspires to play in the National Basketball Association. He added that he selected the Gators due to the conference they play in, which is the Southeastern Conference or the SEC. The 7-foot-1 behemoth thinks that he can help the team compete in the 2024 NCAA Tournament and make it to the finals as well. Bol has positive comments for Golden, saying that he is a young and experienced coach that is a good fit for him. He feels that the 37-year-old will be able to help him develop as a player who is excellent enough to make it to the National Basketball Association. Bol is the second player who committed to Florida’s 2024 men’s basketball program after four-star guard Isaiah Brown. The big man’s commitment helps the Gators move to No26 in one of the NCAA team rankings site and third in the SEC behind Texas A&M and Auburn.
New Orleans’ Jordan Johnson Captures 2022-23 Division I Statistical Champion Award
New Orleans guard Jordan Johnson was rewarded for his outstanding 2022-23 as a Privateer. He was honored by the NCAA as the 2022-23 Division I statistical champion for Three-Point Field Goal Percentage. Johnson shot a league-leading 48.2% in the season to become the second New Orleans player in history to pick up the award behind free throw specialist Terry Gill. He made 97-of-105 foul shots and led the NCAA in free throw percentage in the 1973-74 season at 92.4%. Privateers head coach Mark Slessinger said that it is a great honor for Johnson, his family and his teammates. Slessinger paid tribute to the guard’s hard work, saying that it is a great compliment to be recognized as the top-three point shooter in college basketball. The 6-foot-1 guard led the squad in the first and second rounds of the Southland Conference Championship tournament. He scored 29 points against Houston Christian University and poured in 32 against Southeastern Louisiana. Johnson, who averaged 18 points and 3.8 assists per game in 27 matches this season, shot 93 triples which is the most three-pointers in a single season in program history. The guard has another opportunity next season as he will be among the favorites by the NCAA betting sites to win more individual accolades in the hope of gaining a March Madness stint on his senior year.
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