The college basketball rankings have undergone significant changes after several big announcements. CBS Sports, known for its fluid early Top 25 and number 1 rankings, updates the list as NBA Draft decisions and transfers are finalized. Let’s look at the moves that have caused a shake-up in the rankings.
First was the de-commitment of former North Carolina guard Caleb Love from Michigan. After briefly pledging to play for the Wolverines, Love announced his transfer to Arizona. This move boosted the Wildcats, as they climbed five spots in the latest rankings, going from No. 21 to No. 16.
Another impactful decision came from Marquette star Olivier-Maxence Prosper, who declared that he would remain in the 2023 NBA Draft instead of returning to school. This news caused Marquette to drop three rankings, going from No. 4 to No. 7.
In addition to these moves, North Carolina entered the new college basketball transfer rankings after being previously unranked.
Speaking of Arizona, the Wildcats made a significant addition to their roster with the commitment of Caleb Love, the North Carolina transfer. Love, a former McDonald’s All-American, has two seasons of eligibility remaining and will join forces with Alabama transfer Jaden Bradley and highly regarded prospect Kylan Boswell, creating a formidable backcourt for Arizona in the 2023-24 season.
Top transfer candidates
Other notable players making moves include Max Abmas, known for his exceptional shooting skills, who will be joining the Texas Longhorns. Abmas ranks 16th all-time for made 3-pointers and is a career 38.8% shooter from beyond the arc. He adds offensive firepower to the Longhorns’ starting lineup as they look to fill the void left by leading scorer Marcus Carr.
Hunter Dickinson and Tramon Mark
Hunter Dickinson, one of the top big men in college basketball, has chosen to play for Kansas. At 7-foot-1, Dickinson is a dominant force on the block, excelling in rebounding and rim protection. With his presence, Kansas solidifies its position as a national contender for the upcoming season.
Tramon Mark, a defensive stalwart who played a crucial role for Houston, will join the Arkansas Razorbacks. Mark’s transfer brings defensive intensity, and the potential for impact plays to an Arkansas program that thrives with transfers.
LJ Cryer and Jesse Edwards
LJ Cryer, a reliable outside shooter, will be a valuable addition to the Houston Cougars. Cryer made 42.5% of his 3-point attempts at Baylor and is expected to provide an offensive spark for Houston, especially with his shooting prowess from beyond the arc.
Jesse Edwards, known for his shot-blocking and rebounding abilities, is set to impact West Virginia after playing for Syracuse. Standing at 6-foot-11, Edwards finished third in scoring, led the ACC in blocks per game, and ranked second in rebounds for the Orange in the 2022-23 season.
Kel’el Ware, a highly regarded prospect in the Class of 2022, had limited playing time during his first year at Oregon, averaging just 15.8 minutes per game. However, despite the limited action, the 7-foot center showcased his shot-blocking ability, swatting 1.3 shots per game. He also demonstrated effectiveness on offense inside the arc and showed potential as a 3-point shooter. With a crowded frontcourt at Oregon, Ware transferred to a new school where he could make an immediate impact as a rim protector and contribute offensively. Although he has three seasons of eligibility remaining, success at his new destination could lead him to explore NBA opportunities before exhausting all his college eligibility.
Ryan Nembhard, the younger brother of former standout point guard Andrew Nembhard, had an impressive 2022-23 season, averaging 12.1 points and 4.8 assists per game. He made a name for himself by winning the Big East Freshman of the Year award in the 2021-22 season. Nembhard is a true point guard with two seasons of eligibility remaining and valuable experience leading the offense for successful Creighton teams in the NCAA Tournament. His presence will be crucial for the Gonzaga Bulldogs as they aim to regain their backcourt strength lacking in recent seasons under Coach Mark Few.
Harrison Ingram, a versatile forward standing at 6-foot-8, hopes that a change of scenery will reignite the NBA Draft hype he once enjoyed as a five-star prospect from the Class of 2021. Ingram’s skill set allows him to contribute both in the paint and from beyond the arc, as he can score inside, knock down 3-pointers, and display his playmaking ability with smart passes. In his two seasons with Stanford, he averaged 10.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 3.4 assists. Improving his free-throw and 3-point shooting percentages will be crucial for Ingram as he looks to become an impactful starter for the North Carolina Tar Heels.
As the deadline for college players to withdraw from the NBA Draft approaches, this week is crucial for the 2023-24 college basketball season. Numerous players are making decisions shaping the NCAA landscape for the upcoming season.
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