NCAA Basketball News and Notes: Anei Enters Transfer Portal

Even though it has a postseason ban for next year, the Oklahoma State men’s basketball team was setting up for a nice season. The Cowboys had the best overall recruit in Cade Cunningham, as well as key players Isaac Likekele and Yor Anei coming back.

Both Likekele and Anei decided to enter the transfer portal. Luckily for the Cowboys, Likekele is headed back to campus, but it looks like Anei will be playing somewhere else next season.

The 6-10 junior will be immediately eligible next season. He started in both of his years at Oklahoma State and averaged 8.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks per game.

Anei is known for his defense and will be a difference-making rim-protector wherever he decides to transfer.

Difference-Making Transfers Who Sat Out Last Year

The buzz is always surrounding this year’s transfer portal, but several difference-makers who sat out last year will be ready to go when the season tips off. We will cover a few of the top guys and where they will be playing this season.

Arguably the top sit-out transfer is Sam Hauser, who will be playing at Virginia. He and his brother Joey, who is going to be playing at Michigan State, both transferred from Marquette. Hauser’s outside shooting ability will be a big asset for the Cavaliers, who badly needed scoring this past season.

David Jenkins Jr. followed his coach T.J. Otzelberger from South Dakota State to UNLV. He should be a difference-maker in the Mountain West after shooting over 45% from three-point range his sophomore season. His 19.7-points-per-game average should drop off slightly with the upgrade in talent in the conference, but this young man can score wherever he plays.

Arizona lost a lot of talent this offseason, but Georgetown transfer James Akinjo should make an immediate impact. He played seven games last season before transferring, so he will have to miss a few games before getting to work this season. Akinjo earned Big East Freshman of the Year honors in 2018-19.

Joey Hauser, who we mentioned earlier, will play a key role for Michigan State this year. While not quite the scorer his brother is, he has two years of eligibility left for the Spartans. Hauser averaged 9.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists as a freshman.

Howard transfer R.J. Cole will suit up for Connecticut this season. He won’t be able to maintain his 22.5-points-per-game scoring average from his two seasons at Howard, but Cole has the talent to be one of the better guards in the Big East.

Joel Ntwambwe will continue the Chris Beard tradition of bringing in talented transfers. Ntwambwe, who played one season at UNLV, averaged just under 12 points and should help Texas Tech on the glass.

Providence has two sit-out transfers who should help make the team an NCAA Tournament contender. Jared Bynum, who transferred from Saint Joseph’s, will have three years of eligibility left and is the favorite to be the Friars’ starting point guard.

Noah Horchler, who transferred from North Florida, put up huge numbers in the 2018-19 campaign. The 6-8 junior averaged 16 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks.

His rebounding number will go down a little, but Horchler and Bynum will have the Friars in the tournament conversation.

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