Another great timepiece – Remy Martin of Arizona State – enters transfer portal | Tale of Tait
At the end of last week, ESPN.com’s Jeff Borzello put together a list of the top 100 transfers in college basketball, whether they’re already engaged at a new school or still available on the transfers portal.
By Tuesday, the list was already due to be rewritten.
Arizona state guard Remy Martin, twice selected by the 100% PAC-12 first-team, announced on Tuesday that he too had entered his name on the transfer portal.
You may remember Martin from his 21-point performance in an upset victory over KU in December 2017 at Allen Fieldhouse. Martin is actually 2-0 against the Jayhawks, having won again at home in 2018.
While it has long been known that Martin was leaving Arizona state – he announced earlier this spring that he was continuing his comments on his NBA stock project – the news that Martin would seek to land in. another school if he did in fact decide to return to college for one more season, certainly changed the landscape of an already busy transfer season.
Some reports have listed Martin, a 6-foot, 175-pound guard from Chatsworth, Calif., As the best player available on the transfer portal.
Whenever a player of Martin’s caliber becomes available, pretty much every program is going to at least take a peek to see if it’s worth pursuing.
The talented guard has averaged 19.1 points and around 4 assists per game for the Sun Devils in each of the past two seasons and has entered the 2020-21 season as a preseason All-American. .
Previously, he averaged 13 points per game in sophomore and 10 points per game in freshman. And he’s shot 33% or better from 3 points in each of the past three seasons.
It’s no secret that the Kansas men’s basketball program is looking for another goalie – ideally a goalscorer – to donate their only remaining purse to head into the 2021-22 season.
The Jayhawks remain on the hunt for Top 40 preparation point guard Tyty Washington, who has seen his stock skyrocket in recent weeks, and are also still alive for the transfer of Georgia Sahvir Wheeler, who recently included KU in his. list of four finalists, and transfer from Kentucky Nolan Hickman, whom KU pursued hard out of high school.
Martin is as talented as any of those players, and the Jayhawks also spent quite a bit of time recruiting Martin out of high school.
Although he never officially listed his finalists, reports from when he joined ASU noted that he chose Arizona State after “seriously considering” Marquette, UConn, Kansas and San Diego State. Martin has also reportedly received offers from UCLA and USC.
KU assistant Kurtis Townsend was Martin’s main recruiter at the time and it’s at least worth paying attention to Martin’s path over the next few weeks to see if KU decides to get involved again.
A lot of it depends on what other people are doing. Washington is expected to announce its pick on Saturday and Shay Wildeboor of Rivals JayhawkSlant.com recently noted that a decision from Wheeler could also come next week.
Kansas currently has a scholarship available to hand out to add to a roster that already includes seven newcomers.
That number would increase if Ochai Agbaji or Jalen Wilson – or both – chose to keep their name in the NBA Draft Pool instead of choosing to return to Kansas for the 2021-22 season.
Both players have until July to make a decision, and with the NBA pre-draft combination slated for June 21-27, it seems likely they’ll take all the time they have.
As for Borzello’s list of the best transfers in college basketball this offseason, here’s a quick rundown of some of the most notable:
• Wheeler is ranked 15th. Borzello wrote: “One of college basketball’s elite passers, Wheeler was an All-SEC second-team player after averaging 14.0 points and 7.4 assists last season. He led the SEC and placed fourth nationally in assists.
• Bryce Hamilton, UNLV shooting guard, who has also been linked with KU in recent weeks, is ranked 36th. A 6-foot-4, 205-pound junior, Hamilton took second-team All-Mountain West honors after averaging. 17.9 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists last season.
• Former KU goalie Bryce Thompson is ranked 28th. The last one I heard about Thompson is that he leans heavily towards Oklahoma or the state of Oklahoma with Tulsa still in the mix.
• Former Drake guard Joseph Yesufu, who signed with KU last month, was ranked 14th in the ‘Next in line’ squad, making him the 114th ranked transfer in Borzello’s eyes. While this may seem a little low to some, you have to remember that over 1,500 players have entered the college basketball transfer portal this offseason.
• Former Jayhawk goalie Charlie Moore, who signed on for Miami and will play for the fourth different school in his varsity career, landed at No.97 on the list.
• New Texas coach Chris Beard has landed four of the top 27 players on the roster – former Utah forward Timmy Allen (3), former Creighton forward Christian Bishop (13), former Vanderbilt forward Dylan Disu (19) and former Kentucky point guard Devin Askew (27).
• TCU coach Jamie Dixon also did a good job rebuilding his roster through the transfer portal, landing two players in the top 60, former Texas A&M striker Emanuel Miller (29), SG du Texas Tech Micah Peavy (57), and defending National Champion Baylor collected a nice play in the backcourt when transferring from Arizona James Akinjo, who averaged 15.6 points and 5.4 assists per game last season while shooting 40.8% from 3 points.