The middle of May means we’re getting closer to peak college basketball recruiting season. Of course, it’s not just high school prospects who are making their choices, there are a lot of transfers on the move as well. Let’s check out the major recruiting announcements in the past week.
New Point Guard in Town
South Carolina head coach Frank Martin is getting some much-needed backcourt help in the form of ex-Georgetown Hoya Tre Campbell. After playing three seasons with the Hoyas, Campbell sat out last season but stayed in school to finish his degree. He’ll now be eligible to play for the Gamecocks right away as a graduate transfer.
Campbell suffered a knee injury in a bus accident back in 2017, which may explain why he sat out last season. Despite being a four-star recruit coming out of high school, the 6’ 2’’ Campbell averaged just 3.7 points per game in his Georgetown career. However, South Carolina needs a point guard, especially with Rakym Felder being dismissed from the program earlier this spring.
The Villanova Wildcats may have won a national championship, but they are poised to lose a massive chunk of their scoring from last season due to graduation and the NBA. To help his team reload quickly, Jay Wright is bringing in Albany graduate transfer Joe Cremo. The 6’ 4’’ shooting guard scored 17.8 points per game for the Great Danes this past season, shooting 46% from beyond the arc.
Cremo was also drawing interest from Kansas, Texas, and Creighton, making him one of the more sought-after grad transfers on the market. There’s still a chance that Donte DiVincenzo and Omari Spellman could return to the Wildcats, but Jalen Brunson and Mikal Bridges are definitely heading to the NBA, so Cremo will give them a much-needed scorer.
Panthers Eat Gophers
The Minnesota Golden Gophers have added a transfer the old-fashioned way. Pittsburgh’s Marcus Carr announced over the weekend he’ll leave school after his freshman year and head up to Minnesota to join Richard Pitino’s team. Carr was a starter at Pitt for most of the season, averring 10 points per game and shooting 40% from three-point range.
But with a coaching change, the 6’ 1’’ guard is one of several Panthers to leave the program. Of course, Carr, a Canadian native, will have to it out a year before he can play for the Golden Gophers.
In the Right Mooney
Texas Tech has also grabbed a graduate transfer for next season in South Dakota’s Matt Mooney. Both Northwestern and Creighton were after Mooney, who along with Cremo, was one of the top grad transfer targets on the market. The 6’ 3’’ shooting guard was first-team all-Summit League last year after averaging 18.7 points last season, scoring 30 or more points six times.
The Red Raiders lost five seniors from the team that reached the Elite Eight, as well as freshman Zhaire Smith, who left for the NBA. However, Texas Tech has also added former St. John’s big man Tariq Owens, who will also be eligible to play right away as a grad transfer. Between Owens, Mooney, sophomore guard Jarrett Culver, and incoming freshman Khavon Moore, the Red Raiders hope to reload quickly after a 27-10 season.
One of the more surprising recruiting announcements of the past week was McDonald’s All American Jordan Brown committing to the Nevada Wolf Pack. The 6’ 10’’ forward had quite the odyssey during his recruitment, ultimately choosing Nevada over the likes of Cal and Arizona. As a five-star prospect, he’s the highest-rated recruit in Nevada history. Of course, Nevada is coming off a Sweet 16 appearance after two amazing comebacks the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament.
However, it remains to be seen all the pieces that made that run possible will return next season. Twins Caleb and Cody Martin and Jordan Caroline all declared for the draft, although all three could still choose to return. If that happens, the Wolf Pack could be absolutely loaded next season. Nevada will have four transfers who will be eligible this year after sitting out last season, as well as two grad transfers who will play right away.