100+ freshmen and transfers who will make a huge impact
Jeff Borzello, ESPN
- Personnel WriterNov 2, 2023, 09:00 AM ET Close Basketball recruiting insider.
- Joined ESPN in 2014.
- Graduate of University of Delaware.Player movement is at an
all-time high in college basketball. With the NCAA’s additional year of eligibility due to COVID-19 still in impact, in addition to the one-time transfer rule, high schoolers reclassifying later on and later on in the offseason and more global recruits than ever going into the sport, lineup continuity is essentially a thing of the past. It likewise makes it increasingly hard to figure out which beginners will make the biggest impact.That’s where these rankings can be found in. Instead of having separate freshman and transfer rankings, we have actually organized them together. Below, the 100 newcomers– and some other names to see– who should have the most significant effect on their brand-new teams.As constantly, a pointer: This is a ranking based exclusively on anticipated effect for this season. It’s not a mock draft and it does not merely rework our recruiting or transfer rankings. For instance, Baylor’s Ja’Kobe Walter,(No. 7 in the ESPN class of 2023)was ranked behind Colorado’s Cody Williams(No. 6)and may go lower in the NBA draft than UCLA’s Aday Mara(unranked in the ESPN 100 )– however he has a clearer path to an immediate effect this season. 1. Hunter Dickinson, Kansas Jayhawks(transfer)If Zach Edey doesn’t duplicate as Wood Award winner, it might be since of Dickinson
. Maybe the best player in portal history, Dickinson averaged 18.5 points and 9.0 rebounds at Michigan– and is now on the No. 1 group in the country.