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### Top 10 Impact Players in the 2024 College Basketball Transfer Portal

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Following Selection Sunday for the 2024 NCAA Tournament, the chaos of Mayhem Monday has commenced. Players from teams that have concluded their seasons wasted no time in entering the portal. Surprisingly, many players publicly declared their intentions to enter the portal days before the official 45-day window opened on March 18.

For the past three years, over 1,600 men’s Division I players have entered the portal annually, and 2024 is poised to maintain this trend. Recent NCAA guidance indicates that even multiple-time transfers will be eligible to compete in the 2024-25 academic year, allowing players to switch schools for the third or even fourth time.

This guidance followed a temporary injunction in December by a U.S. District Court Judge in a case challenging an NCAA rule that mandated multiple-time transfers to sit out a season at their new institution. The injunction enabled numerous two-time transfers to join their new teams this basketball season, significantly impacting programs struggling with roster depth.

As players continue to enter the portal, we will provide rankings of the top prospects. These rankings will be updated daily as players either officially enter the portal or announce their plans to do so.


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Porter, a top-100 prospect in the Class of 2022, received honorable mention All-WCC recognition this season. He maintained averages of 16.2 points, 5.9 rebounds, and one block per game. Standing at 6-foot-11, Porter, the younger brother of Denver Nuggets’ star Michael Porter Jr., boasts a career 32.5% 3-point shooting accuracy. His size, lineage, and occasional displays of perimeter shooting make him an appealing prospect for high-major programs.


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Crews, a junior at UT Martin, showcased his sharpshooting skills by hitting 41.4% of his 3-point attempts on 6.7 tries per game. Additionally, he grabbed 8.2 rebounds per game for the Skyhawks, who clinched a share of the OVC regular-season title. While questions linger about his defensive capabilities, his 6-foot-7 frame and impressive shooting touch will undoubtedly attract significant interest.


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Garrison, a former top-50 prospect and McDonald’s All-American in the Class of 2023, displayed flashes of his potential during his freshman year at Oklahoma State. Despite needing improvement on the offensive end, Garrison managed to block 1.5 shots per game in just 22.7 minutes of play. With three seasons of eligibility remaining, he has ample time to further develop his skills.


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Dia emerged as a dynamic frontcourt presence during his sophomore season at Belmont, showcasing his versatility after a limited role in his freshman year. Averaging 16.9 points and 5.8 rebounds per game while shooting 34.1% from beyond the arc, the 6-foot-9 Dia combines size with surprising athleticism. Although his game requires refinement, his potential is evident.


Former School: Belmont

Gillespie significantly impacted Belmont’s performance, averaging 17.2 points, 4.2 assists, and 2.2 steals per game. Despite his smaller stature at 6 feet, Gillespie excelled with a remarkable 66% shooting rate inside the arc and a solid 38.7% from long range. With two seasons of eligibility left, he presents a valuable option for high-major teams in need of a skilled on-ball guard.

6. Kanaan Carlyle

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Carlyle, a four-star prospect in the Class of 2023, delivered a solid freshman campaign at Stanford, averaging 11.5 points and 2.7 assists per game. His standout performances against notable opponents demonstrate his potential at the high-major level. With three seasons of eligibility remaining, Carlyle offers promising upside.


Former School: Pepperdine

Mallette boasts a career 37.5% 3-point shooting accuracy over three seasons at Pepperdine, improving to a career-best 41.5% in the 2023-24 season. His ability to shine against quality competition makes him an enticing prospect. Standing at 6-foot-5, Mallette’s combination of size and proven perimeter shooting skills will undoubtedly draw interest.


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Williams, a three-time CAA Defensive Player of the Year, maintained an impressive average of 1.8 blocks per game. Standing at 6-foot-10, he ranked among the top 100 defenders in college basketball and contributed 12.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per game for the Dragons. His defensive prowess and solid offensive contributions make him a sought-after prospect.


Former School: Pepperdine

Ajayi, a 6-foot-7 forward, showcased his shooting prowess by hitting 47% of his 3-point attempts while averaging 17.2 points during his lone season at Pepperdine. Despite excelling in rebounding with 9.9 boards per game, questions surround his defensive capabilities. Nevertheless, Ajayi’s skill set is appealing to high-major programs.


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Slajchert demonstrated his sharpshooting abilities by shooting 42.2% from 3-point range on 6.1 attempts per game in the 2023-24 season. Averaging 18 points per game, the 6-foot-1 guard’s offensive prowess is evident. While adapting defensively to the high-major level may pose a challenge, his scoring abilities make him an attractive prospect for teams in need of perimeter firepower.