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### Top 60 College Basketball Transfer Portal Rankings for 2024: Kentucky and Mark Pope’s Entry Shifts Landscape

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Kentucky basketball made a significant announcement on Friday by introducing Mark Pope as its new coach. Pope, who previously coached at BYU for five years, faces the immediate challenge of recruiting top talent as he takes on one of the most high-pressure coaching positions in sports.

Recent seasons have demonstrated that first-year coaches can achieve early success by revamping their rosters through the transfer portal, as seen at schools like South Florida and Utah State in 2023-24. The expectation at Kentucky is no different, with Pope likely to focus on bringing in transfers to shape his inaugural roster. While there is a possibility of some players from the Wildcats’ previous roster or incoming freshmen opting to stay, it is anticipated that transfers will dominate the makeup of Pope’s initial team.

As the spring transfer portal window spans from March 18 to May 1, players entering the portal during this period do not face a strict deadline for committing to a new program. Graduate transfers and those affected by coaching changes post-May 1 will still have the opportunity to transfer. Additionally, players declaring for the NBA Draft have until May 29 to withdraw and retain their college eligibility for the following season.

The upcoming transfer cycle presents an array of talented players on the move. Here is a glimpse at the top 60 players available for recruitment:

1. Johnell Davis

Former School: FAU

Davis played a pivotal role in FAU’s journey to the 2023 Final Four and continued his stellar performance by increasing his scoring average to 18.2 points in the 2023-24 season. A proficient 3-point shooter at 41.4%, this 6-foot-4 guard also contributed significantly on the boards and defensively for the Owls.

2. Darian DeVries

Former School: | New Destination: West Virginia

DeVries, a standout wing player, earned Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year honors twice during his tenure under his father’s coaching at a previous school. With impressive averages of 21.6 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 3.7 assists in the last season, DeVries brings a dynamic offensive skill set to his new team.

3. Mayo

Former School:  | New Destination: Kansas

Mayo, the recipient of the Summit League Player of the Year award, showcased his versatility by averaging 18.8 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 3.5 assists for South Dakota State. Known for his sharpshooting at 38.8% from beyond the arc, Mayo’s transfer to Kansas adds a potent scoring threat to their lineup.

4. Mark Mitchell

Former School: Duke

Mitchell, a highly touted five-star recruit from the Class of 2022, brings athleticism and scoring prowess to the court. With notable averages of 11.6 points and 6.0 rebounds per game, the 6-foot-9 forward’s potential and NBA-caliber skills make him a sought-after prospect in the transfer market.

5. AJ Storr

Former School: Wisconsin

Storr’s offensive impact at Wisconsin was evident, averaging 16.8 points and showcasing multi-dimensional scoring abilities. Standing at 6-foot-6, his scoring efficiency and size make him a valuable addition for teams seeking offensive firepower.

6. Vladislav Goldin

Former School: FAU

Goldin’s dominance on both ends of the floor was highlighted by his impressive averages of 15.7 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks per game while shooting an exceptional 67.3% from the field. The 7-foot-1 center from Russia presents a formidable presence in the paint for any team.

7. Omoruyi

Former School: [ppp7]

Omoruyi’s defensive prowess as a rim protector was evident with his impressive shot-blocking abilities, ranking fourth nationally in blocks. The 6-foot-11 center’s defensive contributions and consistent performance make him a valuable asset for teams in need of interior presence.

8. Tramon Mark

Former School: Arkansas

Mark’s scoring capabilities were on display as he averaged 16.2 points for Arkansas in the 2023-24 season. Transitioning from Houston, this battle-tested guard brings a variety of offensive skills and experience to his new team.

9. Oumar Ballo

Former School: Arizona

Ballo’s imposing size and productivity at Arizona, averaging 12.9 points and 10.1 rebounds, make him a force in the paint. Despite his limited versatility, Ballo’s impact as a bruiser and consistent performer adds value to any program.

10. Robbie Avila

Former School: Indiana State

Avila’s emergence as a standout center at Indiana State garnered attention, averaging 17.4 points and 6.6 rebounds while showcasing his shooting range at 39.4% from beyond the arc. His unique skill set as a big man with perimeter shooting abilities makes him a coveted prospect in the transfer market.

These are just a few of the top players available in the current transfer cycle, with many more talents waiting to find their new homes in collegiate basketball.