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Early Men's Basketball Transfer Portal Targets

March 26, 2024

The season just ended this weekend but the Baylor staff has already begun to search the transfer portal to help replace key guys who are leaving the roster and to increase the talent and experiecne for next season. 

The staff will have to replace RayJ Dennis who is out of eligibility plus Jalen Bridges, JaKobe Walter, and Yves Missi as they seem likely to move on to the NBA. There could be more attrition but this group seems to be the most likely that will need to be replaced this offseason.

Guys like Jayden Nunn, Langston Love, Josh Ojianwuna, Miro Little, and Caleb Lohner will have decisions to make but could return. Baylor will also add top five freshman wing VJ Edgecombe along with two top 50 high school prospects in Rob Wright III and Jason Asemota.

With all that still up in the air, let’s take a look at some of the prospects the staff has already reached out to. Think of this more as the type of prospects Baylor is looking for as opposed to just focusing on the names. Baylor could definitely land a guy or two off this initial list but the type of player will be very relevant as things progress this offseason. In general a point guard, a forward/wing, and a center need to be addressed plus a best availiable or two could be made as well depending on how things shake out with the rest of the roster.

Rutgers Center Clifford Omoruyi

2022: 11.9 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.3 blocks

2023: 13.2 points, 9.6 rebounds, 2.1 blocks

2024: 10.4 points 8.3 rebounds 2.9 blocks

The 6-foot-11 center played four seasons at Rutgers and has been very productive the past three seasons for the Scarlet Knights. He shoots 55% from the floor and has been over 60% from the free throw line the past three seasons. Omoruyi was Second-Team All-Big Ten as a junior and an honorable mention this past year.

Since the 2019-2020 season only four players have had a defneisve win share over 2.0 (Butler in 2020, Vital in 2020, Freddie Gillespie in 2020, and James Akinjo 2022). The highest of the group was Gillespie with 2.4 defensive win shares in 2020. Omoruyi has been at 2.8 and 2.3 defensive win shares the past two seasons. He is an absolute difference maker and a true defensive anchor for a team. As I have mentioned and so has Ashley, if he was on this team the Bears would still be playing in the NCAA Tournament.

He would be replacing Yves Missi assuming he moves on to the NBA Draft if not then the Bears would not need a starting center.


Stanford Guard Kanaan Carlyle

2024: 11.5 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 32% from three

The 6-foot-3 guard and former top 50 high schooll prospect played his freshman season at Stanford and things did not go as planned. He missed the first month of the season so he only played in a total of 23 games. He showed flashes on the defensive side of the ball where you can see a path to him becoming borderline elite on that end. The shooting is inconcistent but he was just a freshman so there is room to improve. I see a clear path to him being a very good overall player as a sophomore. His 247 player comparision is....Davion Mitchell.

He would be giving Baylor a potetial point guard even though he is not a proven commodity yet in that role. The hope would be that he lives up to his potential and becomes an NBA prospect in one offseason.


Pepperdine Wing/Forward Michael Ajayi

2024: 17.2 points, 9.9 rebounds, 47% from three, 71% free throws

In 2022 and 2023 he was playing at JUCO basketball so this past year was his first season playing Division 1 Basketball. The experience isn’t there but the age certainly is and so is the game. The 6-foot-7 prospect was an All-WCC First-Team guy as he led the league in scoring and rebounding while shooting 47% from three-point range. He is a solid, not elite, individual defender but he has the qualities that make you think he would be able to be very good in the right team defensive concept.

Ajayi would be an option for replacing Jalen Bridges as the staff looks for a big wing/forward who can play the 3 or 4 position.


George Mason Wing/Forward Keyshawn Hall

2023 (UNLV) - 5.4 points and 50% from three

2024 - 16.6 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 2.3 turnovers, 35.7% from three

The 6-foot-7 wing/forward had very high usage this past season but was able to turn that into a pretty efficient year as a sophomore. He shot 47% from the floor, 35.7% from three, and 84.4% from the free throw line. Hall is also a pretty good defender especiallly in regards to steals and blocks but he needs to improve his consistency which seems likely as he has the skill set for it.

Hall would be an option for replacing Jalen Bridges as the staff looks for a big wing/forward who can play the 3 or 4 position.

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Early Men's Basketball Transfer Portal Targets

4,889 Views | 3 Replies | Last: 16 days ago by Big12Fan2024
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I hate the idea of losing our home grown talent to get a one year free agent when we have as good or better talent already in the house. Guys complain about one and done freshman but a one and done senior creates problems too.

Love and Little can play and should be encouraged (paid) to stay. If we just don't have enough minutes for all our guards I get it, but I think Little has more upside than Nunn. I am not hating on Nunn, I dig his game too just see Little having more upside in the next 2 years and I don't think he is bolting for the NBA after next year.

I don't know what the hesitation is on just saying Ojianwuna is the man at Center.
Ojianwuna will be the starter and should be the starter unless we really screw up and don't keep him. Kid can play. He was a better defender against the bigger stronger guys than Missi and he is not drastically worse offensively (74% FG and 63% FT). Another year of adding muscle and he will be even better. Missi might have more upside but Josh is really good. we have won with much worse at that position.
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Ajayi going to Gonzaga.
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Stock a roster full of marginal talent like Little and Josh O and you get marginal results. They're fine if the goal of the program is to finish somewhere between 8th and 12th every year in a 16 team league. They are good players but every team has good players. If you want to finish in the top 5 of the Big 12 you better have some great players not just good.

And I have no idea why we would waste our time on the dude from Rutgers. St. John's has already hired his agent into some faux position in the athletic department. His host family is in Jamaica, NY. And he wants almost $1 million a year according to the northeast recruiting rags which Baylor is never going to pay.
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