According to ESPN’s ranking of players in the transfer portal, the Razorbacks have landed some solid players if the rankings hold true. In the current state of college sports, transferring is an option for those looking for greener pastures if their coach leaves, lack of playing time or a family member may be sick. For 867 student athletes, the portal is a good thing and helps funnel them to their next venture easier. There are even some kids in the portal searching for their third school of their college career. The way transferring is now is similar to that of the free agent market in the professional leagues. It also helps teams fill out their rosters quicker as well. As Ty Hudson of Pig Trail Network noted, “Musselman is a guy that is looking for men, not just taking boys from high school.”
With the addition of the newest transfer guard, JD Noate, (38th rated transfer in portal), Arkansas could be assembling a roster that could be more fit for postseason play than they were last season. Notae (6’2 185) averaged 15 points and 6 rebounds per game for the Jacksonville Dolphins of the Atlantic Sun Conference. He was even better in conference play averaging 17 points, 7 rebounds, 44.6 field goal percentage and 74% from the charity stripe.
When he had the opportunity to play against power conference teams Notae showed up well. He faced Georgetown (18 points), Michigan (22 points) during his freshman season. In his sophomore season with the Dolphins Notae faced Indiana (15 points) and Notre Dame (17 points). There is no reason to doubt that he could not perform at a high level every night in the toughest conference in the country the SEC. Notae makes quick decisions, shoots the ball at a great clip, plays solid defense and is explosive with the ball in his hands.
Where do the other players rank that have already signed with Arkansas as transfers? Here are those three here:
Isaiah Moss of Iowa (20th): 41% field goal percentage, 40% from downtown, 82% from the free throw line.
Jeantal Cylla of UNC-Wilmington (31st): 40% field goal percentage, 31% from beyond the arc and 78% from the free throw line and averaged 13.7 points per game with Wilmington this season.
Connor Vanover of Cal-Berkeley (52nd): Oh, the home state kid came home and had a solid season down the stretch of the final three games. A 35% three point percentage, 7.5 points and 46% field percentage for the season allowed him to receive more attention as a transfer along with his 7’3 frame. Vanover will be a sit one, play three student athlete and be ready for the 2020-2021 season.