Transfer portal kings of college basketball South Alabama Jags


South Alabama Jags head coach Richie Riley explains why he digs into the transfer portal.

Richie Riley and his South Alabama Jaguars have become known as the transfer kings of college basketball. The Jags are currently 18-8 in the Sun Belt and look to be one of the main contenders to win the conference tournament in March.

South Alabama’s top three scorers at the moment are all players who transferred in from SEC schools, including Jay Jay Chandler (Texas A&M), Charles Manning Jr. (LSU) and Javon Franklin (Auburn).

Nine of the current 14 players on their roster have previous college experience either at the Juco level or division one.

0Tyrell JonesG6-1186Jr.Chicago, Ill. / Auburn
1Lance ThomasF6-9224Gr.Norcross, Ga. / Memphis
2Greg ParhamG6-3184Gr.Richmond, Va. / VMI
3Andrew AndersonG6-0160So.Memphis, Tenn. / Tipton-Rosemark Academy
4Kayo GoncalvesF6-8212Gr.Rio de Janeiro, Brazil / Southeastern Oklahoma State
10Diante SmithF6-6189Jr.Fort Walton Beach, Fla. / TCU
12Alex AndersonF6-6185Fr.Memphis, Tenn. / Tipton-Rosemark Academy
13Javon FranklinF6-7220Sr.Little Rock, Ark. / Auburn
14Adam SizemoreG5-9166Jr.London, Ky. / North Laurel HS
20Marshall KearingF6-9225Jr.Perth, Australia / State College of Florida
21Charles Manning Jr.G6-4193Sr.Riverhead, N.Y. / LSU
22Jay Jay ChandlerG6-4180Gr.Katy, Texas / Texas A&M
24Tyler ShirleyF6-6212Fr.Gary, Ind. / Pebblebrook HS
25Jamal WestF6-5224So.Baltimore, Md. / St. Frances Academy

Check out this segment from the Mid-Major podcast where Richie Riley explains the origins of how he started diving into the transfer portal.

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