Mental Dimes NCAA Basketball Podcast: Top Transfer News 6/1-6/9, 5 Coaches to Look Out for, & 5 ICE Cold Players

Mental Dimes NCAA Basketball Podcast Episode 4:

Summary: In this article you will find Mental Dimes’ NCAA Basketball insiders Trevor Heilman and Shea Irish break down the major segments of our college hoops podcast. This week featured 5 top transfers from 6/1-6/9, 5 SEC coaches to look out for next season, and 5 underperforming (ice cold) players. 

In case you missed the podcast, you can find the full podcast episodes featuring an interview with Murray State’s D.J. Burns here: 

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rZ35cD29rE&t=300s 

Apple Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/…/interview…/id1572204791… 

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2uuquU0rnUsOTYkeWh8eal… 

5 Top Transfers from 6/1 – 6/9 

Malachi Smith—Chattanooga to Gonzaga 

The SoCon Player of the Year, Malachi Smith heads to Gonzaga to join one of the deepest backcourts in the country.  After receiving offers from Louisville, Texas Tech, Depaul Stanford and otheres, Smith chose GU for their fluid offense and the opportunity to play elite caliber players.  He stated, “They [NBA personnel] want me to demonstrate that I can be a versatile defender against NBA-caliber talent while continuing to show my offensive game as a point guard… They want to see that I can compete at this level.” Gonzaga welcomes Smith with open arms after he posted stellar numbers with Chattanooga—19.9 ppg, 6+ rebounds, 3+ assists and 40% shooting from deep.  He’ll be fun to watch transition from an unranked team in a Mid-Major conference to arguably the best team in the country.  

Isiaih Mosley—Missouri St. to Missouri 

Mosley is an in-state transfer headed from Missouri State to Missouri.  The 6’5 guard is perhaps one of the most efficient scorers in college basketball—and he’s the first player in NCAA history to have the shooting splits: 50.4% FG, 42.7% 3Pt, and 90.2% FT, plus multiple 40+ point games in the same season.  Mosley finished the season scoring 20.4 ppg, 6.2 boards, and made 70 three pointers on his way to receiving 1st Team All-Missouri-Valley Honors.  The Tigers could use a player of his offensive caliber after finishing 12th in the SEC last season—there’s no doubt he’ll thrive with higher level competition. 

Keion Brooks: Kentucky to UW 

Brooks is a former 5-star recruit who is headed from Kentucky up to the University of Washington. UW is in full rebuild mode after losing 7 players—they bring in 4 transfers and 3 recruits and their game plan will likely be centered around Brooks who as a Junior last season started all 33 games and averaged a career-high 10.8 points and 4.4 rebounds in 24.5 min. He had nearly 20 games in double figures and played well against some of the most elite competition—he posted 27 points against eventual National Champion Kansas and had 19 in their conference tournament loss to SEC Champs, Tennessee.  He’ll be a perfect centerpiece for the Huskies to build around as they battle for relevance in the PAC-12.  

Anquan Hill—Farleigh Dickinson to St. Bonaventure  

The Bonnies pick up Northeast Conference Rookie of the year in Anquan Hill, a versatile 6’9 guard who shows plenty of athletic promise. Hill may be under the radar for most high-major fans, but his 7.7 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 24 minutes per contest in FD prove he’s a competitor—not to mention a great defender who led the Knights in rebounds and blocked nearly a shot a game.  With three years of eligibility remaining, the Bonnies grab an immediate starter along with a promising player that they can develop and rely on for several seasons.  

Justin Powell–Tennessee to WSU 

Powell is an intriguing transfer—he’s a 6’6 guard who in his freshman season for Auburn had 11 ppg, 6 boards and 4 assists through his first ten games, including back-to-back 26-point performances, one of those against Memphis. However, he had a bad concussion that ended his freshman season, so he transferred to Tennessee where, unfortunately he didn’t get the minutes he was likely looking for. He played 14 min. and averaged only 4 points with the Volunteers, so his decision to head to Washington State likely has to do with playing time.  The Cougars are certainly willing to give him a shot—they were decimated by the transfer portal, so his trip to Pullman means a starting gig and a lot of shots.  Should he return to his rookie ways, WSU could find themselves causing some problems for PAC-12 teams.  

5 Coaches to “Lookout” For in 2022-23 

Matt McMahon (LSU) 

McMahon went 154-67 in seven seasons with Murray state, carrying the Racers to three NCAA tournament appearances.  In addition, he held down 4 regular season titles, 3 tournament titles, and tied the school record with 31 wins last season on his way to earning OVC Coach of the Year. In taking the LSU job, he brings three Murray State players with him, including OVC Player of the Year K.J. Williams. He wasted no time in recruiting and filtering the transfer portal either, adding Tyrell Ward (ESPN #34), Jalen Reed (ESPN #85) and convincing both Adam Miller and Mwani Wilkinson to return to LSU. As a former SEC assistant with Tennessee in the early 2000s, McMahon brings a wealth of knowledge and success to help revive a chaotic season for the Tigers.  

Todd Golden (Florida) 

Todd Golden should absolutely be the coach to watch out for next season as he carries the Gators into darkhorse candidacy to take the SEC title.  Touted as a young analytics coach, Golden flipped the San Francisco Dons’ program and led them to their first NCAA tournament in over a decade.  The Gators saw his ability to relate to players and build a program and wasted no time in offering him the gig. He started his Gainesville career on a promising note by keeping 2x All SEC player Colin Castleton who can easily be in conversation for SEC player of the year next season.  He has also recruited a pack of high-level transfers—Will Richard from Belmont, Kyle Lofton from St. Bonaventure, Trey Bonham, etc.  The jump from the WCC to the SEC will be tremendous, but it’s clear he’s no stranger to adversity—he adds nothing but promise to the Florida program that you can expect to return to the dance in 2023.  

Dennis Gates (Missouri) 

Gates recently took over a Cleveland State program that had lost 89 games in a 4-year span.  Immediately he took the team near .500 in his first year and he was given the Horizon League Coach of the Year Award—a telling sign that Cleveland State had improved tremendously under Gates’ watch.  He followed up that season by taking the Vikings to a regular season title, a conference championship, and a trip to the NCAA tournament, earning him a second conference Coach of the Year award. The program flip earned Gates the opportunity to coach in the SEC with the Missouri Tigers where he brings in Isaiah Mosley and Noah Carter—both All MVC selections, keeps Tre Gomillion and D’Moi Hodges—both Horizon league Defensive Players of the Year, and a handful of new transfers while also keeping Missouri’s leading scorer Kobe Brown.  He’s set himself up for success with the Tigers who hope he can revive what has been a quiet Missouri program for several seasons.  

Chris Jans (Mississippi State) 

After several years of mediocrity under Ben Howland, Chris Jans comes in with a winning resume to help the Bulldogs return to relevancy.  For the past 5 seasons, Jans has served as head coach of New Mexico State where he led the Aggies to a 122-32 record, three NCAA tournament trips, three conference titles and four regular season titles. He has won in every program he’s been a part of—in 2015 he flipped a Bowling Green program that had gone 12-20 and helped earn them a 21-12 record the following season (he was given the Joe B. Hall National Coach of the Year Award), he was with the Wichita State Shockers as an assistant when they went 174-71. Led multiple JUCO teams to the Junior College Tournament, etc.  that list could go on to create a lengthy resume of positions, victories, and accolades. With the Bulldogs, he brings in transfers Eric Reed Jr (First-Team-OVC), Will McNair (Forward for NMS) and returns Tolu Smith, the Mississippi St. 2nd leading scorer. The Bulldogs have gone 9th and 10th in their conference in the past two years, and the hope is that Jans can help add a better recruiting class and elevate the Bulldogs who have cellar dwelled for multiple seasons.  

Lamont Paris (South Carolina) 

Paris led the Mocs to their 1st tournament appearance since 2016 on the back of a stellar buzzer beater to win the conference title and 27-8 season record. And it wasn’t luck that got them to the dance—Chattanooga held their own against #4 seed Illinois in the first round of the Tournament, leading the entire game before losing in the final seconds. Despite the early exit, Chattanooga has thrived under Paris who elevated the program by winning 65 games over the last three seasons, an effort that won him the 2022 SoCon Coach of the Year. In addition to his time with the Mocs, Paris was an assistant for Wisconsin for seven seasons from 2010-2017 so he carries with him top conference experience, and he’s joining South Carolina on a recruiting mission. He’s grabbed Hayden Brown from Citadel, a 6’5 big man who scores near 19 a game along with 9.5 boards and has 1,400 career points under his belt. He’s brought back Meechie Johnson Jr. From Ohio State, Benhamin Bosmans-Verdonk from Illinois, and Ebrima Dibba from Coasta Carolina, and with these moves Paris could absolutely build on a 5th place standing in the SEC for the Gamecocks last season.  

Kona ICE 5 Cold Players 

Emoni Bates (Memphis—Transfer Portal) 

The hype around Bates extends to his time as a 13-year-old when he was called up (a rarity) to play in the Nike EYBL circuit.  Immediately, what followed were expectations that he’d be the next generational talent—including a Sports Illustrated cover comparing him to Magic, MJ, and Lebron.  That’s a lot on the shoulders of a kid, but his highlights certainly pointed out his talent and capabilities.  However, his freshman campaign produced pedestrian numbers compared to the expectations, and with a back injury adding to his hinderances, Bates fell off as the player to watch. Memphis actually performed better when Bates was injured, and players whom were near him in ranking (including Duren who joined him at Memphis) far outperformed Bates’ 9.7 points, 3 boards, and 2 assists per game.  These numbers aren’t bad for a typical player, but his best games came against unranked competition and he was underwhelming against good teams.  Again, many people would be thrilled to post those numbers in their freshman season, but Bates was considered a #1 prospect, and that certainly hasn’t played out—especially when compared to other Freshman like Kennedy Chandler, Ty Ty Washington, or even teammate Jalen Duren. Wherever he winds up next season will be a test of his talent for sure. 

Oregon State Beavers’ 2021-22 Roster 

The Beavers are an unfortunate roster filled with cold shooters. After a strong tournament run in 2021 that found OSU in the Elite-Eight, they returned three starters and 6 players that contributed significant minutes, re-establishing similar expectations to repeat in 2022. That didn’t happen. Starter Maurice Calloo scored 15 points in 3 different games during the Elite Eight run only to shoot 33.8% from the field in 2022. Dashawn Davis went 9-48 from three-point range (18.6%). The team finished 3-28, 1-19 in the PAC-12, and ended the year on an 18-game losing streak. To add insult to injury, the cold shooting contributed to losses from UC Davis, Samford, and Tulsa—all of which should be beaten by an Elite-Eight PAC-12 team. 

Kihei Clark (Virginia) 

Since getting upset in the 2021 tournament after dominating the ACC (and what would’ve likely been an ACC title if it weren’t for COVID)–the Cavaliers have disappointed tremendously. Part of that comes with the expectations that Virginia would bounce back in 2021-22, they began the year ranked 25th, and a big reason for that was returning guard Kihei Clark. Unfortunately Clark never lived up to the hype and the senior had the same numbers since his sophomore year when he was handed the starting role as point guard. What’s worse is that he’s even regressed—he lost 5% on his 3 pt. Shot, lost 0.8 ppg and went from 87% FT shooting to 78%.  It was a down year for Virginia in general who went from National rankings to the NIT, and Clark had to play a little out of position, but the fact that he has made zero improvement over three years in the ACC is a little concerning, especially since he was given keys to the offense. To boot—he went 0-7 with only 2 points against St. Boneventure in the NIT quarterfinals, had only 7 points in their last ACC game vs. UNC, and as a team they lost to Navy and James Maddison. He will return this year and bring back nearly the entire starting 5, so hopefully they turn it around, but Clark needs to step up.  

Ben Roderick (Ohio) 

Roderick had a tough Senior season following an impressive 2020-21 campaign. In his Junior year he averaged 12.4 ppg, 3.0 rpg, shot 47.5% from FG, and hit 55 threes on 39.6% from deep. He was also a crucial part of the Bobcats upsetting 4-seed Virginia in the first round of the NCAA tournament—scoring 15 points against the Cavalieres. To follow in 2021-22, he regressed in every statistical scoring category. He scored just 6.8 ppg, 34.4% from FG, only hit 28 threes and shot 22.2%. In the last five games of the season he went 7-32 from the field and 3-21 from distance, and he had 61 more points in 2020-21 in 10 less games played. The regression was a part of the Bobcats fall to third in MAC standings and a missed opportunity to make it to the dance.  
 

Quincy Guerrier (Oregon) 

Once again, expectations for Altman and Oregon were high with a roster full of talent. Unfortunately, the team never gelled, and those NCAA tournament goals were quickly erased. And while you could make the argument that the majority of the Ducks’ roster underperformed, one name that stands out is Quincy Guerrier. Guerrier seemed to be a promising frontcourt addition from Syracuse following a 13 ppg campaign.  People expected the scoring to increase and/or his defense to thrive., but unfortunately It did the opposite.  Guerrier regressed in almost every major statistic, moving from 13 a game to 10, 1.1 blocks to 0.3, shooting .493% from the field to .420%, etc.  What’s worse is that he showed plenty of promise—he had a handful of 20+ point games and as a fan it seemed like perhaps he’d turn a corner. But those games were quickly washed out by his 7 games of 4 points or less.  In a lot of ways, Oregon beat themselves, so with a number of transfers in and out, plus the addition of some high-level recruits, Altman hopes to right the ship, and Guerrier will be an important factor in that adjustment.  

Authors

  • Trevor Heilman

    I'm Trevor Heilman--currently a high school teacher and coach, and an aspiring sports editor for Mental Dimes. I'm a self-proclaimed expert when it comes to NCAA Basketball, an embarrassingly awful Fantasy Football player, underdog loving sports bettor, Gonzaga alum, and huge fan of anything sports. Co-Host of the mental Dimes NCAAM Podcast

  • Shea Irish

    Shea is a life-long college basketball fanatic. He has always been passionate about following mid-majors hoops. He's 25 years old and currently resides in Upstate New York. Co-host of the Mental Dimes NCAAM Podcast.

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