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Another big time guard — Arizona State's Remy Martin — enters transfer portal

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Arizona State guard Remy Martin (1) celebrates in the second half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Kansas, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, in Tempe, Ariz. Arizona State won 80-76. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Arizona State guard Remy Martin (1) celebrates in the second half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Kansas, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, in Tempe, Ariz. Arizona State won 80-76. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) by Associated Press

Late last week, ESPN.com’s Jeff Borzello put together a list of the top 100 transfers in college basketball, whether already committed to a new school or still available in the transfer portal.

By Tuesday, the list already needed to be rewritten.

Arizona State guard Remy Martin, a two-time first team all-PAC-12 selection, announced Tuesday that he, too, had entered his name into the transfer portal.

You may remember Martin from his 21-point performance in an upset win over KU in December of 2017 at Allen Fieldhouse. Martin's actually 2-0 against the Jayhawks, having won again at home in 2018.

While it was long known that Martin was leaving Arizona State, — he announced earlier this spring that he was pursuing feedback about his NBA draft stock — the news that Martin would look to land at another school if he does in fact decide to return to college for one more season certainly changed the landscape of an already busy transfer season.

Some reports have listed Martin, a 6-foot, 175-pound play-making guard from Chatsworth, Calif., as the best player available in the transfer portal.

Any time a player of Martin’s caliber becomes available, just about every program out there is going to at least take a look to see if he would be worth pursuing.

The talented guard averaged 19.1 points and right around 4 assists per game for the Sun Devils during each of the past two seasons and he entered the 2020-21 season as a preseason All-American.

Prior to that he averaged 13 points per game as a sophomore and 10 points per game as a freshman. And he has shot 33% or better from 3-point range in each of the past three seasons.

It’s no secret that the Kansas men’s basketball program is looking for another guard — ideally a scorer — to give its one remaining scholarship to heading into the 2021-22 season.

The Jayhawks remain in the hunt for Top 40 prep point guard Tyty Washington, who has seen his stock soar in recent weeks, and also are still alive for Georgia transfer Sahvir Wheeler, who recently included KU in his list of four finalists, and Kentucky transfer Nolan Hickman, who KU pursued hard out of high school.

Martin is as talented as any of those players, and the Jayhawks spent a fair amount of time recruiting Martin out of high school, as well.

Although he never officially listed his finalists, reports from the time he committed to ASU noted that he chose Arizona State after “seriously considering” Marquette, UConn, Kansas and San Diego State. Martin also reportedly had offers from UCLA and USC.

KU assistant Kurtis Townsend was the lead recruiter for Martin at the time and it’s at least worth paying attention to Martin’s path during the next few weeks to see if KU decides to get involved again.

A lot of it may depend on what the others do. Washington is expected to announce his choice on Saturday and Shay Wildeboor of Rivals site JayhawkSlant.com recently noted that a decision from Wheeler could come sometime in the next week, as well.

Kansas currently has one available scholarship to hand out to add to a roster that already features seven newcomers.

That number would grow if Ochai Agbaji or Jalen Wilson — or both — elected to keep their name in the NBA draft pool instead of choosing to return to Kansas for the 2021-22 season.

Both players have until July to make a decision, and, with the NBA’s pre-draft combine slated for June 21-27, it seems likely that they’ll take all the time they have available.

As for Borzello’s list of the top transfers in college basketball this offseason, here’s a quick look at some of the more notable elements:

• Wheeler is ranked 15th. Borzello wrote: “One of the elite passers in college basketball, Wheeler was a second-team All-SEC player after averaging 14.0 points and 7.4 assists this past season. He led the SEC and ranked fourth nationally in assists.”

• UNLV shooting guard Bryce Hamilton, who also has been tied to KU in the past few weeks, is ranked No. 36. A 6-foot-4, 205-pound junior, Hamilton earned second-team All-Mountain West honors after averaging 17.9 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists last season.

• Former KU guard Bryce Thompson is ranked 28th. The latest I’ve heard on Thompson is that he’s heavily leaning toward Oklahoma or Oklahoma State with Tulsa still in the mix.

• Former Drake guard Joseph Yesufu, who signed with KU last month, was listed 14th in the “Next in line” group, which essentially makes him the 114th-ranked transfer in Borzello’s eyes. While that might seem a little low to some, you have to remember that more than 1,500 players entered the college basketball transfer portal this offseason.

• Former Jayhawk guard Charlie Moore, who committed to Miami and will be playing for the fourth different school of his college career, landed at No. 97 on the list.

• New Texas coach Chris Beard has landed four of the top 27 players on the list — former Utah forward Timmy Allen (3), former Creighton forward Christian Bishop (13), former Vanderbilt power forward Dylan Disu (19) and former Kentucky point guard Devin Askew (27).

• TCU coach Jamie Dixon also has done a nice job of rebuilding his roster through the transfer portal, landing two players in the top 60, former Texas A&M power forward Emanuel Miller (29), Texas Tech SG Micah Peavy (57), and defending national champion Baylor picked up a nice backcourt piece in Arizona transfer James Akinjo, who averaged 15.6 points and 5.4 assists per game last season while shooting 40.8% from 3-point range.

Comments

Rodney Crain 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Well we know he can play at AFH lol. No chance to get him though, we don't have Jerry West on our jerseys.

Andy Godwin 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Men's college basketball/football is drifting so far from the purpose of sports in that students with athletic abilities had a path to a "free" education. Yes, men's college athletics have become a big business and the "top" athletes are feeling exploited. But let's be serious, with "more than 1,500 players entered the college basketball transfer portal this offseason" how many are transferring to seek a better education? How are University administrators determining eligibility for these >1,500 "students" based on past grades? This portal as it stands is simply free agency at the college level at its worst. The concept of a student-athlete is dying if not already dead.

Benny Armstrong 6 months, 2 weeks ago

I tend to agree with you that it is a dying idea and believe that the NCAA has done a poor job of leading versus following the trends here (shocker!). The transfer portal coupled with the new ability to transfer once with immediate eligibility is interesting to me and the impact it is having on major college sports. For years people in the media and on message boards have complained about the ability of coaches to leave freely and immediately coach somewhere else the next season but the athletes are restricted from doing the same. So this serves to balance some of the power in those respects and coaches will have to recruit their current team each offseason to make sure they stay with the program.

While in some respects its good that they have the ability to do this if/when circumstances change, like when a coach gets fired or there's a major illness in the family (among other examples), this new "power" will also cut both ways and will have a lot of unintended consequences that people will surely complain about when they are turned against the athletes. If you're going to give athletes the freedom to go wherever they want without consequences, then you also give that same level of power to coaches to cut players by not renewing their scholarships after a season in order to chase after someone else that they view as being better in the transfer portal. It seems to me that the athletes and those advocating on their behalf aren't looking at the full picture and will get a rude awakening when this inevitably starts to turn against them.

And all of the above isn't even including how crazy this will become once we throw in the ability for players to cash in on their NIL. Then it really will become wild and the athletes become even more of a commodity than they already are. If they wanted to be treated as the adults that they are, then they're going to get a big dose of it.

Ryan Zimmerman 6 months, 2 weeks ago

KU literally has zero of Borzello's top 100 transfers... why?

Keith Gellar 6 months, 2 weeks ago

face it...the golden era is gone. KUs dominance and name don't have as much significance anymore. If we did, wouldn't have players jumping ship and having to scrounge up transfers.

And honestly, i don't think Self has it anymore to bring us back to the blue blood stage. He now will be in the same category as Izzo - still a great coach, above average, but not good enough to get us to the promise land.

Benny Armstrong 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Keith, I'm not sure if this is intended to be sarcasm or not, but I certainly hope that it is. We are a season removed from being the heavy favorites to win the national title before the world stopped. Would you be singing the same tune if KU had won the title in 2020, or would you still be saying this garbage?

Additionally, we had a "down season" that ended in a second place conference finish (to the eventual national champions) and a 3 seed in the NCAA tournament. Yes, the last game was brutal and hard to watch, but to say that we're on the downward trend is absurd. You imply that we're no longer a blue blood, but in a year when almost all the other blue bloods had crap seasons and didn't even make the tournament, we did. So please stop with your complaining and accept that we can't win the title every year, and even our "bad" years are pretty dang good.

Keith Gellar 6 months, 2 weeks ago

"can't win the title every year"? who is talking about every year? how about once every 10 years? is that too much to ask?

RJ King 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Keith, in the last 15 years, only ten different teams have won the title. (Baylor, Virginia, Villanova (2), UNC (2), Duke (2) UConn (2), Louisville, Kentucky, Kansas and Florida (2) - and only 8 different teams in the last ten years. There's a good chance KU would have 2 titles if not for 2020.

So, is a title once every 10 years too much to ask? I don't know ... maybe check with the other 342 D-1 teams.

Rodney Crain 6 months, 2 weeks ago

MSU, Duke, KY, KU, and NC all struggled last season. It's interesting that talented teams seem to mis-fire last year. This off season it was the Portal express everywhere. Welcome to the new world. Our coach’s skill sets focus on team play, team offence, and team defense. This requires any new players to the team to learn it’s about the team, not the individual. Not every individual wants to play that way. Hitting the reset button on their college of choice is easy. Why no one has picked KU, maybe the answer is that our coach is not interested in a transfer player that is just looking for a place to shine, and not win a championship. Our team right now is better than last year. That is really all you can ask of a program.

RJ King 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Pac-12 basketball is part of my career. Martin seems a bit of a ball hog. Lots of shots to get those points. Not sure he would fit our style. Timmy Allen is a great catch for Chris Beard. Would love another quality big, but Wheeler might be a good land - with 4th-in-the-nation assists. I sure do miss those accurate alley-oop lobs by Mason and Graham.

Edward Daub 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Georgia basketball (includes Wheeler) is setting a new record for transfers.

They now have 9 Transfers in the Port Hole. 9!!! Yikes!

Dirk Medema 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Benny - Well said. I LOL at the unintended sarcasm. I still feel that lost season which must be so much more for the players.

RJ - I just happened to have watched a replay of ’08 NCG. That was one ooping team.

Dirk Medema 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Chris Beard with ut resources is scary. A lot more IMO than what seems to me to be more of an aberration in Waco.

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