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College Basketball D2 Transfer Study

Last summer we identified some of the top D2 transfers moving up to D1 during the 2022 portal cycle. In the past, we have studied some of the successful division movements among players to try to gain a better understanding and learn for our transfer rankings. There have been many examples like Ryan Hawkins (D2), Duncan Robinson (D3), Max Strus (D2), and Derrick White (D2) that have successfully made the move.

There have also been some pretty accomplished D2 players like Bryan Griffin, Robbie Heath, Dale Bonner, and Cam Martin who failed to make a major impact. In a couple of cases, they transferred to a level too high in talent and couldn’t get on the court. One example like Qua Grant struggled at Wichita State but transferred again to Sam Houston State and lead a very good them there to the NIT. Situations still matter. JT Shumate at Toledo is another example of a recent still-active D2 success story.  

There is a level of variance in trying to rank players moving up from division to division that seems greater than that from even low major conferences to the P5. I think overall in general if you shoot or rebound well those seem to translate the best and as more have moved up D1 coaches are getting better at identifying the more capable players.

In recent years the number of non-D1 players, especially All-American players, have started taking the opportunity to move up. It’s skyrocketed. Just this past season College of Charleston built much of their 31-4 success t on 3 former D2 All-American players in Dalton Bolon, Ante Brzovic, and Pat Robinson. They also had an NAIA All-American as well. All three were double-digit scorers.

D2 Transfers to D1
Isaiah Moore5-11, 16322.6ppg, 5.4apg (D2 AA)Franklin PierceSouth Alabama
Phillip Alston6-6, 22521.0ppg, 10.8rpg (D2)CUPLoyola Chicago
Jamari Smith6-8, 22017.6ppg, 7.1rpg (D2)QueensMurray State
Quincy Anderson6-4, 20017.8ppg, 6.4rpg (D2)Minn StateMurray State
Ante Brzovic6-9, 23017.8ppg, 11.0rpg (D2)SEOUC of Charleston
Owen White6-6, 21517.6ppg, 5.9rpg (D2 AA)Michigan TechSouth Alabama
Pat Robinson6-3, 18520.3ppg 4.6rpg (D2)West LibertyC of Charleston
Cade McKnight6-9, 22518ppg 5.4rpg(D2 AA)Truman StIndiana State
Trenton Gibson6-4, 20017.2ppg, 5.0apg (D2)TusclumIndiana State
Bernard Pelote6-8, 20514.5ppg, 7.7rpg(D2)CatwabaWestern Carolina
Patrick Cartier6-8, 25022ppg 6rpg (D2 AA)HillsdaleColorado State
Masen Miller6-2, 18014.1ppg, 3.0apg (D2)Truman StIndiana State
Armoni Foster6-4, 17017.8ppg 6.5apg 5rpg (D2 AA)IUPBuffalo
Sekou Sylla6-5, 20022ppg 10.4rpg (D2 AA)Nova SoutheasternTowson
Demetre Roberts5-8, 16517.6ppg, 5.2apgSt. T AquinasFairleigh Dickin
Caleb Robinson6-5, 20018.4ppg, 6.6rpgCatwabaGardner Webb
Elijah Ormiston6-8, 21016.9ppg, 6.3rpg(D2)CSPSouth Alabama
Nick Edwards6-1, 17017ppg 6rpg 8apgGlennville StateValpo
Quinton Green6-7, 18013ppg 4rpgCedervilleValpo
Colton Lawrence6-3, 20016ppg 44% 3’sBentlyUMBC
Aamer Muhammad6-1, 19015ppg, 5rpgLubbick ChristianTroy
Crosby James6-0, 18518ppg 42% 3’sAndersonPresbyterian
Brock Mackenzie6-2, 18515ppgPoint Loma NazareneIdaho St
Zach Wrightsil6-7, 20018.7ppg, 8.8rpg, 3.6apg (NAIA POY)Loyola -New OrleansMarquette
Miles Burns6-6, 21015.3ppg, 8.8rpg, 3.0spg (NAIA)Loyola -New OrleansOle Miss
Jaylon Scott6-5, 20019.2ppg, 11.2rpg (NAIA)BethelC of Charleston


Isaiah MooreSouth Alabama33.518.93.34.6
Phillip AlstonLoyola Chicago
Jamari SmithMurray State26.911.84.20.8
Quincy AndersonMurray State18.6730.7
Ante BrzovicC of Charleston19.
Owen WhiteSouth Alabama31.
Pat RobinsonC of Charleston19.210.33.11
Cade McKnightIndiana State11.
Trenton GibsonIndiana State16.
Bernard PeloteWestern Carolina15.
Patrick CartierColorado State21.912.33.11.1
Masen MillerIndiana State4.
Armoni FosterBuffalo28.
Sekou SyllaTowson15.
Demetre RobertsFairleigh Dickin34.416.534.3
Caleb RobinsonGardner Webb18.
Elijah OrmistonSouth Alabama7.
Nick EdwardsValpo27.17.63.95
Quinton GreenValpo3010.74.61
Colton LawrenceUMBC28.312.23.41.6
Aamer MuhammadTroy26.310.31.82.4
Crosby JamesPresbyterian24.
Brock MackenzieIdaho St30.813.52.61.8
Zach WrightsilMarquette8.
Miles BurnsOle Miss2785.91.5
Jaylon ScottC of Charleston27.

It all seems to come down to transferring up to the appropriate level. Hopefully, this gives us a continued better understanding of how to rank D2 transfers in the future.

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