The Three Biggest Winners and Losers from the Basketball Transfer Portal in the SEC

Feb 21, 2024; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA; LSU Tigers head coach Matt McMahon talks with Kentucky
Feb 21, 2024; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA; LSU Tigers head coach Matt McMahon talks with Kentucky / Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports
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The College Basketball transfer portal is nearing an end as players are no longer able to enter the transfer portal. A majority of the major players have landed at their new schools giving us a clear idea of who will be in contention in 2024. Here are the three biggest winners and losers in the transfer portal in the SEC thus far:

Winner: Alabama

After a run to the final four, Nate Oats has practically transformed his roster building a deeper overall lineup. The Alabama Basketball team has lost six players to the transfer portal including key players in Rylan Griffin, Sam Walters, and Nick Pringle.

Nate Oats has however brought in some of the highest caliber players in the transfer portal and if the Crimson Tide get Mark Sears back for one more season, they may be the National Championship front runners. The Alabama Basketball team after suffering defensively all season brought in one of the nation's best shot blockers in Rutgers transfer Clifford Omoruyi. The Crimson Tide brought in high-upside scorers in Houston Mallette and Chris Youngblood. To top it all off, Nate Oats brought in former Auburn Prized Recruit Aden Holloway agitating their in-state rivals.

Loser: Mississippi State

The start of the Chris Jans era in Starkville has been incredible as he's gotten the Bulldogs into the NCAA Tournament in both seasons as the head coach. After an impressive program turnaround, you'd expect that Mississippi State would make a massive push in the transfer portal. The Bulldogs instead saw two players depart bringing in just three transfers. Incoming transfer Kanye Clary may make a big impact after scoring 16.7 PPG at Penn State but, the Bulldogs could've put themselves among the contenders this spring.