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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Winner: Ole Miss

After hanging onto head coach Chris Beard who was seemingly offered a handful of jobs this offseason, the Ole Miss Rebels have had a great run in the transfer portal. The Rebels suffered four departures to the portal however, none of them were key pieces in 2023.

Chris Beard, however, has brought in five players all of whom may play massive roles in 2024. Dre Davis was one of the most coveted players in the transfer portal after scoring 15.0 Points Per Game at Seton Hall, he'll instantly be one of if not the Rebels' best player. Sean Pedulla scored 16.4 PPG at Virginia Tech and will help form a fearsome duo with Davis. The Rebels also added three mid-major transfers that if they click could make the Rebels a serious threat in the SEC.

Loser: Florida

The second year of Todd Golden in Gainesville was a massive success as the Gators went 24-12 returning to the NCAA Tournament. The Gators suffered one real loss with Riley Kugel departing for Kansas after scoring 9.2 points per game in 2023. The Gators have brought in three transfers however, none of them are the high-caliber players you'd expect after a great year for the team.

Where does LSU's Transfer Class Rank?

The LSU Tigers had a successful transfer period but, among loaded SEC Classes it doesn't rank near the top. Matt McMahon was able to retain a majority of his team losing only Mwani Wilkinson who played 9.5 minutes per game. The team has brought in two massive scorers in Jordan Sears and Cam Carter who may propel this team into SEC Contention. Dji Bailey could also become a key piece for Richmond in 2024 after scoring 10.2 points per game.

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