The NCAA college basketball transfer portal has had a busy offseason. Players have entered at a record pace following the 2020-21 campaign, signaling that a major shift in the way recruiting happens in the sport could be on the way.
Apparently, one head coach is ready to lean all the way into the transfer portal.
One Top 40 program coach told me last week that they will no longer recruit HS players but will live in the transfer portal. “We’re like the NBA. We can build through free agency or through the draft. We’ll take the surer thing.”
— Fran Fraschilla (@franfraschilla) May 24, 2021
">a report from ESPN's Fran Fraschilla, a coach at a top 40 program at the Division I level said that he would be focusing exclusively on recruiting transfers. The anonymous individual said that he would no longer recruit high school players and would rather take "the surer thing."
"One Top 40 program coach told me last week that they will no longer recruit HS players but will live in the transfer portal," Fraschilla tweeted this week, per 247Sports. 'We’re like the NBA. We can build through free agency or through the draft. We’ll take the surer thing.'"
The report is interesting to say the least. For decades, college basketball coaches have pined after the best high school players in the country, and more recently the world, to round out their roster. It's difficult to believe that one individual coach would just completely ditch that aspect of recruiting.
However, the transfer portal provides a lot of upside for college basketball coaches. Players will already have collegiate experience under their belt and will often time prove to be more complete products. Having more developed and more mature players will likely lead to more wins for that particular program.
With the recent influx of players into the transfer portal, the anonymous coach should have his pick of the talented group. The program will still need to win recruiting battles against other top schools in the country which could make the portal a battleground moving forward.