SEC Basketball: 5 biggest transfer portal winners of 2023 offseason

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY - MARCH 24: Head coach Nate Oats of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts during the first half in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament against the San Diego State Aztecs at KFC YUM! Center on March 24, 2023 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY - MARCH 24: Head coach Nate Oats of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts during the first half in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament against the San Diego State Aztecs at KFC YUM! Center on March 24, 2023 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) /
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3. Ole Miss Rebels

We begin the top three at No. 3 with Ole Miss and new head coach Chris Beard, as the Rebels have landed one of the SEC’s top transfer classes so far this offseason, adding six commitments. Of the six, arguably the biggest is that of Georgetown guard Brandon Murray, a former 2021-22 SEC All-Freshman selection at LSU who averaged 13.7 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 3.2 APG, and 1.4 SPG in 27 games a year ago with the Hoyas.

In addition to Murray, Ole Miss has added three additional transfers to their backcourt, with one coming from within the SEC in Auburn’s Allen Flanigan, who averaged a combined 8.5 PPG, 4.2 RPG, and 1.5 APG across the last four seasons with the Tigers. The Rebels other two backcourt additions came from Saint Peter’s guard Jaylen Murray, as well as Arizona State’s Austin Nunez.

As for Ole Miss’ two frontcourt additions, you could certainly make the argument that the Rebels landed two of SEC basketball’s most impactful defensive additions at the position in Moussa Cisse and Jamarion Sharp. Cisse, the 2021-22 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, averaged a combined 7 PPG, 7.3 RPG, and 1.9 BPG across the last two seasons at Oklahoma State, while Sharp, who is the two-time defending CUSA Defensive Player of the Year, has averaged a combined 7.8 PPG, 7.6 RPG, and 4.4 BPG the last two years at Western Kentucky.