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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1. Alabama Crimson Tide

As for No. 1, you could also make an argument for the Arkansas Razorbacks at the top spot as mentioned previously, but Alabama however claims the label as SEC basketball’s biggest winner through the transfer portal this offseason. The defending SEC basketball champions have simply hit a home run through the portal after losing a significant amount of production from last season by landing four commitments at the moment, headlined by what is arguably the conference’s top transfer addition in forward Grant Nelson.

Nelson is one of two Alabama frontcourt transfers during the offseason, and joins the Crimson Tide after three seasons at North Dakota State in which he averaged a combined 12.1 PPG, 6 RPG, 1.3 APG, and 1.3 BPG on 50.8% shooting from the field. Joining Nelson in the frontcourt is also a recent addition in West Virginia’s Mohamed Wague, who averaged 4.1 PPG and 3.1 RPG off the Mountaineers bench a year ago.

Alabama’s two backcourt additions come from Hofstra’s Aaron Estrada and Cal State Fullerton’s Latrell Wrightsell Jr., with Estrada coming off back-to-back seasons in which he was named the CAA Player of the Year, averaging 19.3 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 4.6 APG, and 1.5 SPG combined between the two. Wrightsell averaged a combined 11.1 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 2 APG, and 1.2 SPG across the last three seasons, and is coming off a year in which he earned First Team All-Big West honors.

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