The proportion of minutes played by transfers in major conference men’s basketball programs jumped in the 2021-2022 season compared to the previous season, as both the additional season of eligibility granted due to the pandemic and Adoption of the NCAA single transfer rule For income generation, sports have changed the landscape of the game.
Transfers accounted for 40% of minutes played in major conference programs last season, up from 25% a year earlier. Even the figure of 25% in 2020-2021 represents a significant increase from the level of minutes earned for transfers before the pandemic. The changes were deep and fast.
No team better embodied this trend in the 2021/22 season than Florida. The Gators gave a whopping 89% of their available minutes to transfers. Colin Castleton (who arrived at Michigan State University via Michigan), Flandrus Fleming (South Charleston), Tyree Appleby (Cleveland State), Anthony Duruji (Louisiana Tech), Mireon Jones (Pennsylvania State), Brandon McKissick (Kansas City) and CJ Felder. (Boston College) ranked seven of Florida’s top nine scorers.
It is likely that in the 2022/23 season, under the leadership of freshman head coach Todd Golden, the Gators will once again show a transfer look. Castleton, Jones and Felder are expected to return, with UF adding incoming signings for Trey Bonham (from VMI), Kyle Lofton (St. Bonaventure), Will Richard (Belmont) and Alex Fudge (LSU).
While Florida has been an exception in 2021-22, the trend in college basketball has been unmistakable. Last season, at least 24 major conference teams, nearly a third of all schools, spent more time transferring than players who originally signed up for the program after high school.
Take a look at the highest percentages of minutes played by transfers in major conference programs in the 2021-22 season: