Grad transfers continue as 2019-20 Big Ten rosters begin to take shape

  • 05/03/2019 9:04 am in

With the spring signing period in full swing and graduate transfers coming off the board each day, there continues to be significant movement with Big Ten rosters for the 2019-20 season. With that in mind, it’s time for another updated look at who is coming and going in the Big Ten for the 2019-20 season.

(Note: This is the third post in a series that will be updated multiple times in the coming months. In most instances, only scholarship players are included. If we missed anything, please email corrections to [email protected] or post in the comments.)


· Returning: Alan Griffin, Trent Frazier, Kipper Nichols, Tevian Jones, Andres Feliz, Ayo Dosunmu, Giorgi Bezhanishvili, Da’Monte Williams, Samba Kane, Anthony Higgs
· NBA draft early entrants: None
· Arriving: Kofi Cockburn (247Composite top 100), Bernard Kouma
· Departing: Aaron Jordan (graduation), Adonis De La Rosa (graduation)

Notes: Since our last update, Antwan January was released from his letter of intent with Illinois and committed to New Mexico. The Illini are a top half Big Ten team entering next season with nearly every notable piece returning, including Dosunmu, who didn’t even test the NBA draft process.


· Returning: De’Ron Davis, Race Thompson, Jerome Hunter, Rob Phinisee, Damezi Anderson
· NBA draft early entrants: Romeo Langford, Devonte Green, Al Durham Jr., Justin Smith
· Arriving: Trayce Jackson-Davis (247Composite top 100), Armaan Franklin, Joey Brunk (graduate transfer from Butler)
· Departing: Juwan Morgan (graduation), Evan Fitzner (graduation), Zach McRoberts (graduation), Jake Forrester (transfer), Clifton Moore (transfer)

Notes: The Hoosiers added Brunk, a Butler grad transfer, last month. But Archie Miller still needs to address the biggest issue on this roster: a lack of perimeter shooting. Indiana remains in the mix for class of 2019 guard Lester Quinones, who will announce his decision on May 10. Green, Durham Jr. and Smith are all expected to return to school.


· Returning: Jordan Bohannon, Jack Nunge, CJ Fredrick, Ryan Kriener, Connor McCaffery, Cordell Pemsl, Luka Garza
· NBA draft early entrants: Joe Wieskamp, Tyler Cook
· Arriving: Pat McCaffery (247Composite top 100), Joe Toussaint
· Departing: Nicolas Baer (graduation), Maishe Dailey (transfer), Isaiah Moss (transfer)

Notes:The Hawkeyes were dealt a blow this week with the news that Moss has entered his name into the NCAA transfer portal.


· Returning: Jalen Smith, Eric Ayala, Joshua Tomaic, Aaron Wiggins, Serrel Smith Jr., Darryl Morsell, Ricky Lindo Jr.
· NBA draft early entrants: Bruno Fernando, Anthony Cowan
· Arriving: Makhi Mitchell (247Composite top 100), Donta Scott, Makhel Mitchell, Hakim Hart
· Departing: Ivan Bender (graduation), Trace Ramsey (transfer)

Notes: Mark Turgeon is hoping that Cowan will return for his senior season in College Park to lead a talented roster that will also include a likely 2020-first round pick in Smith.


· Returning: Zavier Simpson, Jon Teske, David DeJulius, Isaiah Livers, Austin Davis, Adrian Nunez, Colin Castleton, Brandon Johns, Eli Brooks
· NBA draft early entrants: Jordan Poole, Ignas Brazdeikis, Charles Matthews
· Arriving: Jalen Wilson (247Composite top 100), Cole Bajema
· Departing: None

Notes: The Wolverines had three players enter the draft and it seems unlikely that any of them will be on next season’s roster. After failing to land William and Mary grad transfer Justin Pierce, John Beilein will have to look elsewhere for perimeter help next season.

Michigan State

· Returning: Cassius Winston, Joshua Langford, Aaron Henry, Kyle Ahrens, Xavier Tillman, Foster Loyer, Gabe Brown, Thomas Kithier, Marcus Bingham Jr.
· NBA draft early entrants: Nick Ward
· Arriving: Malik Hall (247Composite top 100), Rocket Watts (247Composite top 100), Julius Marble
· Departing: Matt McQuaid (graduation), Kenny Goins (graduation)

Notes: The Spartans return one of the preseason favorites for national player of the year in Winston, but are losing Ward to the NBA draft.


· Returning: Eric Curry, Gabe Kalscheur, Daniel Oturu, Jarvis Omersa, Marcus Carr, Michael Hurt, Payton Willis
· NBA draft early entrants: Amir Coffey
· Arriving: Tre Williams, Sam Freeman, Aliham Demir (grad transfer from Drexel), Isaiah Inhen
· Departing: Jordan Murphy (graduation), Isiah Washington (transfer), Dupree McBrayer (graduation), Brock Stull (graduation), Matz Stockman (graduation)

Notes: Since our last update, the Gophers added Demir, a grad transfer from Drexel and Inhen, who is the No. 87 player in the 2019 class according to the 247Sports.


· Returning: Karrington Davis, Amir Harris, Dachon Burke, Thorir Thorbjarnarson
· NBA draft early entrants: Isaiah Roby
· Arriving: Jervay Green, Akol Arop, Haanif Cheatham (graduate transfer from Florida Gulf Coast), Dalano Banton (transfer from Western Kentucky), Matej Kavas (graduate transfer from Seattle), Cameron Mack
· Departing: Isaac Copeland (graduation), James Palmer Jr. (graduation), Thomas Allen (transfer), Glynn Watson Jr. (graduation), Tanner Borchardt (graduation), Johnny Trueblood (graduation), Nana Akenten (transfer), Brady Heiman (transfer)

Notes: There continues to be plenty of activity in Lincoln as Heiman announced recently that he’s transferring out and Fred Hoiberg added a grad transfer in Kavas and a sitout transfer in Banton. Nebraska also signed a junior college guard in Mack. The Huskers aren’t done filling out this season’s roster.


· Returning: A.J. Turner, Ryan Greer, Miller Kopp, Pete Nance, Anthony Gaines, Ryan Young
· NBA draft early entrants: None
· Arriving: Robbie Beran (247Composite top 100), Jared Jones, Daniel Buie
· Departing: Aaron Falzon (transfer), Barret Benson (transfer), Vic Law (graduation), Dererk Pardon (graduation), Jordan Ash (transfer), Ryan Taylor (graduation)

Notes: The Wildcats add a very solid recruit in Beran, but lose three of their top players in Law, Pardon and Taylor. It could be another long season in Evanston for Chris Collins.

Ohio State

· Returning: Musa Jallow, CJ Walker, Andre Wesson, Luther Muhammad, Duane Washington Jr., Justin Ahrens, Kyle Young
· NBA draft early entrants: Kaleb Wesson
· Arriving: DJ Carton (247Composite top 100), Alonzo Gaffney (247Composite top 100), EJ Liddell (247Composite top 100), Ibrahima Diallo
· Departing: CJ Jackson (graduation), Jaedon LeDee (transfer), Keyshawn Woods (graduation)

Notes: The Buckeyes look like a top tier team in the Big Ten if Wesson returns to school.

Penn State

· Returning: Myles Dread, Daniil Kasatkin, Izaiah Brockington, Myreon Jones, Mike Watkins, John Harrar, Jamari Wheeler, Trent Buttrick
· NBA draft early entrants: Lamar Stevens
· Arriving: Seth Lundy, Abdou Tsimbila, Patrick Kelly
· Departing: Josh Reaves (graduation), Deivis Zemgulis (graduation), Rasir Bolton (transfer)

Notes:Since our last update, the Nittany Lions lost Bolton, a promising guard who entered his name in the transfer portal. The Stevens stay or go decision remains one of the biggest in the conference.


· Returning: Matt Haarms, Aaron Wheeler, Eric Hunter, Trevion Williams, Emmanuel Dowuona, Evan Boudreaux, Sasha Stefanovic, Nojel Eastern
· NBA draft early entrants: Carsen Edwards
· Arriving: Mason Gillis, Isaiah Thompson, Brandon Newman, Jahaad Proctor (graduate transfer from High Point)
· Departing: Ryan Cline (graduation), Grady Eifert (graduation)

Notes: Edwards is staying in the draft, but Matt Painter has a solid returning nucleus and recently added one of the top scoring guards on the grad transfer market in Proctor.


· Returning: Geo Baker, Eugene Omoruyi, Myles Johnson, Mamadou Doucoure, Montez Mathis, Shaq Carter, Ron Harper Jr., Caleb McConnell, Jacob Young, Peter Kiss
· NBA draft early entrants: None
· Arriving: Paul Mulcahy, Akwasi Yeboah (graduate transfer from Stony Brook)
· Departing: Shaquille Doorson (graduation), Issa Thiam (dismissed from program)

Notes: The Scarlet Knights added to their roster this week as Yeboah, who averaged 16.7 points last season at Stony Brook, committed to Steve Pikiell.


· Returning: D’Mitrik Trice, Brevin Pritzl, Micah Potter, Aleem Ford, Kobe King, Brad Davison, Nate Reuvers, Trevor Anderson, Taylor Currie, Joe Hedstrom
· NBA draft early entrants: None
· Arriving: Tyler Wahl
· Departing: Ethan Happ (graduation), Charles Thomas (graduation), Khalil Iverson (graduation), Tai Strickland (transfer)

Notes: The Badgers are tough to project following the graduation of Happ, one of the most decorated players in program history. Wisconsin is one of four schools reportedly involved with the Hauser brothers, who will have to sit out next season.

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