College Basketball has a few major problems. One is going on inside a court of law, the other is changing the product on the hardwood. And because of that Jeff Goodman called up the freshly unemployed Tim Miles to get his thoughts on today’s biggest issues.
Transferring is Changing College Basketball
And it’s hurting the middle class.
As a Syracuse fan I love the transfer portal. We’ve seen a dip in high-end recruiting ever since Mike Hopkins left the Orange a few years ago. However Jim Boeheim established a winning program years ago. Just because the best of the best do not choose Syracuse regularly anymore does not mean the program is going to take a massive nose dive.
Actually on the contrary.
Every once in a while someone transfers from a different school to prop up the Orange. A few years ago it was Coach Miles’ very own Andrew White. White turned into a good 3-and-D player for Syracuse. “Back in my day” it was Wesley Johnson jetting from Iowa State. He was a bit older, yes, but he had a really polished game from the wing and leveraged his transfer into a top-five selection in the draft. It worked out for everybody.
Take this year as another example. Texas Tech’s best season ever was propelled, in part, by two grad transfers: Matt Mooney and Tariq Owens.
The list could go on-and-on.
But as Coach Miles mentions in this week’s episode of Good ‘N Plenty when you take from one another program suffers. And it’s not the big time schools that suffer. Jahvon Quinerly is leaving Villanova, he hasn’t decided where he’s going to school next. Regardless, I think the Wildcats are going to be okay. I think Jay Wright’s squad will have a decent year next year. Justin Pierce bolting from William & Mary to wherever, Rayjon Tucker leaving Little Rock for greener pastures, those are the ones that hurt college basketball the most.
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3:00 What’s it like being unemployed?
14:59 What’s the next step?
19:00 Transfer Portal discussion
32:30 Update on the college basketball scandal