It’s been a busy week for the NCAA transfer portal and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.
On Friday afternoon, the Xavier University men’s basketball team entered their third player on the portal this week.
Head coach Travis Steele confirmed that newcomer CJ Wilcher has entered the transfer portal and joined sophomores KyKy Tandy and Daniel Ramsey on departure from Victory Parkway.
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Wilcher, a 6-foot-5 guard from New Jersey, really came to life for the Musketeers late last season and was part of the future plan with fellow classmates Colby Jones and Dwon Odom.
Wilcher’s decision came days after Senior Guard Nate Johnson announced he would return next season to take advantage of the free year of eligibility due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Johnson’s decision to return would certainly have affected Wilcher’s playing time next season.
Wilcher played 15 games and started one game last season. He averaged 10.1 minutes per game and 3.3 points. He came to Xavier with the reputation of a rifleman and went from beyond the arc 10 against 29.
Transfers have been quite common lately. The NCAA is expected to pass a rule later this year that will remove the sit-out rule for first-time transfers. With no transfers having to skip a season, this is a rule that makes transfers easier than ever.
This week, between Xavier and the University of Cincinnati men’s basketball team, nine local players joined the transfer portal.