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Davion Mitchell, John Lucas III Lead ESPN’s Top 20 All-Time Transfers

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Davion Mitchell and John Lucas III were named two of the Top 20 college basketball transfers of all-time in a list put together by ESPN earlier this week.

Lucas was No. 2 and Mitchell was No. 3, with Loyola Marymount star Hank Gathers taking the No. 1 spot.

The author of the piece, John Gasaway, wrote that now that players can transfer once without having to sit out a season, this was a good time to assess the Top 20 transfers of all-time. Players could transfer before the rule but had to sit out a year.


Gathers, who died his senior season while playing for LMU, made the list because he was one of two players to lead the nation in scoring and rebounding in a season.

Mitchell started his career at Auburn before transferring to Baylor, sitting out a season and helping the Bears win the 2021 national championship. He won the 2021 Naismith Defensive Player of the Year Award, shot 45 percent from the 3-point line and was a lottery pick in the 2021 NBA Draft.

Lucas started his career at Baylor in 2001 but transferred to Oklahoma State in 2003 after the program was hit with NCAA penalties and scandal brought on by the Patrick Dennehy murder and former head coach Dave Bliss’s NCAA violations. The 2004 AP Big 12 Player of the Year helped the Cowboys to a pair of No. 2 seeds in the NCAA Tournament and helped the Cowboys to the 2004 Final Four.

Other Big 12 players that made the list:

Wes Johnson, who started his career at Iowa State (2006-08) but ended it at Syracuse (2009-10) was No. 7;

Lawrence Roberts, who played with Lucas at Baylor (200-03) and transferred to Mississippi State (2003-05) was No. 12;

Dedric Lawson, who started his career at Memphis (2015-17) and ended it at Kansas (2018-19) was No. 13;

And DeAndre Kane, who started his career at Marshall (2011-13) but ended it at Iowa State (2013-14) was No. 16.

The main criteria for being considered a transfer, per Gasaway, is someone who logged minutes playing for a different four-year program.

You can find Matthew Postins on Twitter @PostinsPostcard.

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