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Three Best Big 12 Basketball Transfer Portal Fits

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With the college basketball transfer portal providing coaches with the opportunity to revamp their roster on a season-to-season basis, some additions just make perfect sense.

In today’s article, we take a look at some of the best additions of the offseason, focusing on three players who will take the court as members of the Big 12 Conference in 2024-25.



While this list is in no particular order, Arizona’s Trey Townsend was the first name that came to mind. Townsend, a 6-foot-6 junior from Oxford, Michigan, was the Horizon League Player of the Year after posting some incredible junior season numbers.

Townsend is coming off back-to-back seasons averaging more than 16 points per game after posting 17.3 PPG as a junior and 16.5 as a sophomore. In 2023, Townsend also added 8.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game on 45.5% shooting from the field. The Michigan native also connected on 37.5% of his threes last season with Oakland.

Townsend was a hot commodity in the portal as the Wildcats had to beat out multiple nationally relevant teams for his services. The Michigan native is a great fit for Tommy Lloyd’s squad and should prove to be a name to follow in 2024-25.


What was the one thing that the Houston Cougars were missing after returning nearly their entire roster from the previous season? A point guard. The team lost First-Team All-American and Big 12 Player of the Year Jamal Shead to the NBA Draft but managed to retain a large cast of impressive players from the Coogs 2023-24 roster.

Kelvin Sampson quickly filled the void left by Jamal Shead’s departure by adding Oklahoma’s Milos Uzan, a proven player with Big 12 experience and multiple years of eligibility remaining. Uzan, a former member of the Big 12 All-Freshman team, was a key player for the Sooners last season, averaging 9.0 points, 4.4 assists, and 3.4 rebounds per game.

With two seasons of eligibility remaining for Uzan, Houston made an incredible addition to get their roster back into consideration as one of the nation’s best.



The third player worth mentioning on the best Big 12 transfer portal fits list is former Drake guard Kevin Overton. Grant McCasland quietly beat out four different Big 12 teams, including Houston, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and West Virginia, to land the former Bulldog.

Overton, a 6-foot-5 guard from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, was a highly coveted player in the transfer portal. Last season at Drake, Overton posted 11.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game on 44.0% shooting from the field. while also connecting on 34.6% of his shots from three.

Texas Tech head coach Grant McCasland is entering the second year of his tenure in Lubbock, and after making a splash in the transfer portal with Kevin Overton, Red Raiders fans should have a good feeling heading into 2024-25.

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