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CBB Statistician Reveals How to Build Basketball Rosters in Modern Portal Era

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College basketball statistician Evan Miya released his three rules for building a basketball roster in the modern era of college athletics on Tuesday, which includes a deep dive into managing the transfer portal.

Miya included three separate areas to focus on and conducted research studies that span over three years with countless examples of successful team models.

 

NO. 1 – FILL YOUR ROSTER WITH GOOD BASKETBALL PLAYERS

“The most important (and obvious) strategy in roster construction will always be to fill your roster with skilled, talented players,” Miya said. “Suppose a coaching staff is deciding between two players, one who is definitely a better player than the other. In that case, it’s always the best choice to go with the more talented player, no matter what avenue of recruiting that player comes from (returning player, transfer portal, or high school).”

In an era where coaches spend more and more time recruiting through the transfer portal, Miya’s research shows that adding the best possible player, regardless of the path needed to recruit that player, should be prioritized. The skill level of each player is up for interpretation, but the simple answer is to add the best possible player for your team regardless of how the player gets there (returner, portal, or incoming freshman).

NO. 2 – RETURNING PLAYERS SHOULD ACCOUNT FOR AT LEAST 50% OF PLAYING TIME

“In my opinion, teams built around transfers struggle more often because transfers often fill a void for a potential returning player who was not retained,” Miya wrote. “Teams with many transfers will likely have very few returning players, and vice versa.”

Tip No. 2 has the largest room for error, as retaining players is a struggle in its own right. Teams that go through coaching changes oftentimes experience sizeable losses through the transfer portal, with players electing to transfer out and follow their coach or search for greener pastures. In the case of BYU, the losses were somewhat minimal because new head coach Kevin Young made his first priority about retaining players from the previous season. Still, teams like Kansas State lost most of their roster from the previous season despite retaining head coach Jerome Tang. The Wildcats are one of many examples of teams that have to recruit heavily due to the constantly changing landscape of modern college basketball.

NO. 3 – PRIORITIZE RECRUITING PLAYERS WHO WILL PLAY AT LEAST TWO SEASONS FOR YOU

“Another interesting takeaway from my research is the presence of star players on many of the most successful teams,” Miya continued. “If we look at every team that finished in the Top 10 at the end of the year, every single team had a player ranked inside the top 100 players in the preseason at EvanMiya.com, and 28 out of the 30 had at least one top 50 player.”

Miya references adding star players to the roster despite the path necessary to obtain them. However, his algorithm also places sizeable weight on the value of recruiting star players with multiple years of eligibility remaining.

Players like Kansas’ A.J. Storr, Kansas State’s Dug McDaniel, West Virginia’s Javon Small, Texas Tech’s JT Toppin, and many more earn praise because of their ability mixed with future years of eligibility remaining.

That’s not to say that athletes like Baylor’s Norchad Omier, West Virginia’s Tucker DeVries, Kansas State’s Coleman Hawkins, and BYU’s Mawot Mag, won’t have as large of an impact as others, but having multiple years of eligibility remaining is certainly a perk to roster construction.

While there are many ways to build a roster in the modern era of college basketball, studies show that following the tips from Evan Miya’s breakdown will help propel teams forward into a successful future.

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