Louisville has landed Damion Lee, a 6-foot-6 wing that was the most sought-after graduate transfer on the market this spring. He’ll be eligible immediately.
Lee announced his decision on twitter on Thursday morning. As a junior at Drexel, Lee averaged 21.4 points before a hand injury sidelined him for the final month of the season. He’ll have a chance to make a major impact for the Cardinals, one that Louisville fans waited four years to get from Wayne Blackshear.
The addition of Lee only bolsters one of the best recruiting classes in the country. Louisville brings in powerful combo-guard Donovan Mitchell, talented wing Deng Adel and big man Ray Spalding as well as Trey Lewis, a graduate transfer from Cleveland State that can handle point guard duties and really shoot it from deep. With Terry Rozier, Montrezl Harrell, Shaqquan Aaron and Blackshear all leaving the program, this was an infusion of talent that the Cardinals really needed.
Louisville returns sophomore Quentin Snider and Chinanu Onuaku as well as junior Mangok Mathiang.
Nigel Williams-Goss is transferring out of the Washington program, according to multiple reports.
Clay Dade, a figure in high school basketball’s summer circuit, says that Williams-Goss has already received his release. Doug Gottlieb of CBS Sports confirmed the report, saying that a “lack of cohesion” between Williams-Goss and the team was one of the reasons that Washington’s season imploded.
Williams-Goss averaged 15.6 points, 5.9 assists and 4.7 boards this past season and will immediately become one of the nation’s most coveted transfers. He’s a former top 50 recruit and one of the nation’s best point guards.
Johnathan Williams III is expected to announce he is transferring from Missouri, sources told NBCSports.com.
Williams was the leading scorer and rebounder for the Tigers this season, as the 6-foot-8 sophomore averaged 11.9 points and 7.1 boards.
A Memphis native, Williams was ranked No. 42 in the Class of 2013 by Rivals. He originally signed with Missouri when Frank Haith, who is now the head coach at Tulsa, was still in Columbia. Earlier this spring, assistant coach Tim Fuller, Missouri’s lead recruiter for Williams, parted ways with the program.
Missouri finished the year 9-23 in their first season under Kim Anderson. They went just 3-15 in SEC play.
With the season starting to come to a close for so many teams around the country, the transfer market is starting to heat up, and it didn’t take long for a high priority target to become available.
Evan Payne announced on Instagram on Monday night that he will be transferring out of Loyola Marymount.
“I have come to my decision to end my time here at LMU,” Payne wrote. “I’m just on an intense mission to achieve goals that some would believe to be impossible for me to reach.”
A 6-foot-1 sophomore point guard, Payne averaged 18.0 points as a sophomore, but by the end of the season he had been suspended for a violation of team rules and relegated to a role coming off the bench.
Payne will be highly sought after. I mean, just check this out:
Akoy Agau will be transferring out of the Louisville program. The news was first reported by WRDB in Louisville.
Agau had lost his spot in the rotation this season, and with the number of talented young big men currently in the program, it did not look like he was ever going to get it back. He played in just three games this season.
Agau was the No. 87 recruit in the Class of 2013, picking Louisville over Nebraska, among others. He’s quite talented, but he could never gain a footing within the program. As one source close to the program put it, he “lacks confidence” and has “no killer instinct”. When you’re competing with Montrezl Harrell and Chinanu Onuaku for playing time, that’s an easy way to fid yourself buried on the bench.
Less than two weeks removed from the announcement that he would be leaving Kansas, point guard Connor Frankamp is getting ready to make his second visit, according to a report from the Denver Post.
Frankamp is expected to make his way to Colorado this weekend to visit the school. This comes of the heels of a visit to Wichita State last week.
Frankamp was the No. 34 recruit in the Class of 2013, according to Rivals, and a part of the recruiting class that included Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid. The 6-foot- guard is a sharpshooter and played a major role during the two Kansas NCAA tournament games, but his role with the Jayhawks seemed limited moving forward.
He announced his decision to transfer last week.
“I’ve been thinking about this for a while now,” Frankamp said in a Oct. 31 statement. “I love KU and I love the Jayhawks. I feel like I’ve improved quite a bit since I’ve been here. I love my teammates but I just don’t feel like it’s the right fit for me. We have many good guards and so many big-time players. I want to be at a place where I could play a bigger role.”
Frankamp is a Wichita native. He will be eligible to play after the first semester of the 2015-2016 season.