2024-25 Big Ten Free Agent Signings

Big Ten only so we can track 2024-25 rosters. We’ll assume players aren’t lying when they’ve already announced they’re returning. If not Big Ten-related, put it in the other thread, don’t want it here.

These are scholarship players only. I’ll try to keep this updated as 💩 hits the fan:



Kaleb Banks free agent
Trey Galloway returning
CJ Gunn free agent
Anthony Leal returning
Mackenzie Mgbako returning
Malik Reneau returning
Payton Sparks transfers back to Ball State
Kel'el Ware to NBA Draft

Dasonte Bowen free agent
Patrick McCaffery free agent
Tony Perkins free agent

Noah Batchelor transfers to Buffalo
Ja’Kobi Gillespie (Belmont) transfers in
Jahnathan Lamothe free agent
Julian Reese returning
Rodney Rice (Virginia Tech) transfers in

Caelub Swanton-Rodger free agent

Dug McDaniel free agent
Youssef Khayet free agent
Tarris Reed Jr. free agent
George Washington III free agent

Xavier Booker returning


Braeden Carrington free agent
Elijah Hawkins returning
Isaiah Ihnen free agent
Kristupas Keinys free agent
Mike Mitchell Jr. returning
Joshua Ola-Joseph free agent
Pharrel Payne free agent

Blaise Keita free agent
Ramel Lloyd Jr. free agent
Eli Rice free agent
C.J. Wilcher free agent



Bowen Hardman free agent


Penn State

Favour Aire free agent
Jameel Brown free agent
Kanye Clary transfers to Mississippi State
Bragi Gudmundsson free agent
Puff Johnson returning
Demetrius Lilley free agent
Kachi Nzeh (Xavier) transfers in



Antonio Chol transfers to Howard
Gavin Griffiths free agent
Mawot Mag free agent
Clifford Omoruyi free agent
Derek Simpson free agent
Antwone Woolfolk free agent



Kobe Johnson free agent
Oziyah Sellers free agent
Kijani Wright free agent

Koren Johnson free agent

Connor Essegian free agent
AJ Storr free agent
Gus Yalden free agent
If you get bored it would be interesting to note who among the transfers out was seeing regular playing time for their old team. If you have time now that you don't have to mess with trying to seed teams for the tournament..... :)

So much more movement to be had over the next month, but seeing options like this potentially is good.

When I've been looking at big men prospects, their free throw shooting has been very important to me. For Dainja, I'd overlook that.

Middleton is completely delusional about the NBA. He played 12 mpg and was really inefficient for a mediocre OSU team.

These go in the "guys state they're officially not leaving" bucket, but Thornton in particular is probably worth the specific statement.


I have always thought the weirdest thing about the
These go in the "guys state they're officially not leaving" bucket, but Thornton in particular is probably worth the specific statement.

Cracks me up that is qualifies as big news now when a sophomore declarers he is coming back for his junior year. Couple years ago that would have just been assumed, now we have to wait around for guys to declare they are returning......so strange.

I'm generally scanning over the new entries on VerbalCommits once or twice a day, but I admit I'm having to remind myself each time to look out for the logos of the 4 ex-P12 teams, too.


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