I think this topic deserves to be separate from the Portal Transfer Needs thread.
- When does it end? It seems that there will be some period after the Final Four is concluded before the transfers are filed. For example, Ohio State’s season just ended and now three have entered the portal. Perhaps others from the Final Four?
- What factors give a team an upper hand?
- A) Being a top team? Several have noted that the rich get richer. But that can only be true for a few players that can play on the top teams.
- B) Does being a longer tenured coach help? For example, coach had recruited a player from high school freshman year, but missed (maybe second choice). Now player is a sophomore and transferring (still has a relationship with that coach: 4 of last six years) and is still wanted by that coach. (If this really is a factor, the coaches like Whalen and those with less tenure are disadvantaged). I thought I recalled that Pitino had kept up with some players that transferred to the Gophers. Now that might be a regular thing for coaches that “miss” on a recruit?
- C) They want to play at or near their home? We have seen plenty of examples on the Gophers.
- D) They want to play, not be on a bench. Team needs to convince them that there is a definite need and that they will be playing. This desire could also cause a player to move from Power 5 to another “lower” power conference.
- E) The player wants to play in a Power 5 conference like the B1G (moving from a “lower” power conference. Now the recruiting team needs to be convinced that the skills will play at that level (and likely convince transfer players that they will meaningful game time).
- I suspect others will think of other factors, etc. I just wanted to start the conversation.