Men's Basketball

King men’s basketball program committed violations

The King (Tennessee) men’s basketball program committed violations involving the university’s work-study program, impermissible benefits and academic misconduct.

NCAA Senior Vice President of Basketball Dan Gavitt’s statement on preparation for 2020-21 basketball season

As we prepare for the 2020-21 college basketball season, we have exercised patience and discipline in monitoring the effects of COVID-19 and making decisions regarding the season.

Former Bowling Green basketball player leading Division I SAAC

The former walk-on at Bowling Green didn’t log a whole lot of minutes and scored only 9 points throughout his four-year career. However, he had a strong reputation for being the team’s hype man.

Jim Phillips to chair the men’s basketball committee in 2021-22

Phillips has served on the committee since the 2017-18 season; Kentucky’s Mitch Barnhart to chair committee this coming season.

Tracking Transfer in Division I Men’s Basketball

National data indicate that many of today’s college graduates transfer at some point on their way to a degree.  This is true among student-athletes as well, and may be most visible in Division I men’s basketball (MBB).  Since 2015, NCAA Research has been tracking the destinations of Division I men’s basketball transfers and uncovered some interesting findings:

  • The rate of transfer between four-year colleges in Division I MBB is high relative to most other sports, but not the highest (see tables in full report).
  • The number of 4-4 transfers on Division I MBB squads has increased in each of the past two years (blue line in Figure 1).  This is coupled with a relatively stable percent of two-year college transfers in MBB (red line).
  • That said, NCAA Research has found that about 40% of all MBB players who enter Division I directly out of high school depart their initial school by the end of their sophomore year.

Where do these transfers end up? Transfers were identified by merging the 2019 Division I Basketball Transfers list from the Verbal Commits website with all Division I men’s basketball student-athletes listed in the 2018-19 Transfer Portal. 694 of the players on the list were identified as transferring to another school and joining the basketball team. 54% of the transfers went to another Division I school (often to a less competitive program), while the others typically left for Division II, NAIA or 2-year colleges (Figure 2).

Generally, over 80% of all MBB transfers say they leave for athletic reasons. Absent proper academic planning, many of these SAs lose credits upon transfer and register lower Academic Progress Rates (APRs) and graduation rates at their new schools than seen among non-transfers.

Trend in the Proportion of Men's Basketball Transfers in Division I APR Cohorts
Transfer Destination of Division I Men's Basketball Players

PowerPoint describing methods and data in more detail.

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(Published July 2020)

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Q&A with former Colgate star Adonal Foyle

Retired NBA player and former Colgate standout Adonal Foyle has a unique perspective on the current social unrest in the United States.

Idaho men’s basketball program violated NCAA rules

The University of Idaho men’s basketball head coach instructed two noncoaching staff members to engage in impermissible coaching activities

DI Council approves plan for men’s and women’s basketball summer activities

The Division I Council approved a plan for summer athletics activities for men’s and women’s basketball. The Council met virtually Wednesday.

Fall recruiting calendar proposed in men’s basketball

The Division I Men’s Basketball Oversight Committee proposed a temporary fall recruiting calendar on Monday.


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