Plenty of teams are in hot pursuit of the services of Arizona State transfer Austin Nunez this offseason. On Friday evening, college basketball insider Jon Rothstein reported on Twitter that Nunez has planned upcoming visits to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Ole Miss Rebels. As a freshman last year, Nunez averaged 4.5 points and 1.1 rebounds per game. The sharpshooter averaged 37.7% from three-point range and 81.8% from the free throw line. He also had seven games this season where he connected on multiple three-pointers.
On3’s RPM currently predicts Nunez will land with the Ole Miss Rebels. Created in partnership with Spiny.ai, the RPM is the industry’s first algorithm and machine learning-based product to predict where athletes will attend college. He’s currently ranked as the No. 31 point guard in On3’s 2023 Transfer Portal Rankings for that position. Plenty of other teams are interested in him, too. Texas, Baylor, Maryland, and Vanderbilt are also showing heavy interest in the sharpshooter, per Tobias Bass of The Athletic.
As a high school basketball prospect coming out of Wagner High School (San Antonio, Texas), Nunez was one of the most highly regarded players in the country for the 2022 cycle. According to the On3 Industry Rankings, he was rated as the No. 93 overall prospect in America and a four-star prospect. He was also a McDonald’s All-American nominee his senior year of high school.
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Austin Nunez visiting two schools and more transfer portal background information
The NCAA Transfer Portal, which covers every NCAA sport at the Division I, II and III levels, is a private database with names of student-athletes who wish to transfer. It is not accessible to the public.
The process of entering the portal is done through a school’s compliance office. Once a player provides written notification of an intent to transfer, the office enters the player’s name in the database and everything is off and running. The compliance office has 48 hours to comply with the player’s request and that request cannot be refused.
Once a player’s name shows up in the portal, other schools can contact the player. Players can change their minds at any point and withdraw from the portal. However, once a player enters the portal, the current scholarship no longer has to be honored. In other words, if a player enters the portal but decides to stay, the school is not obligated to provide a scholarship anymore.
The database is a normal database, sortable by a variety of topics, including (of course) sport and name. A player’s individual entry includes basic details such as contact info, whether the player was on scholarship and whether the player is transferring as a graduate student.
A player can ask that a “do not contact” tag be placed on the report. In those instances, the players don’t want to be contacted by schools unless they’ve initiated the communication.
The portal has been around since Oct. 15, 2018 and the new calendar cycle within the portal begins each August. For example, the 2021-22 cycle started Aug. 1. During the 2020-21 cycle, 2,626 FBS football players entered the transfer portal (including walk-ons). That comes after 1,681 entered during the 2019-20 cycle and 1,709 during the abbreviated 2018-19 cycle. In comparison, 1,833 Division I basketball players entered the portal during the 2020-21 cycle after totals of 1,020 in 2019-20 and 1,063 in 2018-19.
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