While there are 16 college basketball programs still competing for a championship, Mike Boynton has been evaluating players who could help the program reach the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA Tournament for years to come.
While it is expected Boynton will look to add at least one more high school recruit to fill out one of this two available 2019 scholarships, the second will most likely be filled on the transfer market.
Here’s an updated list of transfer players to keep an eye on the next few months.
Rayjon Tucker | Guard/Forward | Little Rock | Graduate Transfer
One of the hottest prospects on the transfer market athletic 6-foot-5 wing Rayjon Tucker. The 2018-19 All-Sun Belt second teamer averaged 20.3 points and 6.7 rebounds per game last season, while shooting 49.1 percent from the field and 41.1 percent from three point range. He will be looking for a home for the third different time after beginning his career at Florid Gulf Coast.
He will have one year of eligibility remaining, so landing him could be similar to a Kendall Smith type situation. Tucker has heard from a long list of schools since announcing that he would be transferring for his final season.
The new schools to reach out to Little Rock transfer Rayjon Tucker are Gonzaga, Oklahoma State, Boston College, NC State, Michigan, Tennessee USC, Seton Hall and Oregon.— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) March 24, 2019
Noah Horchler | Forward | North Florida | Sit One-Play One
Horchler is a 6-foot-8 junior big man who averaged 16 points and 9.3 rebounds per game, while shooting 51 percent from the field last season for the Ospreys. Wherever Horchler lands, he will have to sit out a year before playing out his final year of eligibility.
Horchler was removed from the team back in February for violating team rules, leading to his transfer. To be honest, with the issues OSU has had with guys being removed from the team the last two season, bringing in Horchler might be a bigger gamble than Boynton needs to make right now.
Darius McNeill | Guard | Cal | Sit One-Play Two
Oklahoma State is also in on a transfer from California Berkley. According to Corey Evans with Rivals, Boynton and his staff have been in contact with Cal transfer Darius McNeill.
Oklahoma State, Pitt, TCU, Northwestern, Nevada, Rice, SMU and Cincinnati have all been in contact with Cal transfer Darius McNeill; sit one, play two guard that averaged over 11 points last season— Corey Evans (@coreyevans_10) March 26, 2019
McNeill shot 40.1 percent from the field in his freshman season at Cal, and set the Golden Bears record for three point field goals made by a freshman with 67. McNeill is a 6 foot 3 guard from Westfield High School in Houston, Texas. He was a 4-star recruit out of high school who originally committed to Iowa State before changing his mind and enrolling at Cal.
McNeill would have to sit out next season before playing out his final two years of eligibility. Oklahoma State will be losing sharp-shooters Thomas Dziagwa and Lindy Waters after this upcoming season. Having McNeill waiting to take on one of their roles in 2020 would be nice for the depth of the OSU roster.