Transfers paying off at contenders

The new transfer portal rules in NCAA college sports have benefitted a select few athletes greater than others this season as the hoops season soon heads into March Madness.



February 14, 2023 - 3:12 PM

Mark Sears (1) makes a move during the first half. The Alabama men's basketball team hosts Florida in Coleman Coliseum Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2023. The Crimson Tide won 97-69. (Ben Flanagan /

Free agency has come to college basketball with the NCAA’s determination that transfers need not sit out a year before playing.

That has given programs with holes to fill access to players to fill those holes, but not all of them work out. Here are six that have, based not only on their production but the team’s clear benefit:

MARK SEARS, 6-foot-1, 185 pounds, junior, No. 1 Alabama

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