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Who are the top transfers Indiana Basketball has to contend with in 2024-25?

BLOOMINGTON – According to 247 Sports, Indiana Basketball is currently ranked second in the country in the transfer portal.

Coach Mike Woodson has been reshaping the roster after missing the NCAA Tournament last season, but the portal was as busy as ever with teams from across the Big Ten just as active.

Here is a list of the top transfers IU faces in the 2024-25 season (in alphabetical order). This list will only grow in the coming weeks as some top names are still on the market and the Hoosiers complete their non-conference schedule:

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Top transfers Indiana Basketball will face in the 2024-25 season

Kylan Boswell, PG; Illinois (Arizona)

Kylan could be a breakout player in the Big Ten. He was solid at Arizona, but he's one of the youngest players in his class and still showed plenty of potential. He can shoot (37.9% from 3-point range last season), run pick-and-rolls effectively and is a plus defender.

Aaron Bradshaw, C; Ohio State (Kentucky)

The former consensus five-star prospect posted modest numbers with 4.9 points and 3.3 rebounds per game as a true freshman for Kentucky, but missed the entire preseason recovering from a foot injury and played limited minutes (13). .7 per game with only 10 starts). . The athletic 7-foot, 1,225-pounder will likely get some more playing time in Columbus. Indiana will play the Buckeyes twice in 2024-25.

Frankie Fidler, SF; Michigan State (Omaha)

Michigan State was the only Power Five team not to sign a transfer in 2022 and 2023. Coach Tom Izzo hopes Fidler can provide a boost to an offense that averaged just 72.9 points per game last season. Fiddler averaged 20.1 points (his third straight year averaging double figures) and 6.3 rebounds per game last season while shooting 45% from the field. He has also shot 35.4% from 3-point range over the course of his career.

Ja'Kobi Gillespie, PG; Maryland (Belmont)

Gillespie was Maryland's highest-rated transfer signee. He was a dynamic Missouri Valley Conference talent who had an impressive sophomore season – making the All-Conference second team, All-Defensive team and Most Improved team. He filled the stat sheet with 17.2 points, 4.2 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game. He shot 51.1% from the field in two seasons and 38.7% from 3-point range in the 2023-24 season. He will create an intriguing one-two punch alongside incoming freshman forward Derick Queen.

Vladislav Goldin, C; Michigan (FAU)

Dusty May brought a familiar face to Ann Arbor. The 7-foot, 1,240-pounder from Russia helped FAU reach the Final Four in 2022-23 as he was the only player on the team to start all 39 games. He shot 62.5% from the field while averaging 10.2 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Goldin improved his numbers across the board last season, including an impressive field goal percentage (67.3%). He's not a reach guy – he's never attempted a 3-pointer during his college career – but he's a hitter that May knows how to get the most out of.

Kobe Johnson, SF; UCLA (USC)

Not the most impressive offensive player – he has a career shooting percentage of 42.3% and averages just 1.7 free throw attempts per game – but he is an impressive lockdown defender who could challenge Mackenzie Mgabko. Johnson made the All-Pac 12 defensive team in consecutive seasons. Last season he had a steal rate of 4.1% (30th in Division 1 according to KenPom).

Big Osobor, C; Washington (Utah State)

One of the top frontcourt players in the transfer portal. Oobor reportedly received $2 million in NIL contracts for signing with Washington after winning the Mountain West Conference Player of the Year award. He will be an interesting matchup for IU's new big man Oumar Ballo. The 6-foot-1, 250-pound player averaged 17.7 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists with 15 double-doubles in 35 starts (33.7 minutes per game) last year. He spent the first two seasons of his career at Montana State.

Danny Wolf, C: Michigan (Yale)

New Michigan coach Dusty May was as active as Mike Woodson in the portal during the offseason, with an emphasis on strengthening at the post. Wolf, who has international experience playing for Team Israel at the 2023 FIBA ​​U20 European Championship, averaged 14.1 points (47.2%), 9.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists as a sophomore. He helped Yale pull off an opening-round upset of Auburn in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. He runs on the floor and fits well for his size.

Michael Niziolek is the Indiana beat reporter for The Bloomington Herald-Times. You can follow him on X @michaelniziolek Click here to read all of his coverage.

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