Gophers, Tommies to benefit from NCAA’s new transfer rule – About Your Online Magazine


The NCAA Division I Council adopted legislation on Thursday that would allow all of its athletes to transfer once and avoid staying out for a year.

The one-time transfer rule is expected to benefit the men’s basketball programs Gophers and St. Thomas next season.

The previous rule long ago forced transfers of non-graduates in high-level sports, such as football and basketball, to receive layoffs due to difficulties in order to avoid sitting for a year.

All of this is expected to change officially on April 28, when the Division I Board of Directors votes on the one-time transfer exception, which gives immediate eligibility to all initial transfers beginning in the 2021-22 academic year.

College basketball saw a historic number of players, totaling more than 1,000, on the portal this year in anticipation of the NCAA decision.

“The one-time transfer rule has definitely caused some chaos across the college basketball world,” said the transfer from the Northeast and former Cretin-Derham Hall owner, J’Vonne Hadley. “But honestly, I think it’s better for the players. At the same time, it creates great opportunities.”

St. Thomas basketball brought in former local stars Hadley and Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Courtney Brown Jr., of East Ridge, to help transition the Tommies from Division III to Division I of the Summit League next season.

“When I heard they were going to allow transfers immediately, it was something I needed to take advantage of,” said Brown Jr .. “I decided to go home and play in front of my family and friends. We’re making history, so it’s fun to be part of a opportunity like this. “

George Washington’s sophomore striker Jamison Battle said he was also “very happy” after hearing the news on Thursday that he would likely play immediately for new Gophers coach Ben Johnson.

Battle, a 6-7 ex-DeLaSalle standout, was the first of four recruits to commit to Johnson this spring. The other three players should not be left out under the old NCAA rules as undergraduate transfers.

The new NCAA legislation for a single transfer exception applies to men’s and women’s basketball, football, baseball and men’s ice hockey, which previously faced restrictions.

However, athletes in these sports who transferred earlier and enter the portal again will still need to receive an exemption from difficulty to play immediately, according to the NCAA.

Starting next year, the deadline for players to enter the portal and be eligible for the one-time transfer rule in autumn and wind sports is May 1st. This year alone, the NCAA extended that period to July 1.

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