Joe Toussaint enters NCAA Transfer Portal

Joe Toussaint enters NCAA Transfer Portal

The offseason dominoes continue to fall. Shortly after Keegan Murray declared for the 2022 NBA Draft, a source confirmed to HawkeyeInsider that Iowa point guard Joe Toussaint has decided to enter the NCAA Transfer Portal.

The max effort guard was a threat defensively for Iowa. When Toussaint was on the floor, there was no jogging or laziness. The 6-foot guard out of Bronx, New York was a playmaker on both ends of the court for Iowa and helped give them a new change of pace when he entered the game.

“After much consideration and thought, I have decided to put my name in the transfer portal to pursue an expanded role at another institution,” Toussaint said on social media. “I am thankful for my teammates, coaches, and fans for a memorable three years. Winning a Big Ten Championship and building lifelong relationships during my time in Iowa City is something I will always cherish.”

“We want to thank Joe Toussaint for being an integral part of multiple NCAA Tournament teams and a Big Ten championship team,” Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery said in a statement. “He brought great effort and character to our program. He will be great wherever he goes, and we wish him the very best moving forward.”

Toussaint was a member of the 2019 class for Iowa that also consisted of Patrick McCaffery. Toussaint played his high school ball at Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx, New York, and picked the Hawkeyes over Dayton, Wichita State, and others.

PSA Cardinals program director Terrance ‘Munch’ Williams has previously compared Toussaint to former West Virginia point guard Jevon Carterwho is the NCAA leader in career steals.

“His ability to cause havoc on the defensive end without fouling and not gamble,” Williams said of where he’s seen Toussaint improve the most. “He’s been very, very disciplined on the defensive side of the ball when he could’ve taken a few chances and foul the guy or put the team in a bad place. His understanding of the defensive schemes from a team concept is something I think he’s gotten a lot better at in the past couple of years.”

With Toussaint entering the portal, the two names to watch at the point guard position for Iowa include Ahron Ulis and incoming freshman Dasonte Bowen. Ulis has more experience with the Iowa system and program, though Bowen brings another edge that Iowa has not seen in a bit at the point guard spot. It’ll be interesting to see these two duke it out this offseason.

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