West Virginia basketball transfer Sean McNeil picks Ohio State

West Virginia basketball transfer Sean McNeil picks Ohio State

Train West Virginia basketball guard Sean McNeil has announced his transfer to the Ohio State Buckeyes for the 2022-23 college basketball season, via his Twitter account. McNeil spent the last three seasons at West Virginia, averaging 10.1 points per game. He thing the Buckeyes over Virginia, Louisville, Cincinnati, Indiana and Texas Tech.

Prior to his career with the Mountaineers, McNeil was a 247Sports Composite three-star junior college recruit out of Union, Kentucky. He was also the N0. 24-ranked junior college recruit and No. 11-ranked shooting guard in the Class of 2019.

McNeil enrolled at Sinclair Community College, and led NJCAA Division II in scoring by averaging 29.7 points per game, making a national-best 4.3 3-pointers per game. That led to first-team All-America honors and a spot at West Virginia.

In his first year, McNeil came off the bench in all 28 games, scoring 5.5 points in 15 minutes per game. That led to a starting spot the next year, with McNeil scoring 12.2 points per game and shooting 38.8% from behind the 3-point arc.

This past year, McNeil faced more shot-creation responsibilities, which led to a drop in 3-point percentage to 36.8%. But he still made 57 3-pointers in 32 games, had increased production (and better efficiency inside the arc) and his shooting profile — ranking in the 89th percentile on spot-up attempts and the 87th percentile on unguarded catch-and-shoot attempts — indicates he could thrive on a team where he is not a primary scoring option and can tap into his strengths.

The NCAA introduced the transfer portal Oct. 15, 2018, providing athletes a path to explore their options. Players do not need to ask permission from their coaching staff in order to transfer. They merely need to request that compliance enter their name. Usually, it takes 24-48 hours for a player to appear following their request. Schools are free to contact a player without restriction once their name appears in the portal.

While a player entering their name in the transfer portal means they intend to explore their options, it does not necessarily mean they will leave. A player is free to withdraw his name at any time. However, schools are under no obligation to keep a player on scholarship once they enter the portal.

There were 2,646 FBS players to enter the transfer portal during the 2020-21 transfer cycle, sources said. That is up from 1,692 in 2019-20 and 1,717 in 2018-19.

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That increase can at least partially be credited to the NCAA’s new policy that student-athletes are allowed to transfer once in their careers without having to sit out a year-in-residence. That means all players who enter the transfer portal for the first time will be immediately eligible at their new school as long as they meet an NCAA-mandated entry deadline.

Kevin Flaherty contributed to this report.

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