Transfer roundup: Indiana lands Arizona C Oumar Ballo

League: NCAA Basketball

Posted on: 16 Apr, 2024 at 10:37 PM

Credit: Patrick Breen/The Arizona Republic / USA TODAY NETWORK

Oumar Ballo, who averaged a double-double last season at Arizona, announced Tuesday he is transferring to Indiana.

"Hoosier Nation, c'est parti," the native of Mali wrote on social media, using the French phrase for "let's go."

The 7-foot center was named to the All-Pac-12 first team and all-defensive team after putting up 12.9 points, 10.1 rebounds and 1.3 blocks over 36 games (all starts) for the Wildcats.

Since transferring from Gonzaga to Arizona ahead of the 2021-22 season, Ballo has averaged 11.2 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per contest over 108 appearances (71 starts).

--Damian Dunn is transferring from Houston to Pitt for his final season of eligibility.

Dunn played in 72 games over parts of four seasons for Temple before heading to Houston, where the guard contributed 6.4 points and 2.3 rebounds per game in 37 contests, mostly off the bench.

Dunn has career averages of 11.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game over 109 appearances (62 starts).

--Rutgers added Merrimack guard Jordan Derkack, the Northeast Conference Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the year.

Derkack started all 32 games he played as a sophomore in 2023-24 and put up 17.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 2.1 steals per game.

The New Jersey native has career averages of 12.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.1 steals.

--Former Oklahoma forward John Hugley IV is taking his talents to Xavier.

Hugley paired 8.4 points with 3.8 rebounds per game in 24 games last season, with only one start. He arrived in Norman after playing parts of three seasons at Pitt, where he averaged 12.2 points and 6.6 rebounds over 47 games (38 starts).

Though a senior, Hugley has two years of eligibility remaining, per the Cincinnati Enquirer. The Cleveland native only played in eight games for Pitt in 2022-23 before stepping back to cope with mental health challenges as well as recover from a preseason injury.

--Colorado guard J'Vonne Hadley is moving to Louisville to join the Cardinals.

Hadley started all 36 games he played in his second year in Boulder, averaging 11.6 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.2 steals per contest. In 71 games (55 starts) across one season at Northeastern and two at Colorado, he has averaged 8.5 points and 5.1 boards.

--Arrinten Page, a four-star center prospect coming out of high school last year, is transferring from Southern California to Cincinnati.

Page played in 27 games as a freshman in Los Angeles, starting four. He averaged 3.1 points and 2.1 rebounds.

Page had committed to the Trojans over finalists Cincinnati, Indiana and Miami last year. USC since has had a coaching change, with Andy Enfield leaving the university for the same job at SMU and being replaced by Eric Musselman.

--Villanova guard TJ Bamba entered the transfer portal, multiple reports said.

Bamba was one of the top prizes of the transfer portal last year following his eye-catching third season at Washington State. He put up 15.8 points and 3.7 rebounds per game in 2022-23, shooting 37.2 percent from 3-point range.

In his one year at Villanova, Bamba started all 33 games he played and averaged 10.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and a career-high 1.8 assists while shooting 36.9 percent from deep. He has career averages of 9.8 points and 3.2 rebounds over 119 career games in four seasons.

--Field Level Media