Transfer roundup: Michigan State lands high scorer Frankie Fidler

League: NCAA Basketball

Posted on: 23 Apr, 2024 at 09:45 PM

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Omaha forward Frankie Fidler, who put up 20.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per game last season, is transferring to Michigan State, he announced Tuesday.

The 6-foot-7 Nebraska native just completed his junior season and chose the Spartans over Wisconsin and a pair of home-state options, Creighton and Nebraska.

In 33 starts in 2023-24, Fidler also averaged 2.6 assists per game while totaling 52 3-pointers and 41 steals. In 94 career games at Omaha (91 starts), Fidler has averaged 16.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists per contest.

Fidler is the first transfer coach Tom Izzo has accepted to Michigan State since adding Tyson Walker in 2021.

--High-scoring guard RJ Davis is set to return to North Carolina to use his fifth year of NCAA eligibility, CBS Sports reported.

Davis put up 21.2 points per game and shot 39.8 percent from 3-point range last year. He added 3.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.2 steals per contest over 37 games (all starts). A potential NBA draft pick, Davis had yet to announce his intentions as of Tuesday.

The report followed guard Seth Trimble's announcement that he is withdrawing from the transfer portal and returning to the Tar Heels. Trimble averaged 5.2 points and 2.1 rebounds in 35 games last season, his second in college. He came off the bench in 34 of his 35 games.

--Ugonna Onyenso is the latest Kentucky player to enter the portal following coach John Calipari's departure to Arkansas, according to multiple reports.

The 7-footer from Nigeria dealt with a broken foot over the summer of 2023 and saw limited playing time when he returned. In 24 games (14 starts), he averaged 18.8 minutes per game and put up 3.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.8 blocked shots.

Onyenso is the seventh former Wildcats player to hit the portal following Aaron Bradshaw, Jordan Burks, Joey Hart, Zvonimir Ivisic, Adou Thiero and D.J. Wagner.

--Mike James is transferring to NC State after two productive seasons at Louisville.

The guard/forward was a rare bright spot for the Cardinals over coach Kenny Payne's two seasons in charge. James has averaged 11.3 points and 4.1 rebounds per game over 64 career games, all starts. That includes 12.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists -- all career bests -- in 2023-24.

The Wolfpack and coach Kevin Keatts are coming off a Cinderella run to the Final Four following a surprise ACC title that required them to win five games in five days.

--Dayton guard Kobe Elvis announced he will spend his final year of eligibility at Oklahoma.

Elvis posted career highs of 9.4 points and 3.5 assists per game in 2023-24 while starting all 33 games he played for the Flyers. He also averaged 2.4 rebounds and hit 47 3-pointers on 37 percent shooting from deep.

In 105 games (84 starts) over one season with DePaul and three with Dayton, Elvis has career averages of 8.3 points, 2.8 assists and 2.1 rebounds while shooting 36.2 percent from the arc.

--Cornell grad transfer Chris Manon is headed to Vanderbilt, he announced on Instagram.

"Committed to excellence and thankful for the opportunity to represent this prestigious university," the first-team All-Ivy League selection posted.

Manon put up career bests of 12.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists in his senior campaign and also grabbed 63 steals for the second year in a row. The wing has career averages of 11.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.1 steals in 83 career games (58 starts).

--Field Level Media