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Big 12 News and Notes: Kansas Lands Top Transfer, Oklahoma State Loses 5th Player to Portal and More



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As the transfer portal offseason in college basketball begins another wave of commitments, let’s take a look around the Big 12 Conference at some of the moves happening.

Kansas Receives Commitment from Nick Timberlake 

Towson transfer guard Nick Timberlake announced on Wednesday afternoon that he will be playing his final season of eligibility at Kansas. Timberlake was regarded as one of the top transfers in the portal, with many Power-5 programs after him.


Timberlake (6-foot-4) averaged 17.7 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists for the Tigers this past season. Timberlake shot 46 percent from the field, 42 percent from three and 85 percent from the free throw line. The Braintree, MA native was named to the All-CAA First Team the last two years.

Oklahoma State Loses 5th Player to Transfer Portal

To say Oklahoma State has struggled this offseason would be an understatement.

The Cowboys have lost five players to the transfer portal, with forward Tyreek Smith leaving the program on Wednesday. OSU has also lost Avery Anderson, Moussa Cisse, Kalib Boone and Woody Newton.

Smith (6-foot-7) spent two seasons in Stillwater after beginning his career at Texas Tech. Smith averaged 5.2 points and 4.4 rebounds this past season.

Pitt Transfer John Hugley to Oklahoma

Pitt transfer big John Hugley committed to Oklahoma on Thursday. Hugley becomes the second commitment for the Sooners this week.

Hugley (6-foot-9) is coming off his third season suiting up for the Panthers. The Cleveland native dealt with injuries throughout this season, eventually being ruled out in January. Hugley averaged 8.0 points and 3.6 rebounds in just eight games. Hugley showed his full potential during the 2021-22 season, averaging 14.8 points and 7.9 rebounds on 48 percent shooting.

TTU G Lamar Washington to Enter Portal?

Tobias Bass of The Athletic reported on Wednesday night that Texas Tech guard Lamar Washington intends to enter his name into the transfer portal. Washington put out on social media that he officially hasn’t entered the portal yet.

Washington (6-foot-4) played 32 games for the Red Raiders during his freshman year, averaging 3.2 points. Washington is a former 4-star prospect, ranked in the top-100 in the class of 2022.

Texas Tech landed their first portal commitment in the Grant McCasland era with Nevada transfer Darrion Williams. TTU has lost Jaylon Tyson, Daniel Batcho, Elijah Fisher, KJ Allen and Fardaws Aimaq after changing head coaches.

It is unknown if Washington will still enter the portal but it has been reported that he intends to enter his name.

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