Kario Oquendo and Manny Bates

have entered the transfer portal. Oquendo leading scorer at Georgia this past season. Bates an athletic 6’11" shot blocking big at NC State. Both might be worth a long, hard look from coaching staff.

Another rat off Georgia’s sinking ship. I’m not sure he gives us anything we don’t already have in abundance (6-4 shooting guard, 27% from deep, 71% at the line). Bates only played one game this year due to a shoulder injury, but he averaged 9.8 points, 5.9 boards and 2.7 blocks in 2020-21.

Like Au’diese Toney, Bates attended a small private high school in Fayetteville, NC (not the same high school though). He had offers from Cincy, Charlotte and Clemson.

Admittedly I didn’t look at their stats before I posted about them. Oquendo’s aren’t really that impressive after all. Bates is intriguing; he’s very athletic for his size and a pretty decent shot alterer/blocker. Might be a nice backup big to JWill (assuming he returns).

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