Make that five scholarship players to the transfer portal. Senior guard Holland Woods became the latest Sun Devil that has decided on a change of atmosphere, indicating that today.
Woods was the only scholarship athlete to play in every game last season. He averaged 6.7 points in 26.2 minutes per game but was a starter for the last 12 games after injuries decimated the Sun Devil roster. He scored in double digits eight times with a season-high of 18 points coming in 38 minutes in a 73-64 home loss to USC on Jan. 9.
Last season was the only one for the Apollo High School product close to home. He came to the Sun Devils from Portland State where he was an all Big Sky selection. So his next school will be his third in as many years.
Coach Bobby Hurley did bring in some reinforcements via the transfer portal with incoming players including guards Jay Heath, the leading scorer at Boston College, and Marreon Jackson of Toledo, the Mid-American Conference player of the year.
Luther Muhammad will also be eligible after sitting out last season upon his transfer from Ohio State so the cupboard is not bare when it comes to the guard position.
Woods’ departure follows that of of junior forwards Taeshon Cherry and Chris Osten, sophomore guard Jaelen House, freshman forward Pavlo Dziuba and walk-on guard Kyle Feit.
That leaves the only returning scholarship players at the moment being sophomore forward Jalen Graham and sophomore guard Caleb Christopher.
Freshman forward Marcus Bagley declared for the draft but could opt to return. Freshman Josh Christopher did the same and isn’t expected to return. With Josh Christopher not returning, Caleb could opt to look for playing time elsewhere too.
There are now nearly 1,300 names in the transfer portal, and that’s not including non-scholarship players. Other Pac-12 schools have also had mass defections. Washington has had six and Utah five, not including two that opted to return.