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Arizona State guard Jay Heath enters NCAA Transfer Portal

Jonathan Wagner04/25/22
Article written by:On3 imageJonathan Wagner

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Guard Jay Heath first entered the NCAA Transfer Portal after the 2020-2021 season, and he went to Arizona State after spending two years at Boston College. Now, Heath has again entered the portal, according to On3’s Matt Zenitz.

Heath started 49 of his 50 games at Boston College to begin his collegiate career. He averaged 13.1 points with 3.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.3 steals per game in the 2019-2020 season. in the 2020-2021 season, Heath averaged 14.5 points with 3.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists.

This past season at Arizona State, Heath played in 28 games with 17 starts for the Sun Devils. He played 28.4 minutes per game, averaging 10.6 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 1.8 assists.

In his three-year collegiate career, Heath is a 41.9% shooter from the field and 38.2% from three-point range. He shot a career-high 43% from three this past season.

Transfer portal background information for Heath, Arizona State

The NCAA Transfer Portal, which covers every NCAA sport at the Division I, II and III levels, is a private database with names of student-athletes who wish to transfer. It is not accessible to the public.

The process of entering the portal is done through a school’s compliance office. Once a player provides written notification of an intent to transfer, the office enters the player’s name in the database and everything is off and running. The compliance office has 48 hours to comply with the player’s request and that request cannot be refused.

Once a player’s name shows up in the portal, other schools can contact the player. Players can change their minds at any point and withdraw from the portal. However, once a player enters the portal, the current scholarship no longer has to be honored. In other words, if a player enters the portal but decides to stay, the school is not obligated to provide a scholarship anymore.

The database is a normal database, sortable by a variety of topics, including (of course) sport and name. A player’s individual entry includes basic details such as contact info, whether the player was on scholarship and whether the player is transferring as a graduate student.

A player can ask that a “do not contact” tag be placed on the report. In those instances, the players don’t want to be  contacted by schools unless they’ve initiated the communication.

The portal has been around since Oct. 15, 2018 and the new calendar cycle within the portal begins each August. For example, the 2021-22 cycle started Aug. 1. During the 2020-21 cycle, 2,626 FBS football players entered the transfer portal (including walk-ons). That comes after 1,681 entered during the 2019-20 cycle and 1,709 during the abbreviated 2018-19 cycle. In comparison, 1,833 Division I basketball players entered the portal during the 2020-21 cycle after totals of 1,020 in 2019-20 and 1,063 in 2018-19.