Buffalo transfer Devin Ceaser has committed to Old Dominion; he told On3.
Ceaser, a 6-foot-1 freshman guard, averaged five points, one rebound, and 0.4 assists this season. The native of Waldorf, Maryland, appeared in 19 games and averaged 6.6 minutes per outing for the Bulls.
Ceaser is a former three-star recruit and was the No. 233 overall player in the nation from the 2022 cycle, according to the On3 Industry Ranking, a weighted average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies.
Ceaser on his commitment to Old Dominion
“I got down to campus to meet coach Jeff Jones and the rest of the staff, and it was nothing but love. Everything about coach Jones’ philosophy and his system stood out. The facilities were great, and the overall location only being a three and a half hour drive from home. That ultimately led to my family and me deciding Old Dominion to be my home.
“I can see myself bringing intensity, my drive to win, and the ability to not only get myself involved but to create for the talent already on the roster.
“Coach Jordan Brooks has been someone I talk to regularly since he was at Southeastern Louisiana. He would always tell me whenever the time was right that, he would get to coach me. I’ve known him since the eighth grade; he gave me my second college offer.”
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Transfer portal background information
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.