Kansas freshman MJ Rice intends to enter the NCAA Transfer Portal

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LAWRENCE, KANSAS - NOVEMBER 10: MJ Rice #11 of the Kansas Jayhawks in action against the North Dakota State Bison in the second half at Allen Fieldhouse on November 10, 2022 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Kansas freshman MJ Rice intends to enter the NCAA transfer portal, according to Jason Jordan. Rice was a McDonald’s All American and a four-star recruit coming out of high school.

The No. 30 overall prospect in the Class of 2022 according to the On3 Industry Ranking, Rice played in 23 games for Kansas this past season. Playing on the wing, he averaged just 2.2 points per game in just more than seven minutes on the floor per game.

Originally from Durham, North Carolina, Rice chose Kansas over offers from Louisville, Providence and others. He was recruited by Duke out of high school but did not receive a scholarship 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 transfer 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.