The NCAA Tournament is winding down and the list of college basketball transfers is getting longer. Bowling Green, Western Michigan, Pitt and The Citadel are among the teams with multiple players on the move. One of the most talented players on the list is former North Carolina guard Jalek Felton and he’s starting to move forward with determining his next destination.
Felton prepped at both Mullins High and Gray Collegiate in Columbia. It was at Gray Collegiate in 2017 that he was named the Gatorade Player of the Year in the state. He signed with North Carolina and played for the Tar Heels early this season until being suspended January 30th for an undisclosed reason. He later withdrew from school.
The issue that led to Felton’s suspension still needs to be resolved before he can consider enrolling at another school, but his coach at Gray Collegiate Dion Bethea said Monday night Felton and his family are starting to move forward with the relocation process.
“I don’t think they want to drag it out,” Bethea said.
Felton is living with his family in Charlotte and Bethea thinks they will start to line up some visits this week and take them soon.
He said USC coach Frank Martin and Clemson assistant Steve Smith talked with Felton last week. Georgetown also has been in touch and Bethea said Hoyas coach Patrick Ewing is making a strong push for Felton. He said Texas Tech and Western Kentucky also have been in contact.
Felton will have to sit out next season wherever he lands. Should he transfer to Clemson, within the ACC, he would only have to sit out one season but would be a junior once he became eligible according to Bethea.