San Diego transfer forward Marcellus Earlington will visit Colorado State on Monday and also has upcoming visits with Mississippi State and Fresno State, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein. Earlington will be a senior during the 2022-23 season, and he averaged 13.2 points and 6.7 rebounds in 31 games last season for the Toreros.
Before spending the 2021-22 season at San Diego, Earlington played at St. John’s for three years at the start of his collegiate career. In 74 games and five career starts for the Red Storm, Earlington averaged 6.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.
Earlington is originally out of Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep. In high school, Earlington was a two-time all-state selection and led his team to a pair of NJSIAA Non-Public A Championships. As a senior, Earlington averaged 19 points and 11 rebounds per outing.
The NCAA introduced the transfer portal Oct. 15, 2018, providing athletes a path to explore their options. Players do not need to ask permission from their coaching staff in order to transfer. They merely need to request that compliance enter their name. Usually, it takes 24-48 hours for a player to appear following their request. Schools are free to contact a player without restriction once their name appears in the portal.
While a player entering their name in the transfer portal means they intend to explore their options, it does not necessarily mean they will leave. A player is free to withdraw his name at any time. However, schools are under no obligation to keep a player on scholarship once they enter the portal.
The recent increase in players entering the transfer portal can at least partially be credited to the NCAA’s new policy that student-athletes are allowed to transfer once in their careers without having to sit out a year-in-residence. That means all players who enter the transfer portal for the first time will be immediately eligible at their new school as long as they meet a NCAA-mandated entry deadline.