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OSU in Top Six Schools for ETSU Transfer Damari Monsanto

The Pokes are in the mix for a talented scorer from the mid-major level.

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East Tennessee State coach Jason Shay resigned last month after just one season at the helm of the program, leading one of the team’s best young talents — freshman Damari Monsanto — to test the transfer portal. Now the Pokes could be in a position to benefit from instability at ETSU.

The 6-foot-6 guard announced over the weekend that OSU is in his final six schools as he narrows his search for a new home. Also included are Arkansas, Butler, Wake Forest, Iowa State and Virginia.

I would consider Wake Forest to be one of the favorites here because its coach, Steve Forbes, originally recruited Monsanto to ETSU before taking the Demon Deacons job last year.

OSU should have a shot because it has a nice opportunity to pitch here, considering it has not taken a player in its 2021 recruiting class and is looking to replace two guards in Cade Cunningham and Ferron Flavors.

Whoever gets Monsanto should be in good shape. He was second on ETSU last season in scoring at 11.8 points per game and earned Southern Freshman of the Year honors while leading the team with 7.3 rebounds per game. He did this while shooting a respectable 35.4% from 3-point range and 79.2% from the foul line.

OSU is putting out a ton of feelers in the transfer market and Monsanto is one of several prospects in play for the Pokes along with Virginia Tech standout Jalen Cone and East Carolina’s Jayden Gardner, the latter of whom is expected to make a virtual visit with Mike Boynton on Monday.

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