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ACC News and Notes: Wake Forest, Florida State, Major DII Transfer, Styles New Visit



PITTSBURGH – Transfer portal frenzy continues to run rampant in the ACC. More than halfway through the week, Wake Forest, Florida State, a major DII prospect and Dontrez Styles are all in headlines surrounding the conference.

Wake Forest Forward Bobi Klintman Enters Transfer Portal

Freshman forward Bobi Klintman is preparing to depart Wake Forest after one season. The former top-125 recruit according to On3 and 247Sports announced Thursday that he is entering his name to the transfer portal. Klintman, 6-foot-10, averaged 5.4 points and 4.7 rebounds in 33 games, starting the final five for head coach Steve Forbes. Originally from Malmo, Sweden, Klintman shot 41% from the field and 37% behind the three-point arc.

He played in only four minutes at the Petersen Events Center against Pitt on Jan. 25, being held off the stat sheet. The Demon Deacons ended the 2022-23 campaign 19-14 overall and .500 in ACC play (10-10), missing both the NCAA Tournament and NIT. 

Florida State Contacts FIU Transfer Denver Jones Joe tipton On3

Florida State has reached out to a transfer guard Pitt also contacted early in the transfer portal window. FIU’s Denver Jones has heard from the Seminoles, Joe Tipton of On3 reported Thursday. The 6-foot-4 sophomore was a star scorer for Florida International. He averaged 20.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists while shooting 48% 37% from three this year, starting all 28 games. He significantly improved offensively compared to his freshman campaign, scoring 12.5 points and 3.7 rebounds while shooting 39% from the floor. 

Jones was the third transfer Pitt contacted when the portal opened. He scored 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting in FIU’s third game of the season at NC State on Nov. 15, his only appearance against an ACC school. Florida State struggled this season, finishing 9-23 overall and 7-13 in conference play. 

120 DI Teams Including Duke, Miami, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest Reach Out to DII Transfer Jonathan Pierre

The most popular player in the transfer portal didn’t even play Division I basketball last year. DII transfer Jonathan Pierre has reportedly heard from around 120 schools, On3 announced on Twitter. Hailing from Nova Southern University, the undefeated (36-0) DII National Champions who defeated West Liberty (West Virginia) 111-101, Pierre scored four points on 2-of-7 shooting in the victory. The 6-foot-9 sophomore guard started 21 of 33 games this season, playing nearly 24 minutes per contest. He averaged 14.5 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists for the best team in DII, parlying his success into a potential jump to the highest collegiate level.

Miami, Duke, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech and Wake Forest are just some of the teams expressing interest in Pierre. The Portal Report initially announced a list of 80 teams talking to Pierre before On3 upped the number to potentially the highest of any in the portal. He has two years of eligibility remaining.

UNC Wing Dontrez Styles Visited Eastern Carolina, Talking to Georgetown

Earlier this week, news broke that North Carolina transfer wing Dontrez Styles was set to visit Georgetown. Another school has been added to the sophomore’s visitation list. Styles met with Eastern Carolina as well after playing 15 games with UNC this season.The 6-foot-6 sophomore only totaled less than six minutes per contest for the Heels in a limited role, scoring 21 points. He appeared in 30 games last year, making 20 of his last 41 shots (48.8%) during UNC’s NCAA Tournament run to the title game.

UNC failed to reach the dance after being ranked No.1 overall in the AP preseason poll. Pitt also reached out to Styles early in the recruiting process, available to view in our Pittsburgh Sports Now transfer tracker. The Panthers have four scholarships available with five departing seniors and both John Hugley and Nate Santos entering the portal. 

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