Hernandez, Craft among area players joining transfer portal

The transfer portal is all the rage in college sports, so it's only natural for some former suburban stars to enter their names.

A couple transactions surfacing Wednesday were St. Viator grad Jeremiah Hernandez announcing he would enter the portal and look to leave Southern Indiana. Buffalo Grove's Kam Craft is also reportedly in the portal following his sophomore year at Xavier.

Hernandez was Southern Indiana's leading scorer this season at 17.2 points per game and was a first-team All-Ohio Valley selection. He started his college career by spending two years at Kent State, before moving to USI in 2022.

Hernandez posted a message on X, which read, in part, “I want to say thank you to the coaches at USI for believing in me and giving me an opportunity. To my teammates, you know we're locked in for life and a big shoutout to the USI fans.”

Craft was rated a Top 100 prospect by 247sports in high school. He spent a year at The Skill Factory in Atlanta after leaving Buffalo Grove.

Craft appeared in 14 games as a freshman in 2022-23 before suffering a knee injury on Feb. 10 against Butler. He returned to make a brief appearance in Xavier's Sweet 16 loss to Texas, then took a medical redshirt this season. He'll have three years of eligibility remaining.

Mundelein's Scottie Ebube confirmed over the weekend he is in the transfer portal. The 6-10 sophomore averaged 6 points and 3.6 rebounds this season for Southern Illinois, which fired coach Bryan Mullins after the season. Ebube played as a freshman, then took a redshirt year in 2022-23.

Another area player who announced the intention to enter the transfer portal is Carmel grad Grace Sullivan, who spent two seasons at Bucknell. The 6-4 Sullivan, an Antioch native, started 20 games for the Bison this season, averaging 8.8 points and 4.9 rebounds. She helped lead Carmel to the Class 3A state title in 2022.

“Playing with Bucknell on my jersey has truly been an honor,” Sullivan wrote in a social media message. “Thank you for everything Bison Nation.”

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