Saint Peter's Doug Edert, Daryl Banks III, Matthew Lee Enter Transfer Portal

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVApril 5, 2022

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 19: Saint Peter's Peacocks guard Doug Edert (25) and Saint Peter's Peacocks guard Daryl Banks III (5) celebrate on the court during the NCAA Division I Mens Basketball Championship Round 2 game between the Murray State Racers and Saint Peters Peacocks on March 19, 2022, at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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Shaheen Holloway may not be the only one capitalizing on Saint Peter's improbable run to the Elite Eight of the 2022 NCAA men's basketball tournament.

Holloway wasted little time in leaving to coach his alma mater, Seton Hall. Now, On3’s Matt Zenitz is reporting Peacocks players Doug Edert, Daryl Banks III and Matthew Lee have entered the transfer portal.

Banks was the team's leading scorer at 11.3 points per game. Edert averaged 9.5 points and was the Peacocks' biggest three-point threat, hitting 41.1 percent of his long-range jumpers. Lee, meanwhile, was a valuable playmaker, averaging 6.8 points and 2.9 assists.

Banks was the standout performer for Saint Peter's during the tournament. He dropped 27 points on Kentucky in a first-round upset of the second-seeded Wildcats. The 6'3" guard had a 14-point effort against Purdue in the Sweet 16 as well.

Edert, who had 20 points against Kentucky, quickly emerged as a fan favorite and parlayed his 15 minutes of fame into an endorsement deal with Buffalo Wild Wings.

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For years, the norm has been for a coach at a mid-major program to leave for greener pastures on the heels of an unexpectedly successful tournament run. If his connection with Seton Hall hadn't made his move so obvious, another school presumably would've come calling for Holloway.

The athletes didn't normally get to enjoy that luxury, though.

Nathan Bernhardt @jonbernhardt

sounds like this tournament cinderella team is playing their way into their head coach getting made money for life and everyone else getting A Lifetime of Memories™

That's no longer the case thanks to the NCAA's new name, image and likeness guidelines and the one-time transfer rule. Players can now collect NIL money and potentially head to a school that allows them to increase their earning potential, play on a bigger stage or both.

While perhaps not to the same degree, the NCAA tournament will have a Saint Peter's every year. One mid-major busts everyone's brackets and achieves fame on a scale it hadn't experienced.

But the new era of college athletics will make it more difficult for those Cinderellas to enjoy a second bite at the apple in the Big Dance.