In the world of college basketball, recruiting remains the lifeblood of a program. However, the transfer portal has changed how programs can retool and regroup for a new season.

In particular, Illinois is a program that utilized both recruiting and the transfer portal heavily this offseason. The Illini added an elite recruiting class and also picked up some notable transfers to boost the 2022-23 squad.

According to college basketball insider Jon Rothstein, there are currently 6 programs from major conferences that have not gone to the transfer portal for a player this offseason. Michigan State, Indiana and Iowa out of the B1G are included.

UCLA, USC and Villanova are the other programs.

To be fair, totally passing on the transfer portal is not automatically a good sign. Then again, it could indicate those teams are confident in their talent level and depth for 2022-23.

We’ll find out which is the case once the season starts this fall.