The University of Cincinnati men's basketball team is going to need its own hall in the transfer portal.
Freshman forward Tari Eason on Tuesday became the fifth and most notable Cincinnati player to enter the portal in a two-day span.
Sources confirmed to The Enquirer that Eason, who earned a spot on the American Athletic Conference All-Freshman team this season, is joining teammates Mamoudou Diarra, Mike Saunders Jr., Zach Harvey and Gabe Madsen in their desire to transfer away from UC coach John Brannen and the Bearcats program.
Brannen, who is 32-21 in two seasons at Cincinnati, did not return requests for comment from The Enquirer.
Diarra, a redshirt junior forward, Saunders, a freshman guard, and Harvey, a sophomore guard, announced their decisions to transfer on Tuesday, while Madsen, a freshman and twin brother of UC guard Mason Madsen, set the tone Monday night.
Diarra, Harvey and Gabe Madsen all opted out at some point this season. Diarra opted back in and finished the year.
The 6-foot-8, 215-pound Eason, a four-star recruit out of Seattle, averaged 7.3 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.2 steals this season. His 1.3 blocks per game ranked fourth in the AAC.
Cincinnati (12-11) started the season 3-7 and rallied to a 9-4 finish after a 25-day pause due to COVID-19 protocols.
The Bearcats lost to Houston, 91-54, on Sunday in the AAC tournament championship game and failed to advance to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2010.