Not even a pandemic can stop the constant movement that occurs in a college basketball offseason.

Transfers are more popular than ever due to the graduate transfer option and the transfer portal. Coaches are adjusting on the fly, but there is a nervousness and excitement to the madness that doesn’t happen in March.

Each of the City Six men and women basketball programs experienced this. Unexpected transfers create surprising roster holes, and staffs have to move fast to fill them. Zoom video chat has become a coach’s best friend.

The excitement stems from the same place as the nervousness. Just like players leave, promising talents from other programs hit the transfer market looking for a new start.

City Six teams will look different next season not only due to the freshmen coming in, but the transfer market shook up these schools for better, and for worse.

Villanova head coach Jay Wright looks to replace Saddiq Bey in next year's Wildcats lineup.
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Villanova head coach Jay Wright looks to replace Saddiq Bey in next year's Wildcats lineup.

Villanova is losing potential first-round pick Saddiq Bey, but the Wildcats’ returning staple of players may be enough for a third national title in six years. Bey’s minutes will be hard to replace, but Villanova has options to fill them.

Coach Aaron McKie of Temple directs his team against Tulsa during the 2nd half at the Liacouras Center on March 4,, 2020.
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Coach Aaron McKie of Temple directs his team against Tulsa during the 2nd half at the Liacouras Center on March 4,, 2020.

Aaron Mckie’s Temple squad may have undergone more change than any other program in the city. Transfers, early draft entrants and graduations all impacted Temple’s roster, but McKie is bringing in more players that he personally recruited.

Coach Steve Donahue of Penn reacts during their game against Cornell in the 2nd half at the Palestra on March 6, 2020.
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Coach Steve Donahue of Penn reacts during their game against Cornell in the 2nd half at the Palestra on March 6, 2020.

Penn basketball is losing three double-digit scorers, including the program’s all-time scoring leader, AJ Brodeur. A four-man recruiting class is tasked with filling a big hole.

La Salle coach Ashley Howard makes a point to guard David Beatty during the second half of a basketball game against Morgan State on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, at Tom Gola Arena. The Explorers went on to win, 85-68.
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La Salle coach Ashley Howard makes a point to guard David Beatty during the second half of a basketball game against Morgan State on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, at Tom Gola Arena. The Explorers went on to win, 85-68.

Ashley Howard is setting the tone for what type of players he wants in the La Salle program. His 2020 recruiting class is an example of that.

Saint Joseph's Head Coach Billy Lange talks to forward Myles Douglas against La Salle on Saturday, February 8, 2020.
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Saint Joseph's Head Coach Billy Lange talks to forward Myles Douglas against La Salle on Saturday, February 8, 2020.

A lot of help is on the way to Hawk Hill. Well, some of that help has already been there. Hawks coach Billy Lange already has a good idea of what some of his newcomers look like.

Drexel coach Zach Spiker catches the basketball on the sideline during the first half of a basketball game against La Salle on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, at Drexel’s Daskalakis Athletic Center. The visiting Explorers went on to win, 71-63.
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Drexel coach Zach Spiker catches the basketball on the sideline during the first half of a basketball game against La Salle on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, at Drexel’s Daskalakis Athletic Center. The visiting Explorers went on to win, 71-63.

Zach Spiker went to familiar territory to add two of his new players. Drexel gets its three top scorers back, and now the goal is to create more quality depth around them.

Temple head coach Tonya Cardoza calls out to her team from the sidelines during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against South Carolina last December.
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Temple head coach Tonya Cardoza calls out to her team from the sidelines during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against South Carolina last December.

Program-changing players like Mary Gedaka and Bailey Greenberg are gone on the women’s side. There’s a new crop of talent waiting to take the keys in the City Six, but some of the incoming recruits will have to contribute. Luckily for these schools, some good options are on the way.