Year after year, the number of players who decide to transfer to new schools seems to increase. Last year’s list exceeded 700 names, and this year’s looks to be well on its way past that number.
The season ended on April 4th, but players are still announcing their intentions to transfer over a month later, and there will likely be more names to come in the near future. Players are looking for the best fit, both academically and athletically, that will set themselves up for the best future possible.
More often than not, we see talented players from smaller schools transferring to bigger programs. On the heels of breakout seasons, these ‘lesser-known’ players have attracted interest from high-major programs, and look to make the jump to the bright lights and packed arenas that these schools have to offer.
So far this off-season, we have seen several players take that path. On Sunday, another talented player made the jump from a smaller school to a more well-known program with the hopes of making the leap to the next level.
Sophomore guard Devin Watson announced his intention to transfer from the San Francisco Dons after a breakout season in 2015-16. On Sunday, he took to Periscope to announce where he would be transferring to.
The San Diego State Aztecs.
Watson chose the Aztecs over a slew of other programs, including the Kansas Jayhawks and the California Golden Bears, among others. Over his recruitment, Watson only made one visit, and that was to San Diego State.
Despite the struggles for the Dons in 2015-16, Watson excelled on a personal level. He averaged 20.3 points per game, eclipsing the 30-point mark three times throughout the season. He added 2.5 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game, while shooting 34.9% from three point range.
The native of Oceanside, California was a member of the 1st Team All-West Coast Conference last season, despite San Francisco fi
Watson will sit out the upcoming 2016-17 season due to transfer regulations, and will have two years of eligibility left with the Aztecs.