Each year, the number of the players on the transfer market is larger than the year before. Following the 2015-16 season, the list has continued to grow, even over a month after the Villanova Wildcatswere crowned the NCAA Champions.
Following the 2014-15 season, the transfer list ballooned to over 700 names. This year, things appear to be on their way past last year’s mark.
With the ever-increasing number of players on the list, it’s tough to keep track of who’s going where for the remainder of their careers. Some players are immediately eligible as graduate transfers, while others have to sit out a year due to transfer regulations, and it’s often tough to figure out who is in which category.
Below, we have listed our top five transfer players who have to sit out a year before suiting up for their new team for the 2017-18 season. The list is based off of the players who have committed so far, and will likely change as more players make their decisions.
#1. Devin Watson – San Diego State Aztecs
Former School: San Francisco Dons
2015-16 Stats: 20.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 4.9 apg
Devin Watson was just one of the players who decided to transfer from the San Francisco Dons following their 15-15 year in 2015-16, but he was by far the most talented. Like several players on this list, he was one of the top transfer players on the open market, and had several suitors inquiring about his services. In the end, he chose the San Diego State Aztecs, and gave the team one of the top back courts in the country when he becomes eligible in 2017-18. Last season, he averaged 20.3 points and 4.9 assists per game. When he becomes eligible, he will form a back court rotation with the likes of Trey Kell and Jeremy Hemsley, which should strike fear into the Mountain West, and the NCAA as a whole.
After sitting out the 2016-17 year, Devin Watson will have two years of eligibility left.
#2. Cane Broome – Cincinnati Bearcats
Former School: Sacred Heart Pioneers
2015-16 Stats: 23.1 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.7 spg
When Cane Broome, the reigning NEC Player of the Year, announced his intention to transfer from Sacred Heart, several teams made his recruitment a top priority, and for good reason. The second-year guard asserted himself as one of the nation’s premier scorers, averaging 23.1 points per contest in 2015-16. Despite his size, he averaged a shade under 5 rebounds per contest ,and dished out 2.9 assists per contest to boot. He is a strong two-way player who will give the Cincinnati Bearcats a nice boost in AAC play.
After sitting out the 2016-17 season, Cane Broome will have two years of eligibility left.
#3. DeSean Murray – Auburn Tigers
Former School: Presbyterian Blue Hose
2015-16 Stats: 20.2 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 1.7 apg, 2.0 spg
The Auburn Tigers are one of two SEC teams on this list to make a big splash on the transfer market for the 2017-18, adding one of the nation’s top scorers in DeSean Murray. In Murray, the Tigers get a player who is capable of leading the team in terms of scoring, but can also impact the game in several other ways when he may not be having the best offensive game. His presence on the floor commands attention from opponents, and his size makes him a factor in the paint on both ends of the floor. He’s a wing player who can hurt you in different ways.
In 2015-16, Murray was the only player on Presbyterian to average more than 8.5 points per contest. After sitting out the 2016-17 season, the Tigers will have Murray for two seasons, barring another transfer.
#4. Kory Holden – South Carolina Gamecocks
Former School: Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens
2015-16 Stats: 17.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.2 apg
There were plenty of high-profile guards on the transfer market following the 2015-16 season, and several big names still remain out there. But, one of the biggest is off to the SEC, as South Carolina picked up a commitment from high-scoring guard Kory Holden. The former Delaware guard averaged 17.7 points per game last season, and put together two impressive seasons in the CAA. Heading to the SEC, Holden gives the Gamecocks a top scoring option on the back end, who can also line up beside P.J. Dozier to form a formidable back court tandem.
After sitting out the 2016-17 season, Holden will have two years of eligibility remaining.
#5. Adonys Henriquez – Saint Louis Billikens
Former School: UCF Knights
2015-16 Stats: 10.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.0 apg
Several players could have made up the five-spot on this list, but we went with guard Adonys Henriquez, the newest guard of the Saint Louis Billikens. Year after year, the Atlantic 10 Conference is becoming more talented, and a big emphasis is put on guard play. Adding Henriquez is a big boost for the Billikens, as they look to climb back into the top half of the conference standings. He was in a back court rotation with the Knights, but now can step in and be the go-to point guard for Saint Louis in 2017-18.
After sitting out next year due to transfer regulations, Adonys Henriques has two years of eligibility remaining.
Five More to Keep an Eye On:
Terrell Allen (UCF Knights)
Dylan Osetkowski (Texas Longhorns)
Jontrell Walker (Ball State Cardinals)
Justin Simon (St. John’s Red Storm)
Kaleb Joseph (Creighton Bluejays)