Building a 12-man roster from uncommitted transfers: Sophomores, Part One

Marcus Evans opted to transfer from Rice after his sophomore season, and instantly became arguably the top transfer on the market this season.

CALGARY, Alta. — Once again, the transfer list continually grows with each passing day.

According to Verbal Commits, the 2017 Division I transfer list has eclipsed 240 names, and that number will only continue to rise as the off-season rolls along.

For the record, the off-season doesn’t officially begin until Tuesday, April 4th, the day after the National Championship is decided.

With the high numbers of players finding themselves on the open market, testing the waters in the hopes of securing a scholarship at a school that better fits their needs, there a plethora of talented student-athletes on the list. From the power conferences and perennial national title contenders, right down to the smallest of schools, there are transfers from all across the country.

So, we got thinking. What would a team look like if it was built solely from uncommitted transfers?

We decided to dig a little deeper and see what kind of team we could come up with. The list was divided into each player’s year of eligibility, and then rosters were formed of players in the same year.

Here is the best roster that we could come up with for sophomore players who have transferred, but not yet committed to a new school.

As each week passes, and more players either transfer or commit to schools, we will alter the rosters on Tuesdays to accommodate the changes in the market.

Starting Five

Chase Jeter (Former School: Duke Blue Devils)
16gp; 2.6 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.1 bpg

Noah Dickerson (Former School: Washington Huskies)
31gp; 12.5 ppg, 8.2 rpg

Tevin Mack (Former School: Texas Longhorns)
15gp; 14.8 ppg, 4.8 apg

Edric Dennis (Former School: Jackson State Tigers)
29gp; 14.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.0 apg

Marcus Evans (Former School: Rice Owls)
35gp; 19.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.7 apg


In the 2015 recruiting class, Jeter was the 11th-ranked recruit by ESPN, while Mack was ranked 48th, and Dickerson was ranked 52nd. Jeter was limited this season due to an injury, and Mack was suspended indefinitely at Texas, while Dickerson was one of several players to leave Washington after the dismissal of former head coach Lorenzo Romar.

It’s tough to pass up having three former top 100 recruits on a roster. However, they aren’t the stars of the roster.

That title belong to Marcus Evans, who was one of three players to announce that they were transferring from Rice after Mike Rhoades took the vacant head coaching position with the VCU Rams.

Evans is one of the best all-round guards in the country. He can score at will, evident by his team-leading 19.0 points per game this season and by the fact that he scored in double-figures in 32 games this past season. He isn’t afraid to battle for rebounds, and his court vision and basketball IQ are both excellent. If he could limit his turnovers (1:1 assist-to-turnover ratio), he would be a household name on the national stage.

Rounding out the starters is scoring guard Edric Dennis. Playing in the SWAC doesn’t garner Dennis much attention, but that doesn’t mean he can’t play with the ‘big boys. He put up 20 points in a road loss at Marshall, and then 21 points against Baylor.

The starting five has size and athleticism up front. Mack can score from all over the floor, making him a dual threat on the wing. In the back court, the duo of Rice and Dennis would be a dual threat on offense, but would need to improve on defense to take the team to the next level.


Reserves

Steven Enoch (Former School: Connecticut Huskies)

Dorian Chatman (Former School: Lamar Cardinals)

Brandon Austin (Former School: Alamaba Crimson Tide)

Delante Jones (Former School: American Univ. Eagles)

Nisre Zouzoua (Former School: (Bryant Bulldogs)

Armel Potter (Former School: Charleston Southern Buccaneers)

Laquincy Rideau (Former School: Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs)


After the starting five, the options were rather slim for the remaining sophomores. However, after some digging, some hidden gems were found, all of whom will make their future teams quite happy.

Up front, the addition of big man Steven Enoch (6’11”) bring some much-needed size to the five-spot. Dorian Chatman showed flashes of some long range shooting over his two years at Lamar, and if he was able to regain that touch, he would be a dangerous option at the three or four.

However, the back court is where this team would shine. The trio of Zouzoua, Potter, and Rideau all had impressive sophomore seasons with their respective schools, which make their decisions to transfer a bit more puzzling.

Regardless, all three could very well play both guard spots, and give the team a different look off the bench.


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– T. Bennett