CALGARY, Alta. — The 2016-17 season is a mere memory now, and the attention has quickly shifted to the upcoming 2017-18 campaign.
Several websites have released their way-too-early top 25 rankings, while Joe Lunardi has already released his first edition of Bracketology for the 2018 NCAA Tournament.
The 2017-18 season is still over 200 days away.
While the off-season gets underway, the transfer marker is already over 350 names, according to Verbal Commits. With each passing day, the list continues to grow, and it’s tough to keep up with all of the happenings throughout the work day.
That’s where we come in. Every day or two, we will update fans across the country with some of the biggest news from around the transfer market, from scholarship offers and acceptances, to simply new names hitting the open market.
On Tuesday, several big time players decided to test the waters of the transfer market, while an underrated sophomore guard picked up four offers from schools across the southern parts of the United States.
Here’s what you may have missed on April 4th, 2017.
Sophomore Curtis Cobb to transfer from Fairfield
With a back court of Tyler Nelson and Cobb, coupled with the loss of graduating players to the likes of the Monmouth Hawks and Siena Saints, the Fairfield Stags had the look of a top team in the MAAC next season.
On Tuesday afternoon, their roster took a hit, as it was announced that Cobb would transfer from the program after two seasons. The 6’5” guard finished second on the team in scoring this past season with an average of 12.1 points per contest.
With his size and shooting ability (34.1% from three point range; 100 made three pointers in two seasons), Cobb would be a nice addition to any back court rotation in the country. He has the size to battle inside for rebounds (4.5 rpg), but can also stretch the floor with his shooting ability. His versatility allows him to play the wing in a smaller lineup, while also lining up at the two-spot in a regular lineup.
Sophomore Jerry Johnson, Jr. also transferred on Tuesday from Fairfield.
Trey Dickerson requests ‘permission to contact’ form from South Dakota
The 2016-17 season was a banner year for the South Dakota Coyotes, who took home their first regular season Summit League title. Despite an earlier-than-expected exit in the conference tournament, and a loss in the first round of the NIT, the year was successful for the Coyotes, as they asserted themselves as a premier team in the Summit League.
South Dakota was hoping to build off of this year’s successes in 2017-18, but their chances potentially took a big hit. On Tuesday, it was announced that guard Trey Dickerson had requested a ‘permission to contact’ form, and will graduate from the university.
The Coyotes had a guard-heavy lineup, as six of their top seven scorers were a part of the back court rotation. In just over 22 minutes of floor time per game, Dickerson averaged 10.4 points and 2.8 assists per game.
Primarily used as a point guard, Dickerson’s offensive output won’t blow you away, but he is consistent on a nightly basis. He scored a career-high 21 points on February 23rd against the Western Illinois Leathernecks, and closed the season with four straight games in double figures. In total, he had 22 such games on the year.
Mark Alstork declares for 2017 NBA Draft, then transfers days later
Last season, Alec Peters was a graduate transfer for the Valparaiso Crusaders. After opting to graduate and ‘transfer’, he went through the pre-draft process. Peters was the last to make his decision once the deadline came to enter the draft, and he opted to ‘transfer’ back to Valparaiso for the 2016-17 season.
Wright State Raiders‘ guard Mark Alstork could very well do the same thing. Just a few days ago, the junior declared early for the 2017 NBA Draft without an agent, leaving open a possible return to Wright State. Then, on Tuesday, it was announced that he would graduate and transfer from the program, becoming eligible immediately next season if he opts to return to school.
This past season, Alstork asserted himself as one of the best non-power conference players in the country. He averaged 19.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game, while shooting an even 40.0% from the field. He excels on both ends of the floor, and will undoubtedly be a highly sought-after commodity on the transfer market.
Laquincy Rideau picks up four offers on Tuesday
Back in March, Rideau hit the transfer market after two seasons in the Big South with the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs. This past year, he put together one of the more underappreciated stat lines in the country.
The native of West Palm Beach, Florida averaged 14.2 points, 5.7 rebounds, 5.2 assists, and 3.0 steals per contest. It was one of the more impressive stat lines across the board this season, but it didn’t get the national attention that it warranted.
Shortly after opting to transfer for his remaining two years of eligibility, the offers started to roll in for Rideau. On Tuesday alone, he picked up offers from the South Florida Bulls, Murray State Racers, Florida Gulf Coast Eagles, and Arkansas State Red Wolves. All four programs could benefit significantly by adding a guard with Rideau’s talent.
Other transfer news from Tuesday
- Northern Colorado F/C Jeremy Verhagen (R-Jr.) will graduate and transfer from the program; immediately eligible.
- Ar’mond Davis (Jr.) has transferred from Alabama.
- Redshirt senior Qiydar Davis will graduate and transfer from Louisiana Tech; immediately eligible.
- Campbell sophomore Khadre’ Lane, New Orleans freshman A.J. Cheeseman, Missouri freshman Frankie Hughes, and Missouri sophomore K.J. Walton all transferred Tuesday.
– T. Bennett