CALGARY, Alta. — In college basketball, graduate transfers are highly coveted in the off-season.
For power conference teams who feel they are a piece or two away from competing for a conference title, and possibly the national crown, a graduate transfer could plug a few holes that may get them over the hump. On the flip side, smaller programs could turn to graduate transfers to simply fill out their roster for the ensuing year.
This off-season, the graduate transfer market has been filled with some spectacular names. Several of the bigger names have already found their final schools to close out their collegiate careers.
Egor Koulechov has committed to the Florida Gators. Justin Bibbins to the Utah Utes, Stephan Jiggetts to the South Florida Bulls, and Kerem Kanter to the Xavier Musketeers, among a slew of others.
With that said, there are plenty of talented prospects still looking for their new home, all of whom will have a big impact next season with their respective schools.
Here are the top 15 graduate transfers from non-power programs, as of April 20th.
1. Mark Alstork (Redshirt Junior)
Former School: Wright State Raiders
2016-17 Stats: 19.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 3.5 apg; 40.0% FG, 38.7% 3PT
*Declared for the 2017 NBA Draft without an agent prior to transferring; eligible to return to school in 2017-18.
2. MiKyle McIntosh (Redshirt Junior; Immediately Eligible)
Former School: Illinois State Redbirds
2016-17 Stats: 12.5 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.8 apg; 41.0% FG, 76.3% FT
3. Khris Lane (Redshirt Junior; Immediately Eligible)
Former School: Longwood Lancers
2016-17 Stats: 17.1 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.1 bpg; 53.7% FG, 33.7% 3PT
4. Kassius Robertson (Redshirt Junior; Immediately Eligible)
Former School: Canisius Golden Griffins
2016-17 Stats: 16.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.4 apg; 44.7% FG, 41.0% 3PT
5. Jeremy Combs (Redshirt Junior)
Former School: North Texas Mean Green
2016-17 Stats: 10.2 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.0 spg; 56.3% FG (14 GP)
6. James Daniel III (Senior)
Former School: Howard Bison
2016-17 Stats: 17.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.5 spg (2 GP)
7. Trey Dickerson (Redshirt Junior)
Former School: South Dakota Coyotes
2016-17 Stats: 10.4 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 2.8 apg; 40.4% FG, 33.3% 3PT
8. Ray Bowles (Redshirt Junior)
Former School: Pacific Tigers
2016-17 Stats: 13.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.7 apg; 35.5% FG, 31.5% 3PT
9. Sam Hunt (Redshirt Junior)
Former School: North Carolina A&T Aggies
2016-17 Stats: 12.7 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 1.8 apg; 38.3% FG, 93.7% FT
10. Ed Stephens (Redshirt Junior)
Former School: South Carolina State Bulldogs
2016-17 Stats: 9.4 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.7 apg; 37.6% FG, 36.0% 3PT
11. Kendall Smith (Redshirt Junior)
Former School: Cal State Northridge Matadors
2016-17 Stats: 16.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 4.8 apg, 1.3 spg; 44.8% FG
12. Ahmed Hamdy-Mohamed (Redshirt Junior)
Former School: VCU Rams
2016-17 Stats: 5.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 0.6 bpg; 47.7% FG
13. Brandon Alston (Redshirt Junior)
Former School: Lehigh Mountain Hawks
2016-17 Stats: 6.7 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.2 apg; 45.6% FG, 72.2% FT
14. Rene Castro (Redshirt Junior)
Former School: Duquesne Dukes
2016-17 Stats: 7.1 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 2.1 apg; 41.7% FG
15. Duby Okeke (Redshirt Junior)
Former School: Winthrop Eagles
2016-17 Stats: 3.2 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.4 bpg; 60.8% FG
The top transfers from non-power programs are selected from the following conferences:
America East, Atlantic Sun, Atlantic 10, Big Sky, Big South, Big West, Colonial, Conference USA, Horizon League, Ivy League, MAAC, MAC, MEAC, Missouri Valley, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot League, Southern, Southland, Summit League, SWAC, Sun Belt, West Coast, and WAC
The list will be updated as more players make their decisions to transfer this off-season, and as the players in the rankings commit to their respective new programs.
– T. Bennett