CALGARY, Alta. — You get a graduate transfer, and you get a graduate transfer.
Over the past three days, several of the top graduate transfers announced their decisions for the 2017-18 season, causing a big shake-up in terms of the overall rankings. In the process, they all boosted the chances of their respective teams for next season in their own conference races.
Kendall Smith committed to the Oklahoma State Cowboys,. Ray Bowles committed to the Fresno State Bulldogs, and Duby Okeke committed to the Nebraska Cornhuskers over the past couple of days. Arguably the biggest commitment over the weekend was forward Khris Lane committing to his hometown team, the VCU Rams.
Four of the biggest names on the grad transfer market are off the board, so now where do teams look for some immediate production come the 2017-18 season?
Another big name hit the market this weekend, and he averaged over 15 points per game a year ago for the UTSA Roadrunners. Add him to the mix, and there’s still plenty of talent out there, all of whom are eager to find the right fit and help a team play deep into March.
Amidst all of the changes, here’s an updated list of the top 15 uncommitted graduate transfers from non-power programs, as of April 23rd.
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)
Former School: Illinois State Redbirds
2016-17 Stats: 12.5 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.8 apg; 41.0% FG, 76.3% FT
3. Kassius Robertson (Redshirt Junior)
Former School: Canisius Golden Griffins
2016-17 Stats: 16.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.4 apg; 44.7% FG, 41.0% 3PT
4. 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)
5. 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)
6. 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
7. 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
8. 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
9. Jeff Beverly (Redshirt Junior)
Former School: UT-San Antonio Roadrunners
2016-17 Stats: 15.8 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.0 apg; 39.7% FG, 75.3% FT
10. Ahmed Hamdy-Mohamed (Redshirt Junior)
Former School: VCU Rams
2016-17 Stats: 5.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 0.6 bpg; 47.7% FG
11. 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
12. Jack Whitman (Redshirt Junior)
Former School: William & Mary Tribe
2016-17 Stats: 10.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.1 bpg; 66.0% FG
13. Rene Castro (Redshirt Junior)
Former School: Duquesne Dukes
2016-17 Stats: 7.1 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 2.1 apg; 41.7% FG
14. Lexus Williams (Redshirt Junior)
Former School: Valparaiso Crusaders
2016-17 Stats: 5.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.4 spg; 41.2% FG
15. A.C. Reid (Junior)
Former School: Liberty Flames
2016-17 Stats: 4.8 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 1.6 apg; 32.9% 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