CALGARY, Alta. — The 2017 transfer list is creeping up on 700 names.
Plenty of players have committed to their new schools, and have made some waves with their decisions in the process. Some of the decisions have changed the landscape of college basketball, like C.J. Bryce committing to Kevin Keatts and the NC State Wolfpack, or the Lawson brothers, Jack Whitman, and Charlie Moore committing to the Kansas Jayhawks, just to name a few.
While the majority of players have found their new homes, there is still a ton of talent still available on the transfer market. With the off-season slowing ticking away, available players are still taking official visits, in search of their next stop on their respective basketball journey.
Here are seven of the top available transfers, all of whom come from outside of the power conferences.
Quinton Forrest – Bethune-Cookman Wildcats
2016-17 Stats: 12.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.4 spg
After seeing his minutes increase from 16.5 per game as a freshman to over 30 per night last year, Forrest showcased his talents for the Wildcats in 2016-17. He finished third on the team in scoring, averaging 12.2 points per contest.
At 6’5” and 210 pounds, he is a big, athletic guard who can score when needed, but doesn’t need the ball in his hands to impact the game. If he can improve his long distance shooting (29.9% in ’16-17), his game will go to another level.
After sitting out one year, Forrest will have two years of eligibility starting in 2018-19.
Dejon Jarreau – Massachusetts Minutemen
2016-17 Stats: 9.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 4.5 apg; 44.2% FG
Once ranked as a top 100 recruit by ESPN in the Class of 2016, Dejon Jarreau transferred from Massachusetts after one season. Along with fellow freshman Brison Gresham, the duo are considered a package deal for future schools, much like they were out of high school for the Minutemen.
Jarreau has many talents on the basketball court. He has excellent court vision and basketball IQ. He is a strong body in the paint to grab rebounds, and isn’t afraid to battle against bigger forwards on the glass on both ends of the floor. Like Forrest, if Jarreau can improve his three point shooting, he will see his game rise to another level.
Both Jarreau and Gresham will sit out one season, and have three years of eligibility remaining.
Corey Henson – Wagner Seahawks
2016-17 Stats: 14.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.7 apg; 35.3% 3PT
There were rumours floating around that Henson could very well return to Wagner next season. However, they appear to have been just that: rumours. Henson is still on the transfer market, and despite only having one year of eligibility remaining in the NCAA, he can provide a team with a significant back court boost come the 2018-19 season.
With Wagner last season, he averaged 14.6 points per contest, good for top spot on the team. He topped the 1,000-point mark for his career with the Seahawks late in the season. However, his three point shooting dipped slightly. He attempted 184 three-pointers for the second year in a row, but made just 65, down nine from the year before. Still, he is a strong shooting guard who will give any team a boost for a year.
Brandon Alston – Lehigh Mountain Hawks
2016-17 Stats: 6.7 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.2 apg; 45.6% FG
Experienced guards are a coveted asset in the NCAA, which makes Alston a top priority for a lot of teams across the country. Having played for a talented Lehigh program for the last two seasons, Alston knows what it takes to win at the top level.
While he doesn’t score a whole lot (6.7 ppg in 20 mpg last season), he is a reliable back court role player who can be a serviceable option in the starting five or off the bench. He protects the ball well, having committed just 79 turnovers (1.3 per game) over the past two years combined. Alston has heard from the likes of the Massachusetts Minutemen and LSU Tigers, among others.
The junior from Vienna, VA is immediately eligible for next season as a graduate transfer.
MiKyle McIntosh – Illinois State Redibrds
2016-17 Stats: 12.5 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.8 apg; 41.0% FG
McIntosh surprised many back in mid-April when it was announced that he was leaving the Illinois State men’s basketball program. He declared for the 2017 NBA Draft without an agent, and went through several workouts before ultimately removing his name from the draft.
Last season with the Redbirds, McIntosh finished third on the team in scoring, averaging 12.5 points per contest on 41.0% shooting from the field. He has visited the Oregon Ducks and Oklahoma Sooners this off-season, and would be a huge addition up front for either team.
The Pickering, Ontario native is immediately eligible for next season as a graduate transfer.
Samir Doughty – VCU Rams
2016-17 Stats: 9.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.1 apg; 40.9% FG
After Mike Rhoades was named the new head coach of the Rams, the outlook for the 2017-18 season was high. With graduate transfer Khris Lane also in the mix, the Rams were expected to be the top team in the Atlantic 10. Then, Doughty transferred from the program after one season.
Doughty was expected by many to take on a bigger role with the Rams this season, especially after averaging 9.0 points and close to four rebounds per game in just over 23 minutes per game as a freshman in 2016-17.
After sitting out a year, one lucky team will get three years of Doughty starting in 2018-19.
Zach Lofton – Texas Southern Tigers
2016-17 Stats: 16.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.5 apg; 42.0% FG
Arguably the top transfer left on the market, the reigning SWAC Player of the Year and honourable mention AP All-American is looking to make waves on the national scene once again. After one stellar season at Texas Southern, Lofton is ready to make the move to a power program and leave his mark.
After averaging 16.8 points per game and leading the Tigers to the 2017 NCAA Tournament, Lofton has received a ton of attention from several power conference programs, including the NC State Wolfpack and South Carolina Gamecocks.
Lofton will be immediately eligible for the 2017-18 season as a graduate transfer, and it will mark his third team at the Division I level (freshman at Illinois State in 2013-14).
Five more to keep an eye on:
Malik Pugh – UT-Martin Skyhawks
Craig Bowman, Jr. – Florida A&M Rattlers
Earl Potts, Jr. – Fairleigh Dickinson Knights
Josh Hearlihy – Vermont Catamounts
– T. Bennett