SAN MARCOS, Ca. — With each passing year, the number of players who transfer schools is staggering.
The current tally for the 2017 transfer list sits at 721, according to Verbal Commits. That number is down slightly from the total of 809 transfers in 2016, but there’s still time for that number to grow and push the 800-mark.
Not all of those players are transferring to other Division I schools. Rather, many are taking alternative routes, with the hopes of returning to the Division I level before their collegiate careers are done.
For reasons that we never will know for certain, players go down a level with the hopes of proving their talents to Division I schools. Some are looking for more minutes, while some are simply looking for a better fit.
One of the biggest players on the transfer market in recent years has been the Cal State San Marcos Cougars, who will play at the Division II level as full members for the first time in 2017-18. Last year alone, they added five players with Division I experience to their roster.
This off-season, they have added a couple more, including a strong addition to the back court on Saturday.
Guard Asa Cantwell, who played two seasons with the Houston Baptist Huskies, announced he was transferring to the Cougars.
Back on May 19th, it was announced that Cantwell was leaving the program after two seasons.
In 2016-17, he was a part-time starter with the Huskies, averaging 19.5 minutes per contest. He averaged 5.8 points and 1.4 assists per contest, while shooting 36.1% from the field and a perfect 11-of-11 from the free throw line for the year.
Over his two seasons with the Huskies, Cantwell made his mark as a solid three point shooter. He hit 51 three pointers as a sophomore in 2016-17, finishing the season shooting 38.3% from beyond the arc.
Cantwell put up a career-high 17 points against the Northwestern State Demons back in February, hitting four-of-five from beyond the arc in the Huskies’ 86-69 victory.
He joins Dalton Soffer, who transferred from the Seton Hall Pirates, as the two Division I transfers to commit to the Cougars so far this offseason, both of whom are immediately eligible in 2017-18.
– T. Bennett