CALGARY, Alta. — Once again, change is good, and sometimes it’s needed.
For over 700 players across the NCAA this offseason, change has been needed, as they’ve opted to transfer to a new program for various reasons.
While the vast majority of them have committed to new schools, there’s still a slew of talented players who are on the market, and are flying under the radar.
There are the suspects who get the bulk of the attention, like Bryan Alberts from the Gonzaga Bulldogs, Dejon Jarreau and Brison Gresham from the Massachusetts Minutemen, and Ibrahima Diallo from the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, just to name a few.
However, there are several talented players from smaller programs and conferences who aren’t garnering the level of attention they deserve, but all of whom can help a team in the future.
Here are five players who are flying under the radar, with a few extras at the end to keep an eye on as the offseason moves along.
Dontae Caldwell – Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks
2016-17 Stats: 8.3 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.3 apg; 42.4% FG, 30.4% 3PT
The back court rotation for Maryland-Eastern Shore has taken a hit this offseason, as Caldwell, Michael Chambers, and Randall Pickett have all transferred, while Thomas Rivera and Marc Seylan have both graduated.
Caldwell is arguably the biggest loss to the back court, as he had the biggest upside of the five guards. He was fourth on the team in scoring, as he averaged 8.3 points per contest. While his three point shooting percentage decreased from his freshman year, he improved his overall field goal shooting to 42.4% from the floor.
At 6’5”, Caldwell brings size to the back court, and his talents allow for him to line up at either the two or three, depending which direction a team wants to take with their lineup.
Caldwell is also a consistent producer on the offensive end. From December 19th to January 30th last season, a span of 11 games, Caldwell scored in double figures in eight of them. He had 13 double-digit scoring games throughout the entire year.
If he can continue to utilize his size to his advantage, and overpower smaller guards in the paint and on the glass, his game will go to another level.
Tyler Singleton – Incarnate Word Cardinals
2016-17 Stats: 9.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.4 apg; 43.3% FG, 36.8% 3PT
Quietly, Incarnate Word was home to one of the more balanced offenses in the country last season. Six players appeared in at least 28 of the team’s 29 games, and averaged 6.6 points per game or more.
One of those players was sophomore guard Tyler Singleton, who finished fourth on the team in scoring, averaging 9.7 points per contest. Singleton emerged as a strong scoring guard in 2016-17, and showed a ton of promise for his future in the NCAA and beyond.
From his freshman to sophomore year, he more than doubled his scoring average, increasing it by five points per game. He also developed a three point jumper as a sophomore, hitting 14-of-38 (36.8%) from beyond the arc. By adding that extra element to his game last season, he set himself up for a huge boost in production, which we saw in 2016-17.
As he continues to develop his shooting stroke from distance, Singleton could become one of the better shooting guards in the country that nobody is talking about.
Wes Myers – Maine Black Bears
2016-17 Stats: 16.9 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.1 spg; 43.7% FG, 34.3% 3PT
Wes Myers led Maine in scoring last season with an average of 16.9 points per contest, and was third on the team in rebounding. He’s one of the best transfers left on the market this offseason, but why aren’t people talking about him and his abilities?
He improved his shooting as a junior, hitting on 43.7% of his field goal attempts. That resulted in a 7.5 point per game jump from his sophomore year (9.4) to his junior season (16.9). In fact, Myers improved his shooting percentage, scoring, rebounding, assist, and steal totals in each of his three seasons in the NCAA, two of which were with the Niagara Purple Eagles.
In his only year as a Black Bear, Myers had 23 double-digit scoring games. He put up four games with 30 or more points, including a 33-point performance against the UMBC Retrievers back in February.
Ja’Michael Brown – North Texas Mean Green
2016-17 Stats: 5.8 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.2 spg; 34.0% FG
As a freshman, Ja’Michael Brown showed a ton of promise, averaging 8.2 points and 2.6 rebounds per contest, while shooting over 40% from the floor and 39.3% from three point range. In 2016-17, he saw his minutes decrease slightly, and his production dipped along with it.
Brown didn’t have the same shooting touch as he did the year prior, as he finished the year shooting just 25.2% from three point range. He averaged 5.8 points and 1.9 rebounds per game. The emergence of other players likely contributed to the decrease in minutes for Brown, but the potential is still there.
With the right situation, expect Brown to rediscover his shooting touch and find the form he had as a freshman. The 6’1” guard is someone you don’t want to sleep on.
Emarius Logan – Appalachian State Mountaineers
2016-17 Stats: 7.2 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 2.5 apg; 33.0% FG, 32.0% 3PT
Last season for Appalachian State, Emarius Logan took on a bit of a different role within the team, and he saw an increase in his production on both ends of the floor.
In 29 games, Logan averaged 7.2 points and a team-high 2.5 assists per contest, both of which were a step above his freshman totals of 5.7 points and 1.2 assists. The biggest improvement in Logan’s game last season was his ball security. After committing 56 turnovers to just 38 assists as a freshman, he had a ratio of 72-to-57 as a sophomore.
For programs looking for an emerging guard who can run the offense and has improved ball security, look no further than Logan. As he continues to improve his all-around game, he is focusing on the right areas.
Plus, he can score a little bit, evident by his 21-point performance against the Hampton Pirates in December, where he went 6-of-8 from the floor in the Mountaineers’ win.
Five more to keep an eye on:
Earl Potts, Jr. – Fairleigh Dickinson Knights
Reggie Reid – Florida Gulf Coast Eagles
DJ Clayton – Illinois State Redbirds
Reggie Kissoonlal – Northwestern State Demons
Zavier Peart – Manhattan Jaspers
– T. Bennett