SAN ANGELO, Tex. — As of July 9th, 135 players transferred from Division I to play at Division II institutions next season, per Verbal Commits.
Considering 736 players have transferred to date, that means that over 18% of players have transferred to Division II.
On Monday, that number grew even larger, as a trio of players all made the move to the Division II level. All three players, who played their Division I basketball all across the United States, committed to the same program in San Angelo, Texas.
The Angelo State Rams bolstered their roster for the 2017-18 campaign with the addition of guard Ja’Michael Brown and forwards Ran Tut and Derrien King.
Brown, a 6’1” guard who played the last two seasons in the Conference USA with the North Texas Mean Green, is the biggest pickup of the three for head coach Cinco Boone and the Rams. He was one of just five players to play in all 30 games last season for North Texas.
Over the course of the year, Brown averaged 5.8 points and 1.9 assists per contest as a sophomore. With the departure of five guards due to graduation for the Rams, Brown adds some much-needed depth to the back court rotation.
Up front, the Rams add some depth in the form of Ran Tut and Derrien King.
Tut appeared in only 12 games for the South Carolina Gamecocks, averaging 1.0 points and 1.3 rebounds in 5.1 minutes of court time per night.
King played just nine games with the Washington State Cougars, but he was productive in his handful of games. The 6’6” King averaged 6.6 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.
While both Tut and King saw limited action this past season, all three players will provide a considerable amount of depth for Angelo State, as the Rams look to contend for a Division II title in 2018-19.
– T. Bennett