SARNIA, Ont. — The off-season following the 2017-18 season is in full swing, which means it’s time to look ahead at the upcoming 2018-19 season.
Only 207 days to go!
Until then, there will be plenty of player and team news to keep us more than occupied. With each passing day, some players are making their decisions to transfer from their current institutions, while others are committing to their new schools for next season and beyond. Some days are much busier than others with news, making it tough to keep up with everything.
With that said, the first edition of Transfer Talk is here for your convenience. From Monday through to Friday, we will recap the news from the previous day on the transfer market, giving it all to you in one, easy-to-read article.
If a player decides to transfer, you’ll find it here. If a player commits to a new school, it’ll be here. If a player releases his short list of schools, chances are it’ll be here as well. I’m only human, and chances are I’ll miss some news here and there as well, so bear with me.
On Thursday, two big names hit the open market, while several transfers have either trimmed their list of schools or have set up visits in the coming weeks.
Eric Lockett transfers from Florida International; immediately eligible
For the second time in his career, guard Eric Lockett is transferring.
After his freshman season with the George Mason Patriots, Lockett transferred to the Florida International Golden Panthers, where he has played for the last two seasons. Now, Lockett will hit the open market as a graduate transfer, and with the numbers he put up a season ago, he should be one of the more sought-after recruits.
Lockett finished third in scoring for FIU last season, averaging 14.3 points per game on 46.6% shooting from the floor. Lockett made a big jump in 2017-18, as he averaged just 5.1 points per game the season before. Add in Lockett’s 6.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game, and it’s easy to see why a player of Lockett’s abilities will be highly coveted on the transfer market.
Look for the 6’5” guard to garner a lot of attention this off-season, as he can provide immediate offense in 2018-19 for whichever program lands his services.
Sophomore guard Nazeer Bostick transfers from Penn State
The reigning NIT Champions are losing some depth in the back court for next season.
Sophomore guard Nazeer Bostick announced via Twitter on Thursday that he was transferring from the Penn State Nittany Lions, and will play his remaining two years of collegiate eligibility elsewhere. Bostick appeared in 35 games for the Nittany Lions this past season, giving Penn State some extra depth in the back court.
Bostick averaged 4.7 points and 2.3 rebounds per game, while averaging just over 17 minutes of court time per night out. He posted 12 points in the Nittany Lions’ win over the Temple Owls in their NIT opener. After that, he would only appear in one of the team’s final four games in the tournament, playing eight minutes against the Mississippi State Bulldogs in the semi-finals.
At 6’4” and 203 pounds, Bostick will add some size to the back court rotation of his new program over the next two seasons. He will sit out the 2018-19 season, and will become eligible in 2019-20.
James Scott trims list to six schools
Former Kennesaw State Owls’ guard James Scott has garnered a ton of attention on the transfer market after his breakout sophomore season in 2017-18.
The native of Union, N.J. saw his minutes increase from 15.4 per game as a freshman to over 31 per game as a sophomore, and he made the most of it. Scott averaged 8.5 points per game in 2016-17, compared to 17.3 points per game this past season. Add in his 2.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game, and Scott had himself a strong second season in the NCAA.
On Thursday, Scott took to his Instagram account to announce his final six schools. In no particular order: Nevada, Connecticut, Virginia Tech, Dayton, Arizona, and Temple.
Darious Hall continues to garner heavy interest across the country
Freshman forward Darious Hall didn’t put up the biggest of numbers during the 2017-18 season, but the 6’6” forward is garnering his fair share of attention. Hall averaged 5.1 points and 3.1 rebounds in under 15 minutes per game this season for the Arkansas Razorbacks.
He shot an even 50% from the field over the course of the season.
Per ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, Hall is receiving a ton of interest from schools all across the NCAA. The list of teams who have reached out to Hall include West Virginia, Nevada, Georgia Southern, South Alabama, and Middle Tennessee, among others.
Hall will sit out the 2018-19 season due to transfer regulations, and will have three years of eligibility left.
Former Washington State guard Malachi Flynn receiving heavy interest
From the moment he decided to transfer, guard Malachi Flynn has been one of the hottest names on the market. Formerly of the Washington State Cougars, the 6’1” guard put up impressive numbers in 2017-18, his second season in the NCAA.
Flynn was one of just three Cougars to play in all 31 games, and he was one of just two players to average double digit points per game. He averaged 15.8 points per game, while also chipping in 3.4 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game.
He has received interest from several high-profile schools, three of which call the Mountain West Conference their home (Nevada, San Diego State, Boise State).
Flynn will sit out a year, and have two years of eligibility remaining, starting in 2019-20.
Upcoming visits for transfers
Below is a series of tweets from both Jeff Goodman and Jeff Borzello that outline future visits for several transfer players over the coming weeks.
– T. Bennett