Transfer Talk: Chris Darrington to Toledo, Plus Several Stars Move to Division I

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Michigan guard Ibi Wagner announced his intentions to transfer from the Wolverines on Thursday night, less than two weeks after appearing in the 2018 National Championship game. (Source: 247 Sports) (Header: Chattanooga Times Free Press)

SARNIA, Ont. — Friday the 13th was a quiet day on the transfer market, as none of the big names committed to new schools for next season and beyond.

With that said, several teams from across the NCAA got better with the moves that did take place over the course of the day. A handful of schools landed commitments from players outside of Division I, while one new head coach in particular landed his first major recruit.

In addition to the commitments, a pair of players announced their intentions to transfer from their respective programs. Late Thursday night, a player that took part in the 2018 National Championship game announced his intentions to transfer, while another who advanced to the Elite Eight transferred on Friday.

Here’s all that you may have missed on the transfer market during the day on Friday.

Tennessee transfer Chris Darrington commits to Toledo

After one season with the Tennessee Volunteers, point guard Chris Darrington is returning to his hometown for his final year of collegiate eligibility.

Darrington, a native of Toledo, committed to the Toledo Rockets on Friday after transferring from Tennessee following the 2017-18 season. The 6’1” guard will sit out the 2018-19 season due to transfer regulations in the NCAA, and will have one year left in 2019-20 to put on his hometown school’s jersey.

Over the course of the 2017-18 season, Darrington was used sparingly for the Volunteers. He averaged 2.6 points and 0.8 assists per game, while averaging 8.4 minutes of court time per night. He saw one minute of action in the 2018 NCAA Tournament, recording one block in Tennessee’s 73-47 win over the Wright State Raiders in the First Round.

While Darrington didn’t see the floor much with Tennessee, he will bring a wealth of experience back to his hometown school. He will look to help guide the Rockets to a post-season berth in 2019-20 when he becomes eligible.

Prior to joining the Volunteers, Darrington was a star at Vincennes University. He earned first team NJCAA Division I All-American honours while helping Vincennes to a 32-3 record in his final year. He also averaged 20.7 points and 5.1 assists per game, both of which were team highs.

Ibi Wagner transfers from Michigan

Less than two weeks after playing in the 2018 National Championship game, sophomore guard Ibi Wagner has opted to transfer from the Michigan Wolverines.

Wagner saw limited court time over his two seasons in Ann Arbor. The 6’5” guard averaged 4.4 minutes per game as a freshman in 2016-17, and 5.2 minutes per game this past year. He averaged 2.2 points and 0.8 rebounds per game this past season.

During the 2018 NCAA Tournament, Wagner saw action in four of the Wolverines’ six contests, including the National Championship game. He posted three points in eight minutes of court time in the Sweet 16 against the Texas A&M Aggies, and he added two points in the title game against the Villanova Wildcats.

After sitting out the 2018-19 season, Wagner will have two years of eligibility left in the NCAA.

Mississippi Valley State loses a pair to transfers

Year after year, the player turnover for the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils is a thing to behold. The program struggles to hold onto their top talents with each passing year, and Friday brought that to the forefront once again this off-season.

Both Gemaal Davis and Davere Creighton announced their intentions to transfer from the team after just one season. Both were juniors this past season after transferring up to the Division I level.

Davis ranked fourth on the team in scoring, averaging 5.3 points to go along with 2.4 rebounds per game. He shot 36.2% from the field and 70.1% from the free throw line in 13.4 minutes per game this past season.

Davis posted a season-high 13 points on a pair of occasions. He posted 13 points in the second game of the season against the Utah Utes, and he did it once more in SWAC play against the Prairie View A&M Panthers.

Creighton, a 6’6” forward from Brooklyn, averaged under eight minutes of court time per night. He posted 2.4 points per game over the course of the year, and he shot a sub par 26.8% from the field.

Michael Fly lands first commitment as Florida Gulf Coast Head Coach

The 2017-18 off-season has been one full of change for the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles.

Head coach Joe Dooley took the same position with the East Carolina Pirates. In his place comes Michael Fly, who inherits a roster that will look considerably different than it did a season ago. The Eagles will be without Brandon Goodwin, who graduated, and potentially Zach Johnson, who is a graduate transfer and is receiving heavy interest from several schools across the country.

However, on Friday, Fly landed his first commitment as the head coach of the Eagles. Dunk City bolstered their back court with the addition of 6’2” guard Malik Hardy, who played for the Nova Southeastern Sharks (Div. II) last season.

Hardy averaged 17.1 points and 4.5 rebounds per game last season as a freshman. Add in the fact that he shot 49.2% from the field over the course of the season, the Eagles landed themselves a talented guard who has a ton of potential at the Division I level.

Starting in 2018-19, Hardy will have three years of eligibility left with Florida Gulf Coast.

Other Moves from Friday

Here’s what else took place over the course of Friday, with all tweets coming from Verbal Commits:

– T. Bennett