SARNIA, Ont. — Experience goes a long way in today’s college basketball.
A team can have all the talent in the world, but if they don’t have those veteran players that the younger ones can lean on during tough times, that could lead to an early exit from the NCAA Tournament or a rough stretch during the regular season. It could mean the difference between making the field of 68 or missing out on the Big Dance altogether.
As the off-season continues to move along, players on the transfer market are committing to their new programs for next season and beyond. With each passing day, it seems as though names are being added to the transfer list, while others are taking their names off the list with their school announcements.
With the high turnover, it’s become somewhat confusing to keep track of who is still on the market and who has committed. There are still a ton of talented players on the market, taking visits and determining the best course of action for the next chapter of their basketball careers.
In terms of the seniors who transferred following the 2017-18 season, the big names like Ehab Amin, Tre Campbell, Christen Cunningman, Ar’Mond Davis, and Zaynah Robinson are all of the market. However, there are still some intriguing options left that could be key role players for several teams across the country.
Here are the top 10 remaining senior transfers for the 2018-19, all of whom are immediately eligible for the upcoming season.
1. Jalyn Patterson – LSU Tigers
2016-17 Stats: 6.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.2 spg; 38.0% FG
Patterson opted to redshirt during the 2017-18 season while considering his options for his final year of eligibility. The 6’1” guard had a positive assist-to-turnover ratio in each of his three seasons in Baton Rouge, LA. For his LSU career, Patterson recorded 207 assists to just 101 turnovers.
2. Wil Bathurst – Cornell Big Red
2017-18 Stats: 7.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.1 apg; 38.8% FG, 69.2% FT (7 GP)
Through the first seven games of the season, Bathurst was putting up career high numbers. While his numbers won’t blow you away, he had improved his scoring numbers in each season while with the Big Red. The native of Olean, NY will be a nice depth addition for any program in the NCAA.
3. Cheddi Mosely – Boston Univ. Terriers
2017-18 Stats: 7.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 0.5 apg, 0.5 spg; 55.6% FG (2 GP)
Guard Cheddi Mosely was limited to just 31 minutes of action over two games this season due to injury. He posted 12 points and four rebounds in the season opener, showing that he was rounding back into form after missing most of the 2016-17 season due to injury. If Mosely can bounce back and return as the player he was in 2015-16, in which he averaged 13.3 points per game, he’ll make one team and their fans very happy.
4. Tory Miller-Stewart – Colorado Buffaloes
2017-18 Stats: 6.2 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 0.3 apg; 66.7% FG (6 GP)
The 6’9”, 246-pound big man from Kansas City will provide one team a big size boost in the front court. Miller-Stewart is a big body that’s tough to move away from the basket. In a reserve role, he pulled down at least 4.0 rebounds per game in each of the last three seasons for Colorado. A season-ending injury limited him to six games a year ago, but he was on pace for a career year with 6.2 points and 4.7 rebounds per contest.
5. Tashombe Riley – South Carolina State Bulldogs
2016-17 Stats: 11.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 0.8 apg, 0.7 spg; 49.8% FG
Before the season, Riley was in the conversation for MEAC Player of the Year with his role and production with the Bulldogs. However, he missed the entire season due to a severe lower leg injury. The 6’7” forward made positive strides in each season with the Bulldogs, becoming more effective on the glass and more efficient from the floor, improving his shooting percentage, rebounds per game, and points per game with each passing season.
6. Joshua Floyd – Savannah State Tigers
2016-17 Stats: 7.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.6 apg; 38.4% FG, 32.7% 3PT
Floyd only played one season with Savannah State, but he performed rather well and left more to be desired for his future. The native of Miramar, FL posted 12 points in his Tigers’ debut, and he had double-figures in two of his first three games at the Division I level. Floyd struggled down the stretch, recording double-digit points just once over his final 11 games in 2016-17.
7. Dondre Duffus – Southeast Missouri State Redhawks
2017-18 Stats: 5.7 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.0 spg; 50.0% FG (3 GP)
Dondre Duffus struggled with injuries over his two seasons at Southeast Missouri State, playing a combined 146 minutes between the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons. He averaged 5.7 points per game in both seasons in a reserved role, showing that he has the ability to contribute off the bench. The native of Palm Beach, FL is a confident three point jumper away from taking his game to another level. Duffus attempted just four shots from long range over eight games with the Redhawks, hitting a pair.
8. Quadri Moore – Cincinnati Bearcats
2016-17 Stats: 2.9 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 0.3 apg; 35.1% FG
The 6’8” Moore was used sparingly over his three seasons with the Bearcats, never averaging more than 8.2 minutes per game in a seasons. Still, any player that plays under a coach like Mick Cronin and in the AAC will garner their fair share of looks on the transfer market. Moore didn’t play in 2017-18, but will bring size and depth to a program that gives him a shot in his final season.
9. Jason Massey – Brown Bears
2017-18 Stats: 3.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 0.5 apg; 59.4% FG, 33.3% 3PT
After three seasons at Brown, the Copper City, FL native opted to transfer for his final year of collegiate eligibility. Massey had himself a career year in 2015-16, averaging 6.1 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. He missed the 2016-17 campaign, but came back and posted respectable numbers off the bench for a much-improved Brown team in 2017-18. At 6’4” and 220 pounds, Massey will bring some size to any back court rotation in the NCAA.
10. Chancellor Barnard – Loyola (MD) Greyhounds
2016-17 Stats: 4.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 0.6 apg, 0.6 apg; 49.1% FG
Like several names above him on this list, Barnard didn’t play in 2017-18, and last the court in the NCAA during the 2016-17 season. The 6’4” wing was strong on the glass over his three seasons, recording at least 94 rebounds in each season for the Greyhounds. If he can become more effective from three point range in his final season, Barnard will be a steal on the transfer market for a team looking some extra depth and versatility in their lineup.
Be sure to visit Verbal Commits online to keep up with the latest transfer news, and to see the full list of players who have transferred this off-season.
– T. Bennett