Category Archives: 2016-17 Post-Season

South Florida bolsters roster for 2017-18 with addition of three graduate transfers

Penn State transfer Payton Banks is one of three graduate transfers to commit to South Florida this off-season, bolstering the roster for the Bulls in 2017-18.

TAMPA, Fla. — When one thinks of basketball power programs, one name that doesn’t jump out is the South Florida Bulls.

Over the past few years, the Bulls have finished in the bottom half of the American Athletic Conference standings, and have been riddled by transfers. During the 2016-17 season, leading scorer Jahmal McMurray transferred despite playing in just three games.

He was averaging over 20 points per contest over those three games.

Then, this off-season, Mike Bibby Jr. announced he was transferring from the program. Add that to the list of things going against the Bulls next season.

However, there have been plenty of things to be excited about as next season slowly approaches. The addition of three transfers, all of whom are immediately eligible in 2017-18 as graduate transfers, have the Bulls trending in the right direction.

All three players will play significant roles next season with the Bulls, and provide significant depth at all three spots. Continue reading South Florida bolsters roster for 2017-18 with addition of three graduate transfers

Matt Morgan Declares For The NBA Draft

Cornell sophomore Matt Morgan was one of over 180 players to enter the 2017 NBA Draft early. He has not hired an agent, and is expected to return to school for his junior year.

Cornell Big Red combo guard Matt Morgan declared for the NBA Draft on Sunday after leading the Ivy League in scoring the past two seasons.

Morgan will not hire an agent in order to retain his college eligibility. In all likelihood, the combo guard will be back for his junior year and will use his declaration as an opportunity to talk to NBA scouts and coaches and continue to better his game.

Morgan is always looking to improve and take his game to the next level. Continue reading Matt Morgan Declares For The NBA Draft

Top 15 graduate transfers from non-power programs in 2017 – April 23rd

Lehigh transfer Brandon Alston was used sparingly over hos two years with the Mountain Hawks, but he has the talent to lead a team deep into March.

CALGARY, Alta. — You get a graduate transfer, and you get a graduate transfer.

Over the past three days, several of the top graduate transfers announced their decisions for the 2017-18 season, causing a big shake-up in terms of the overall rankings. In the process, they all boosted the chances of their respective teams for next season in their own conference races.

Kendall Smith committed to the Oklahoma State Cowboys,Ray Bowles committed to the Fresno State Bulldogs, and Duby Okeke committed to the Nebraska Cornhuskers over the past couple of days. Arguably the biggest commitment over the weekend was forward Khris Lane committing to his hometown team, the VCU Rams.

Four of the biggest names on the grad transfer market are off the board, so now where do teams look for some immediate production come the 2017-18 season?

Another big name hit the market this weekend, and he averaged over 15 points per game a year ago for the UTSA Roadrunners. Add him to the mix, and there’s still plenty of talent out there, all of whom are eager to find the right fit and help a team play deep into March.

Amidst all of the changes, here’s an updated list of the top 15 uncommitted graduate transfers from non-power programs, as of April 23rd.  Continue reading Top 15 graduate transfers from non-power programs in 2017 – April 23rd

Top 25 transfers from non-power programs in 2017 – April 23rd

Over the weekend, Jeff Beverly (middle) became the latest impact graduate transfer to hit the open market.

CALGARY, Alta. — What a weekend it was for transfer players all across the country.

Several of the nation’s top transfer players committed to their respective schools. Some will be eligible next season as graduate transfers, while many will sit out a year and be eligible in 2018-19.

The likes of freshmen Peter Kiss (Rutgers Scarlet Knights) and Isiaha Mike (SMU Mustangs) turned stellar first-year performances into a spot on a power conference roster for the future.

Other players, like Kendall Smith and Khris Lane, did the same as graduate transfers, and will look to lead their new programs to the NCAA Tournament next year.

With the shake-ups over the past weekend, several of our top transfer from non-power programs are no longer on the market. So, here’s an updated list of available transfer players from outside of power programs, as of April 23rd. Continue reading Top 25 transfers from non-power programs in 2017 – April 23rd

Graduate transfer Khris Lane commits to VCU

After averaging 17.1 points and 7.3 rebounds per game with Longwood last season, graduate transfer Khris Lane has committed to play his final year of college basketball at VCU.

RICHMOND, Va. — What an off-season it has been for the VCU Rams, and it’s only the 22nd of April.

After losing head coach Will Wade to the LSU Tigers, the Rams wasted little time in finding his replacement. They tabbed Mike Rhoades, formerly of the Rice Owls, to replace Wade at the helm. Since then, the off-season has exceeded expectations for VCU fans everywhere.

Shortly after Rhoades was hired, Rice transfer Marcus Evans committed to the Rams. Evans, who was regarded as one of the top transfers this year, will sit out the 2017-18 season due to transfer regulations, and will make his debut in the 2018-19 campaign.

Landing a player of Evans’ caliber would have been plenty for some coaches, but Rhoades wasn’t finished.

On Saturday afternoon, it was announced that one of the top graduate transfers had also committed to the Rams, and will provide an immediate impact in the front court next season.

Khris Lane, a graduate transfer from the Longwood Lancers, announced on Saturday that he would be transferring to VCU for his final year of collegiate basketball. Continue reading Graduate transfer Khris Lane commits to VCU

Top 15 graduate transfers from non-power programs in 2017 – April 20th

Sam Hunt shone bright in an otherwise dismal season for the North Carolina A&T Aggies in 2016-17.

CALGARY, Alta. — In college basketball, graduate transfers are highly coveted in the off-season.

For power conference teams who feel they are a piece or two away from competing for a conference title, and possibly the national crown, a graduate transfer could plug a few holes that may get them over the hump. On the flip side, smaller programs could turn to graduate transfers to simply fill out their roster for the ensuing year.

This off-season, the graduate transfer market has been filled with some spectacular names. Several of the bigger names have already found their final schools to close out their collegiate careers.

Egor Koulechov has committed to the Florida GatorsJustin Bibbins to the Utah UtesStephan Jiggetts to the South Florida Bulls, and Kerem Kanter to the Xavier Musketeers, among a slew of others.

With that said, there are plenty of talented prospects still looking for their new home, all of whom will have a big impact next season with their respective schools.

Here are the top 15 graduate transfers from non-power programs, as of April 20th. Continue reading Top 15 graduate transfers from non-power programs in 2017 – April 20th