SARNIA, Ont. — It’s easy to be overlooked in today’s college basketball world.
According to Verbal Commits, over 700 players have transferred this season, and the list continues to grow with each passing day. Last season, a total of 885 players transferred to different schools across North America. Many fans and members of the media focus on the higher profile players, thus overlooking several players who will have significant impacts at smaller programs across the NCAA.
This off-season has been no different. All eyes tend to focus on the power conference schools, overlooking the vast majority of programs until the NCAA Tournament rolls around. However, there is a ton of talent on the move this season that will have a big impact on how the 2018-19 season plays out.
Several of this year’s transfers qualify as graduate transfers, meaning they’re eligible to play immediately for their new programs. The graduate transfer market has grown with each passing season, and the likes of the Nevada Wolf Pack and Xavier Musketeers have loaded up on talent by way of the graduate transfer market in recent years.
With such an extensive list of transfers out there, it’s tough to narrow lists down. Instead of listing the top graduate transfers for next season, we took a different approach. Here are 10 graduate transfers who have been overlooked this off-season, but will have a strong impact with their new programs throughout the 2018-19 season. Continue reading Ten Underrated Graduate Transfers for the 2018-19 Season→
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. — The Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks have added some Canadian flare to their roster for the 2018-19 season.
Coming off a dismal 2017-18 season, one that saw the Hawks deal with injuries to their top three returning scorers from the season before, interim head coach Clifford Reed and the rest of the coaching staff are hoping for a big bounce back year in 2018-19. The trio of Ryan Andino, Dontae Caldwell, and Isaac Taylor are back healthy, and will look to lead the Hawks to a MEAC crown.
With key names leaving from last year’s team, the Hawks had some holes to fill. The Hawks have already added graduate transfer Kevin Larkin to the mix, but were still looking for others to come in and fill out their roster. On Wednesday, they added another piece to the puzzle from north of the border.
CHICAGO, Ill. — They may not have a head coach as of yet for the 2018-19 season, but the Chicago State Cougars have themselves a talented point guard moving forwards.
Following the 2017-18 season, the Cougars fired head coach Tracy Dildy after eight seasons at the helm of the program. Dildy, who also served as the Athletic Director, was relieved of his duties after guiding the Cougars to a 3-29 record.
Now, with the 2018-19 season getting closer with each passing day, the Cougars are still without a head coach to guide the team into the future. With that said, they are still active on the recruiting trail and landed themselves a point guard with Division I experience on Sunday afternoon.
TOWSON, Md. –The Towson Tigers will look considerably different in 2018-19 in comparison to their 2017-18 roster.
After an 18-win season, the Tigers will be without their top five scorers heading into the 2018-19 season. Towson lost three players to graduation, and another two players decided to transfer out of the program.
Leading scorer Zane Martin (19.8 ppg) opted to transfer from the team after his sophomore season, as did fellow sophomore Justin Gorham (9.8 ppg, 6.7 rpg). While both players have yet to commit to new programs, it’s unlikely that they’ll be back in a Towson jersey.
Add in the graduation of Brian Starr, Mike Morsell, and Eddie Keith II, and the Tigers lose over 60 points per game of production from their 2017-18 roster (60.6) ppg.
On Monday, the Tigers got some good news on the transfer market. While the addition won’t help them right away in 2018-19, it does add an intriguing piece to the puzzle for the 2019-20 season and beyond. Towson landed a commitment from guard Juwan Gray, who will join the Tigers after two years on the West Coast with the San Diego Toreros. Continue reading Towson Lands San Diego Transfer Juwan Gray→
LYNCHBURG, Va. — The Liberty Flames have been known to get creative on social media, especially with their videos.
First, there was the time that their freshmen had some fun with the idea of commitment videos. In a press conference, three student-athletes picked from different textbooks to declare their major at the university.
ALBANY, N.Y. — What an off-season it’s been for the Albany Great Danes.
The Great Danes have lost a ton of talent and production from their 2017-18 team this off-season, whether it be to graduation of players transferring out of the program. Their top four scorers are all gone, a group that includes three players that averaged at least 14.6 points per game.
Guards Joe Cremo and David Nichols both transferred from the program at the end of the year. Cremo joined the reigning champion Villanova Wildcats, while Nichols is taking his talents to the ACC after committing to the Florida State Seminoles. Add in the graduation of both Travis Charles and Greig Stire, and the roster is thin for the Great Danes.
Coach Will Brown and his staff have added transfers this off-season to help shoulder the load on both ends of the court. Freshman Phillip Flory transferred from the Seton Hall Pirates, and will be immediately eligible this season. On Tuesday, they added another player that brings a wealth of experience with him to the program.