Category Archives: 2018-19 Season

UMKC Transfer Isaiah Ross Commits to Nicholls

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Sophomore guard Isaiah Ross committed to the Nicholls Colonels on Sunday, bringing their transfer total to seven players this off-season. (Source: UMKC Athletics) (Header: UMKC Athletics)

THIBODAUX, La. — More boats will be burned in 2018-19 and beyond.

This off-season, the Nicholls Colonels have continued to build on their success from the past two seasons, and are quickly turning into a powerhouse team in the Southland Conference. After finishing second in the conference last season, new head coach Austin Claunch and the Colonels have their sights set on a conference title.

So far this off-season, the Colonels have added six transfers that will help the team immediately, and into the future. Three players are graduate transfers and will suit up in 2018-19, while three more will sit out this year and become eligible in 2019-20.

The trio of Gavin Peppers, Jaylan Robertson, and Jeremiah Jefferson will suit up for the Colonels in 2018-19. The likes of Nico Clareth, Dexter McClanahan, and D’Angelo Hunter will be eligible in 2019-20.

On Sunday, the Colonels added yet another talented player to the mix, bringing their transfer total to seven players since the 2017-18 season came to a close. Sophomore guard Isaiah Ross committed to Austin Claunch and the Colonels, adding another talented player to the mix for the 2019-20 season. Continue reading UMKC Transfer Isaiah Ross Commits to Nicholls

Ten Underrated Graduate Transfers for the 2018-19 Season

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After three years at Central Connecticut State, point guard Austin Nehls will take his talents to the MAC as a member of the Ball State Cardinals for the 2018-19 season. (Source: Mid-Major Madness) (Header: The Virginian-Pilot)

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.
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Canadian Forward Gabriel Gyamfi Commits to Maryland Eastern Shore

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Brampton, Ontario native Gabriel Gyamfi (20) has committed to Maryland-Eastern Shore for the 2018-19 season. (Source: Colby C.C. Athletics) (Header: Maryland-Eastern Shore Athletics)

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.

Canadian wing Gabriel Gyamfi has committed to the program for the 2018-19 season, bringing a Canadian contingent to the Hawks for the foreseeable future. Continue reading Canadian Forward Gabriel Gyamfi Commits to Maryland Eastern Shore

Point Guard Darrell Riley Jr. Commits to Chicago State

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After a year each at Mississippi Valley State and Williston State College, point guard Darrell Riley Jr. (#3) has committed to play for the Chicago State Cougars in 2018-19. (Header: Chicago Crusader)

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.

Guard Darrell Riley, Jr. announced on his Twitter page that he was committing to Chicago State, putting an end to his recruitment after transferring from Williston State College. Continue reading Point Guard Darrell Riley Jr. Commits to Chicago State

Liberty Basketball Gets Creative to Award Redshirt Senior Zach Farquhar a Scholarship

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Redshirt senior Zach Farquhar will be on scholarship for the 2018-19 season, his last with the Liberty Flames. (Source: Liberty Athletics) (Header: Liberty Athletics)

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.

Shortly after the video surfaced, the Flames had some more trickery up their sleeves. At the team’s first meeting after the players arrived for the fall semester, head coach Ritchie McKay surprised redshirt junior Zach Farquhar with a scholarship for the 2017-18 season.

Farquhar was bombarded with hugs and cheers from his teammates, and rightfully so.

Now, fast-forward to Tuesday, and the Flames were back at it once more. Again, it was at the expense of Farquhar, who is now a redshirt senior with the program. McKay had something else up his sleeve for the native of Cincinnati, OH, but he got some help from the Chief of Police with the Liberty University Police Department. Continue reading Liberty Basketball Gets Creative to Award Redshirt Senior Zach Farquhar a Scholarship

Massachusetts Transfer Rayshawn Miller Commits to Albany

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On the heels of a career year in 2017-18, Massachusetts graduate transfer Rayshawn Miller committed to the Albany Great Danes on Tuesday. (Source: Daily Hampshire Gazette) (Header: Massachusetts Athletics)

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.

Graduate transfer Rayshawn Miller committed to the Great Danes after three seasons in the Atlantic 10 with the Massachusetts Minutemen. Continue reading Massachusetts Transfer Rayshawn Miller Commits to Albany