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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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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

Nedeljko Prijovic, Sergio El Darwich Commit to Maine

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After two seasons at Texas State, 6’7” forward Nedeljko Prijovic (above) has committed to the University of Maine, where he will reunite with a former teammate and coach from Lee Academy. (Source: Texas State Athletics) (Header: Texas State Athletics)

ORONO, Me. — The Maine Black Bears continued to add talent to their roster on Wednesday, as they landed a pair of commitments from players with Division I experience.

Just last week, the Black Bears signed guard Terion Moss after a standout career at Portland High School. He was named Maine’s 2018 Mr. Basketball, and he is a two-time Gatorade Player of the Year for the state. Keeping a player of his caliber in the state of Maine was a huge pickup for the Black Bears.

Now, Maine has added a pair of transfers with experience at the Division I level. One is eligible right away after spending half of last season at the JUCO level, while the other has to sit out the 2018-19 season, but will have two years of eligibility remaining.

Nedeljko Prijovic and Sergio El Darwich have committed to the Black Bears, adding size and depth to the rotation for the Black Bears. Continue reading Nedeljko Prijovic, Sergio El Darwich Commit to Maine

Five Transfers Poised to Have a Big Impact in 2018-19

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Edric Dennis enters the fold at the right time for the UT Arlington Mavericks this season, and he is one of several transfers who are poised to have a big impact in 2018-19.

SARNIA, Ont. — With the Villanova Wildcats having won the 2018 National Championship, the 2017-18 season is officially in the books.

With that, it’s time to look ahead to the 2018-19 season, and what a season it’s shaping up to be. Yes, it’s only April, but all signs are pointing to yet another exciting college basketball campaign.

Several high-profile stars have graduated from college, while a plethora of others have declared for the 2018 NBA Draft early and have signed with an agent. To make a long story short, the rosters for the 2018-19 season will look considerably different.

With all of the roster changes come a slew of transfer players who have been waiting in the wings, chomping at the bit to leave their mark with their new teams this season. With such a long list of talented players, it was tough to pick just five players who are in prime position to leave a mark this season.

But, we did our best. Here are five transfers who are poised to have significant impacts this season with their new programs.
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Five Teams to Watch Ahead of Conference Tournaments

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Tyler Nelson and the Fairfield Stags may be below .500 in MAAC play, but they can’t be counted out down the stretch and into the conference tournament. (Source: Fairfield Athletics) (Header: Times Union)

LONDON, Ont. — Move over football, it’s college basketball’s time to shine!

With Super Bowl 52 now a thing of the past, the attention in the sporting world shifts to college basketball and the March to Madness. With the conference races heating up all across the country, teams are starting to separate themselves from the pack as they look to punch their ticket to the Big Dance.

As we all know from history, not all things go according to plan. Teams atop the conferences right now aren’t guaranteed of a spot in the field of 68, as anything can happen come late-February and early March.

Every year, there are teams that come from the middle of conference standings to make a run at their respective conference tournament title. It will happen again this year, without question, and we will see a few surprise entrants in the bracket come Selection Sunday as conference champions.

Here are five teams who currently sit in the middle of the pack in their respective conferences that could make some noise down the stretch during the regular season and into the post-season.
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College Court Report Player of the Week: Jairus Lyles, UMBC Retrievers

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Jairus Lyles posted his second 31-point game of the season this past week, and he helped lead UMBC to a pair of wins on their home floor. (Source: Baltimore Sun) (Header: The Retriever – UMBC)

CANMORE, Alta. — Last season, the UMBC Retrievers made a run to the semi-finals of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament, thanks in large part to the play of guard Jairus Lyles.

Fast forward to the 2017-18 season, and the native of Silver Spring, MD is up to his old tricks in his senior season. Lyles has helped guide the Retrievers to an 8-5 start through the first five weeks of the season, and they’ve now won four of their past five games after a perfect 2-0 week.

He missed three games at the end of November and into December, but UMBC was able to go 2-1 without him. In the four games since Lyles’ return to the lineup, the Retrievers are 3-1.

This past week, Lyles posted his second 31-point performance of the season on Tuesday. He followed that up with another big performance on Sunday against a favourite in the Horizon League.

For his efforts over the past seven days, UMBC senior guard Jairus Lyles is the College Court Report Player of the Week for December 11-17, 2017!
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