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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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DePaul Transfer Brandon Cyrus Commits to UC Santa Barbara

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Oakville, ON native Brandon Cyrus has committed to the Gauchos after two seasons in the Big East with DePaul. (Source: DePaul Online) (Header: Chicago Tribune)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Joe Pasternack has struck yet again on the recruiting trail.

He’s entering just his second season at the helm for the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos, but Pasternack continues to change the culture of the program with each passing day. He has helped turn the Gauchos into a major player on the recruiting trail, and that has been evident this off-season.

Prior to Thursday, the Gauchos added a pair of power conference transfers to their roster, one each for this season and next. Graduate transfer Ar’Mond Davis committed to UC Santa Barbara following his time with the Alabama Crimson Tide, and will be immediately eligible in 2018-19.

The Gauchos also added guard JaQuori McLaughlin, who joins the program after transferring from the Oregon State Beavers. He will sit out the 2018-19 season, and have two years of eligibility left starting in 2019-20.

This week, Pasternack added another talented player to the mix for the 2019-20 season, adding yet another guard from a power conference program to the mix. Canadian guard Brandon Cyrus committed to the Gauchos, giving the program another talented piece to build around moving forwards. Continue reading DePaul Transfer Brandon Cyrus Commits to UC Santa Barbara

Purdue Overcomes Slow Start to Rout Cal State Fullerton, 74-48

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Carsen Edwards surpassed the 1,000-point mark on Friday in Purdue’s 26-point win over Cal State Fullerton at the 2018 NCAA Tournament in Detroit. (Source: (Header: For the Win – USA Today Sports)

DETROIT, Mich. — It’s not necessarily how you start, but how you finish.

For the Purdue Boilermakers, that rang true on Friday afternoon in their 2018 NCAA Tournament opener against the Cal State Fullerton Titans. The Boilermakers are the two-seed in the East Region, and were taking on the Big West Conference champions, who came into the tournament seeded 15th.

Friday marked the first time that the Boilermakers and Titans have met on the hardwood. While the odds were heavily on Purdue’s side coming into the event, the Titans weren’t lacking confidence in themselves on Media Day.

“I think we stand a chance,” said senior Arkim Robertson at the Titans’ press conference on Thursday afternoon. “If we stick to what Coach Taylor gives us and we stick to the game plan, we’re going to be okay.” Continue reading Purdue Overcomes Slow Start to Rout Cal State Fullerton, 74-48

Cal State Fullerton Landed Kyle Allman Jr. Thanks to a YouTube Video

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Kyle Allman Jr. (#0) was an overlooked prep recruit out of New York. Now, he’s the reigning Big West Conference Tournament MVP at Cal State Fullerton. (Source: Cal State Fullerton Athletics) (Header: Associated Press)

DETROIT, Mich. – It’s no secret that recruiting a player is an expensive venture for all schools across the country. When a player is 3,000 miles away, that expense only increases.

For the Cal State Fullerton Titans, they landed one of their best players in an unconventional way thanks in part to an online YouTube video.

Kyle Allman Jr. is originally from Brooklyn, NY, and played basketball at the High School for Construction-Trades, Engineering, and Architecture in Queens. Titans’ head coach Dedrique Taylor and assistant coach John Smith were watching another player when they first saw Allman play. Continue reading Cal State Fullerton Landed Kyle Allman Jr. Thanks to a YouTube Video

Hawai’i Drops to Sixth in the Big West After 84-82 Loss to UC Santa Barbara in Overtime

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In the last game for Hawai’i, Brocke Stepteau had a shot to win the game in overtime, but his jumper was blocked and the Gauchos came away with the two-point win, 84-82. (Source: Getty Images) (Header: Today’s U)

HONOLULU — Things have gone very wrong since the Hawai’i Warriors found themselves atop of the Big West standings. The Warriors have since lost two straight conference games, and they have come by a combined five points.

The Warriors fell to the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos in the closing seconds in their last outing, as Brocke Stepteau had his jumper blocked as time expired in overtime in what was a heartbreak ending for Hawai’i on the road. Continue reading Hawai’i Drops to Sixth in the Big West After 84-82 Loss to UC Santa Barbara in Overtime

Hawai’i Warriors Get Off to a 3-1 Start in Big West Play

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Despite some poor shooting performances on the offensive end, Eran Ganot and the Hawai’i Warriors sit at 3-1 in Big West play, thanks in large part to their defense. (Source: Hawai’i Luxury Magazine) (Header: Hawai’i Athletics)

HONOLULU — After opening with a record of 3-1 in Big West play, which will continue on Saturday against Chima Moneke and the UC Davis Aggies, the Hawai’i Warriors are sitting pretty in a tie for second in the conference standings.

Hawai’i has averaged an even 70 points per game over their four-game stretch, but have been playing some sub-par basketball despite the results on the scoreboard and their spot in the standings.

In their 57-45 win over the Cal Poly Mustangs, their second win over the stretch, the Warriors shot just 40.5% from the field, as well as shooting a dismal 33.3% from beyond the arc. Continue reading Hawai’i Warriors Get Off to a 3-1 Start in Big West Play