PITTSBURG, Ks. — While over 750 players have transferred at the Division I level this off-season, there are a high number of players who are transferring to Division II, JUCO, and other levels across the country.
The likes of the Cal Baptist Lancers and Angelo State Rams have left their mark on the transfer market, landing several players with Division I experience to their respective rosters for next season. Players are looking for the best fit for themselves, both in terms of athletics and academics, and the Division I level may not be the ideal spot at the time.
On Saturday, another guard made the move down a level, joining the ranks of Division II for the 2017-18 season.
SAN ANGELO, Tex. — As of July 9th, 135 players transferred from Division I to play at Division II institutions next season, per Verbal Commits.
Considering 736 players have transferred to date, that means that over 18% of players have transferred to Division II.
On Monday, that number grew even larger, as a trio of players all made the move to the Division II level. All three players, who played their Division I basketball all across the United States, committed to the same program in San Angelo, Texas.
The season didn’t start as planned for the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks. They opened the season with a 1-10 record, including two losses in the December portion of conference play. Their record was a far cry from their performance a season ago.
In their last time out, they ended a six-game losing streak with a massive road win over the American Eagles, 79-64. Senior leader Devin Martin scored a career-high 34 points in the win.
Tuesday afternoon saw the Hawks go for their second-straight win as they took on the Central Pennsylvania College Knights inside Hytche Arena in Princess Anne, MD. Martin didn’t waste any time in setting a new career high.
After a sluggish start to the season, the Lamar Cardinals have turned things around. Despite seeing their three-game winning streak come to an end at the hands of the Virginia Tech Hokies, they still entered Monday night with four wins in their past five games.
Following the loss to the Hokies, the Cardinals returned home for a three-game home stand to end the non-conference portion of their schedule. With all three of the games against non-Division I opponents, the Cardinals have a great opportunity to enter Southland Conference play with momentum behind them.
Coming off a win over Jarvis Christian, the Cardinals turned their attention to the Texas Lutheran Bulldogs on Tuesday night.
The offseason leading up to the 2015-16 NCAA Division I basketball campaign has been decorated with player transfers right from the outset.
More often than not, you see players going from Division I institutions to other Division I institutions, or players going from Junior College to Division I. While it happens each year, it’s rare to see a large number of players going the opposite direction, moving from Division I to the likes of Division II or JUCO.
This off-season has seen its fair share of player “moving down” to lower-level programs to continue their basketball careers. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this, as these players making the move find their new homes a better fit for them in the long run, and can provide them with more that they need to shape their future.
One transfer target we have kept a close eye on has been Fresno State guard Emmanuel Owootoah. The native of Toronto, ON opted to transfer after the 2014-15 season, but it was unclear where he was considering as his next stop.