SEATTLE, Wash. — The off-season following the 2016-17 season has seen a number of programs leave their mark on the transfer market.
The first programs that come to mind are power conference programs. Both the Kansas Jayhawks and the Arizona State Sun Devils have picked up key additions that will help their respective programs in the 2018-19 season.
Then, there’s the Nevada Wolfpack, who are big players in terms of transfers year in and year out. Eric Musselman has done a tremendous job making Nevada a desirable place to play for both incoming recruits and transfer players from across the country.
However, there’s one team in particular who has added a slew of talented players this off-season, but don’t have the national attention to match.
CALGARY, Alta. — The 2017 transfer list is creeping up on 700 names.
Plenty of players have committed to their new schools, and have made some waves with their decisions in the process. Some of the decisions have changed the landscape of college basketball, like C.J. Bryce committing to Kevin Keatts and the NC State Wolfpack, or the Lawson brothers, Jack Whitman, and Charlie Moore committing to the Kansas Jayhawks, just to name a few.
While the majority of players have found their new homes, there is still a ton of talent still available on the transfer market. With the off-season slowing ticking away, available players are still taking official visits, in search of their next stop on their respective basketball journey.
SOUTH BEND, In. — The Notre Dame Fighting Irish may have found Bonzie Colson’s successor early Saturday morning, as former Connecticut Huskies’ power forward Juwan Durham tweeted his commitment to the Irish.
The incoming transfer wrote:
Blessed to have the opportunity to do is this again. I'm going to Notre Dame! 🍀🍀
Durham tweeted out his intent to transfer from Connecticut back on April 3rd, following a mediocre season for the Huskies that saw them go 16-17. Their season ended in the American Athletic Conference tournament by 10 at the hands of the Cincinnati Bearcats, and no post-season tournaments followed.
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. — What an off-season its been for sophomores on the transfer market.
Some of the top transfers from across the country since the 2016-17 season have been second-year players, and still provide a ton of upside to their new programs in the future.
The likes of Carlton Bragg (Arizona State Sun Devils), C.J. Bryce (NC State Wolfpack), Marcus Evans (VCU Rams), and the Lawson brothers have all found their new homes, along with a slew of other talented players.
As the off-season moves along, players are still making decisions on their future, and while some may view it as ‘late’, players are still transferring from their current program.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — What a year it was in 2016-17 for the North Dakota Fighting Hawks in the Big Sky Conference.
Led by guards Quinton Hooker and Geno Crandall, the Hawks took home the Big Sky regular season and tournament titles, punching their first-ever ticket to the NCAA Tournament in the process. Despite an opening round loss to the Arizona Wildcats, the 2016-17 season was seen as a big success for the program on the national scene.
Fast forward to the 2017-18 season, and the team will look quite different than it did a year ago. Hooker and Corey Baldwin have graduated, while Carson Shanks has transferred to the Loyola (IL) Ramblers for his final year of eligibility.
On Friday morning, it was announced that another big piece from North Dakota’s run to the Big Dance would no longer be in the mix next season.
EDINBURG, Tex. — As the off-season continues to roll along, more and more big names seem to be hitting the transfer market in the later months.
Just a couple weeks ago, sophomore guard C.J. Bryce announced he was transferring from the UNC Wilmington Seahawks, and he committed to Kevin Keatts and the NC State Wolfpack a short time later.
Now, on Friday afternoon, the transfer market picked up some more depth by way of a player who has flown under the radar for two years in the WAC.
For fans outside of the WAC, and the state of Texas, paying attention to the UT-Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros isn’t high on their priority list. However, over the past two years, those fans have missed the emergence of a talented scoring guard who is now looking for his new home.