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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

Graduate Transfer Kevin Larkin Commits to Maryland Eastern Shore

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Former Niagara guard Kevin Larkin (2) has committed to Maryland Eastern Shore for the 2018-19 season as a graduate transfer. (Source: Niagara Gazette) (Header: Maryland Eastern Shore Athletics)

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. — The Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks had themselves an eventful 2017-18 season.

From the outset of the season, their lineup was riddled with injuries. The losses of Ryan Andino, Isaac Taylor, and Dontae Caldwell to season-ending injuries derailed any chance of a MEAC title for the Hawks. They were forced to put freshmen into prominent roles from the start, and while they fared well, their inexperience didn’t help the Hawks over the course of the season.

The team finished the year with a record of 7-25 overall, and just 3-13 in MEAC play. Head coach Bobby Collins was relieved of his duties shortly after the season ended, and Clifford Reed was named the interim head coach of the program for the 2018-19 season.

Freshmen Cam Bacote and Miryne Thomas both transferred following the season, dealing another blow to the program. However, the Hawks got some good news over the weekend that will boost their overall talent level as they look to rebound from a dismal season.

Graduate transfer Kevin Larkin committed to the Hawks for the upcoming season after playing in the MAAC for two seasons with the Niagara Purple Eagles. Continue reading Graduate Transfer Kevin Larkin Commits to Maryland Eastern Shore

Top Ten Uncommitted Transfers: Seniors, May 14th

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Former Colorado big man Tory Miller-Stewart played just six games in 2017-18 before sustaining a season-ending injury. (Source: The Ralphie Report) (Header: The Advocate)

SARNIA, Ont. — Experience goes a long way in today’s college basketball.

A team can have all the talent in the world, but if they don’t have those veteran players that the younger ones can lean on during tough times, that could lead to an early exit from the NCAA Tournament or a rough stretch during the regular season. It could mean the difference between making the field of 68 or missing out on the Big Dance altogether.

As the off-season continues to move along, players on the transfer market are committing to their new programs for next season and beyond. With each passing day, it seems as though names are being added to the transfer list, while others are taking their names off the list with their school announcements.

With the high turnover, it’s become somewhat confusing to keep track of who is still on the market and who has committed. There are still a ton of talented players on the market, taking visits and determining the best course of action for the next chapter of their basketball careers.

In terms of the seniors who transferred following the 2017-18 season, the big names like Ehab Amin, Tre Campbell, Christen Cunningman, Ar’Mond Davis, and Zaynah Robinson are all of the market. However, there are still some intriguing options left that could be key role players for several teams across the country.

Here are the top 10 remaining senior transfers for the 2018-19, all of whom are immediately eligible for the upcoming season. Continue reading Top Ten Uncommitted Transfers: Seniors, May 14th

Evansville Purple Aces Release Their Non-Conference Schedule for 2018-19

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On Wednesday, the Purple Aces released their non-conference schedule for the 2018-19 season, becoming the second school to do so. (Source: Evansville Athletics) (Header: Evansville Athletics)

EVANSVILLE, In. — The 2018-19 season is still close to six months away, but with each passing day, college basketball gets a little bit closer.

On Wednesday, the excitement continued to build for the Evansville Purple Aces, as they released their non-conference schedule for the upcoming season. The North Carolina Tar Heels were the first team to release their full non-conference slate back in mid-April.

Head coach Walter McCarty has put together a challenging slate that will undoubtedly test the Purple Aces, considering they will be without their top three scorers from a season ago. Evansville will play six games away from home, while hosting seven non-conference games before the 2018 calendar year comes to a close. Continue reading Evansville Purple Aces Release Their Non-Conference Schedule for 2018-19

Bryant Lands Commitment From Murray State Graduate Transfer Byron Hawkins

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Graduate transfer Byron Hawkins committed to Bryant on Sunday, giving new head coach Jared Grasso his first major commitment on the transfer market. (Source: Murray State Athletics)

SMITHFIELD, RI. — The Northeast Conference tends to see its fair share of talent transfer to bigger programs across the NCAA, and while players do transfer into the conference, they aren’t necessarily the biggest names out there.

On Sunday, the Bryant Bulldogs added a graduate transfer who has NCAA Tournament experience, and brings with him a wealth of experience that can help the Bulldogs right away in 2018-19.

Towards the end of April, junior guard Byron Hawkins was granted his release from the Murray State Racers, where he spent the last two seasons. Prior to his time with the Racers, Hawkins played two seasons with the Towson Tigers, where he emerged as a star in 2015-16 as a sophomore.

Now, Hawkins will take his talents to the state of Rhode Island, where he will join an intriguing core group at Bryant in the Northeast Conference. Continue reading Bryant Lands Commitment From Murray State Graduate Transfer Byron Hawkins

Zach Johnson Becomes Latest Guard to Commit to Miami (FL)

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Graduate transfer Zach Johnson committed to Miami (FL) late on Thursday night, giving the Hurricanes three transfers in the last two weeks. (Source: Florida Gulf Coast Athletics) (Header: Naples Herald)

MIAMI, Fla. — It’s all about The U.

Quietly, the Miami (FL) Hurricanes are making a run at the title of Transfer U this off-season with their recent string of high-caliber commitments that will help the program both immediately and in the future.

First, it was freshman Anthony Mack, who committed to the Hurricanes after one season in the Mountain West with the Wyoming Cowboys. Then, it was Kameron McGusty, who made the move to the state of Florida after two seasons in the Big 12 under Lon Kruger with the Oklahoma Sooners.

Both players have to sit out the 2018-19 season, but are eligible in 2019-20, giving the Hurricanes a big boost in the future.

However, with key departures from last year’s team, the Hurricanes were looking to land a graduate transfer who could step in and help right away. Late Thursday night, they got the good news that they were hoping for.

Zach Johnson took to his Twitter account to announce that he had committed to The U, choosing the Hurricanes over the likes of the Louisville Cardinals and Creighton Bluejays. Continue reading Zach Johnson Becomes Latest Guard to Commit to Miami (FL)