For the record, the off-season doesn’t officially begin until Tuesday, April 4th, the day after the National Championship is decided.
With the high numbers of players finding themselves on the open market, testing the waters in the hopes of securing a scholarship at a school that better fits their needs, there a plethora of talented student-athletes on the list. From the power conferences and perennial national title contenders, right down to the smallest of schools, there are transfers from all across the country.
So, we got thinking. What would a team look like if it was built solely from uncommitted transfers?
We decided to dig a little deeper and see what kind of team we could come up with. The list was divided into each player’s year of eligibility, and then rosters were formed of players in the same year.
Here is the best roster that we could come up with for sophomore players who have transferred, but not yet committed to a new school.
If you would have said before the season started that the team atop the Conference USA standings after the first two weeks of conference play would be the Marshall Thundering Herd, some would have said you were crazy.
What’s even crazier, at least to some, is that it’s actually the case.
The Thundering Herd, armed with one of the more electric offenses in the country, are currently 4-0 against Conference USA foes, and are a half-game ahead of the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders for top spot. Marshall has topped the 100-point mark three occasions, going 2-1 in those games.
Four players have played in at least 14 games this year, and are averaging 11.6 points per game, or more.
One of those players is senior forward Ryan Taylor, who is stuffing the stat sheet despite missing three games earlier in the year.
This past week was no different for the big man. The Thundering Herd took to the hardwood three times, and came away with three impressive wins. Taylor was a big part of all three, recording three double-doubles in the wins.
Tuesday night’s action had a little bit of everything. From stunning road upsets, to a double-overtime thriller, to a pair of 40-point performances across the country, college basketball fans everywhere were treated to a fantastic night of action.
One of the trendy picks in the Conference USA this season has lived up to expectations through its first six games of the 2016-17 season.
The Rice Owls, who led by preseason Conference USA Player of the Year in Marcus Evans, have started the year with a 5-1 record. After a loss to the Texas Southern Tigers, the Owls have reeled off four straight wins, two of which came on the road, and look like a true contender in the conference.
While Evans has been his usual self, it’s another guard who has stepped up to give the Owls a bonafide one-two punch on the back end. Junior guard Egor Koulechov is putting up some impressive numbers to open the year, but they shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.
The native of Volgograd, Russia averaged 16.7 points and 7.0 rebounds last year, his first with the Owls after transferring from the Arizona State Sun Devils. So far in 2016-17, he’s topped those numbers.
Over the past seven days, Koulechov averaged 21.7 points and 10.7 rebounds per contest, en route to helping lead Rice to a perfect 3-0 week.