BEAUMONT, Tex. — While the NCAA Tournament is still in full swing, the off-season leading up to the 2017-18 season is shaping up to be an exciting one. It appears as though no team is safe from the transfer epidemic that is going around the country once again.
According to Verbal Commits, the transfer list has already eclipsed 200 players, and it will only grow as each day passes.
On Friday, several talented sophomores announced their intentions to transfer from their respective programs. Two of those players suited up for the Lamar Cardinals this past season, and while they saw limited action, they were key pieces to the Cardinals’ run to the post-season in 2016-17.
ABILENE, Tx. — Payten Ricks may only be a freshman, but over the past three games, he isn’t playing like it’s his first year in the NCAA.
Coming into Saturday’s tilt with the Lamar Cardinals, the Abilene Christian Wildcats‘ freshman guard has averaged 12 points per contest, and he put up a career-high 15 points against the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks last week.
Against the Cardinals, the Wildcats were looking to avoid a 1-5 start in Southland Conference play, and they found themselves in a fight with Lamar that came down to the wire. With under 10 seconds to play, the Wildcats had a chance to win the game, avoiding an extra five-minute the frame.
The ball was in the hands of Ricks.
With the clock ticking down, Ricks put up a half-court heave that beat the buzzer. It banked off the back board, fell for his only three pointer, and the Wildcats stunned the Cardinals.