CALGARY, Alta. — Once again, change is good, and sometimes it’s needed.
For over 700 players across the NCAA this offseason, change has been needed, as they’ve opted to transfer to a new program for various reasons.
While the vast majority of them have committed to new schools, there’s still a slew of talented players who are on the market, and are flying under the radar.
There are the suspects who get the bulk of the attention, like Bryan Alberts from the Gonzaga Bulldogs, Dejon Jarreau and Brison Gresham from the Massachusetts Minutemen, and Ibrahima Diallo from the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, just to name a few.
However, there are several talented players from smaller programs and conferences who aren’t garnering the level of attention they deserve, but all of whom can help a team in the future.
So far in 2016-17, the Sun Belt has lived up to its #FunBelt slogan on social media, as it sure has been fun.
In non-conference play, several teams had the look of a top contender in the race for a spot in the NCAA Tournament. After a slow start, the UT-Arlington Mavericks look like the team to beat, while the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers are picking up steam at the right time.
Another team who caught the attention of fans everywhere, including us, is the Arkansas State Red Wolves. A road win over the Georgetown Hoyas highlighted a strong start to their season.
On Monday, the Red Wolves were looking to bounce back after a loss over the weekend in conference action. They went on the road to take on the Appalachian State Mountaineers, a team who was looking for their first Sun Belt win of the year.
The Mountaineers were looking to make a statement, and they came out of the gates on fire. The home side opened the game on a 12-0 run to get the home crowd into the game early.
While Arkansas State would fight back, and the game would be tight right to the final few minutes, the Mountaineers wouldn’t let the game slip away.