RICHMOND, Va. — What an off-season it has been for the VCU Rams, and it’s only the 22nd of April.
After losing head coach Will Wade to the LSU Tigers, the Rams wasted little time in finding his replacement. They tabbed Mike Rhoades, formerly of the Rice Owls, to replace Wade at the helm. Since then, the off-season has exceeded expectations for VCU fans everywhere.
Shortly after Rhoades was hired, Rice transfer Marcus Evans committed to the Rams. Evans, who was regarded as one of the top transfers this year, will sit out the 2017-18 season due to transfer regulations, and will make his debut in the 2018-19 campaign.
Landing a player of Evans’ caliber would have been plenty for some coaches, but Rhoades wasn’t finished.
On Saturday afternoon, it was announced that one of the top graduate transfers had also committed to the Rams, and will provide an immediate impact in the front court next season.
CALGARY, Alta. — In college basketball, graduate transfers are highly coveted in the off-season.
For power conference teams who feel they are a piece or two away from competing for a conference title, and possibly the national crown, a graduate transfer could plug a few holes that may get them over the hump. On the flip side, smaller programs could turn to graduate transfers to simply fill out their roster for the ensuing year.
This off-season, the graduate transfer market has been filled with some spectacular names. Several of the bigger names have already found their final schools to close out their collegiate careers.
Egor Koulechov has committed to the Florida Gators. Justin Bibbins to the Utah Utes, Stephan Jiggetts to the South Florida Bulls, and Kerem Kanter to the Xavier Musketeers, among a slew of others.
With that said, there are plenty of talented prospects still looking for their new home, all of whom will have a big impact next season with their respective schools.
CALGARY, Alta. — With each passing day, the list of players transferring continues to grow.
The list of transfer players is on the cusp of the 500-mark, and will only increase as the off-season moves along. While players are still making their decisions on whether or not to transfer, several big names have already committed to their future homes.
Marcus Evans and Egor Koulechov, the highly-touted guard duo from the Rice Owls, have both found their respective homes for the remainder of their collegiate careers. Evans followed Coach Rhoades and committed to the VCU Rams, while Koulechov committed to the Florida Gators for next season.
Also, Kerem Kanter committed to play for the Xavier Musketeers next season, is he opts to remove his name from the 2017 NBA Draft and return to school as a graduate transfer.
With that being said, there’s still a ton of talent on the market right now. The talent pool will likely continue to improve as the off-season moves along and new players look for their next home.
However, there are some impact transfers on the market from programs who don’t garner nearly the attention levels of power conference players.
There are a plethora of talented graduate transfers this season from non-power programs, all of whom will have a strong impact with their future programs in 2017-18. With each passing day, it seems as though another marquee players hits the open market, ready to leave their mark next season in their final collegiate year.
CALGARY, Alta. — You get your release, and you get your release, and you get your release.
With the high volume of transfer players receiving their releases within the first couple of weeks after the National Championship game is complete, it’s sometimes tough to keep up-to-date with all of the player movement.
That’s where the folks at Verbal Commits and ourselves come in handy.
Collectively, we try to keep fans across the country in the loop when it comes to player transfers and scholarship offers. Admittedly, they do all of the work, whether it’s the fact that they have a complete list of transfer players or tweeting out updates each and every day. They make our lives easier.
We then try to take their information and condense it down in to articles for you to stay informed as your days move on.
With a plethora of talented players on the open market, it was tough to narrow the list down to just 20 players. After we took out the power conference programs, the task was just as hard, as the number of talented players who are transferring from smaller programs is as impressive collection.
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 junior players who have transferred, but not yet committed to a new school.