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 sophomore players who have transferred, but not yet committed to a new school.
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.
With the exhibition season in full swing, and coming to a close early this week, that can mean only one thing.
The 2016-17 college basketball regular season is just around the corner!
Things get underway Friday, November 11th at Noon EST with the first regular season game of the season, and there will be a plethora of talent on display across all 32 conferences all season long.
Before the season gets started, we decided to hand out some preseason hardware, in the form of our Conference Player of the Year award and All-Conference Teams.
Along with that, we have the College Court Report All-Americans, and the Mid-Major Player of the Year Preseason Watch List. Links to all of the conference awards and the Watch List can be found at the bottom of each article.
With over 5,200 players slated to play collegiate basketball in Division I this season, there are talented players from coast to coast. Some of them are household names, while there are plenty of players who people haven’t heard of, but are demanding of your attention.
The majority of fans tend to focus on the power five conferences, turning a blind eye to the smaller programs. When you dig deeper, you’ll see that the non-power five schools have players who could just as easily play for a power conference program.
Over the next couple of weeks, we will be looking at non-power five players who are on the brink of becoming household names, as early as the 2016-2017 season. We’ve separated the lists between guards and forwards, and then again based on their year of eligibility.