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Ten Underrated Graduate Transfers for the 2018-19 Season

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After three years at Central Connecticut State, point guard Austin Nehls will take his talents to the MAC as a member of the Ball State Cardinals for the 2018-19 season. (Source: Mid-Major Madness) (Header: The Virginian-Pilot)

SARNIA, Ont. — It’s easy to be overlooked in today’s college basketball world.

According to Verbal Commits, over 700 players have transferred this season, and the list continues to grow with each passing day. Last season, a total of 885 players transferred to different schools across North America. Many fans and members of the media focus on the higher profile players, thus overlooking several players who will have significant impacts at smaller programs across the NCAA.

This off-season has been no different. All eyes tend to focus on the power conference schools, overlooking the vast majority of programs until the NCAA Tournament rolls around. However, there is a ton of talent on the move this season that will have a big impact on how the 2018-19 season plays out.

Several of this year’s transfers qualify as graduate transfers, meaning they’re eligible to play immediately for their new programs. The graduate transfer market has grown with each passing season, and the likes of the Nevada Wolf Pack and Xavier Musketeers have loaded up on talent by way of the graduate transfer market in recent years.

With such an extensive list of transfers out there, it’s tough to narrow lists down. Instead of listing the top graduate transfers for next season, we took a different approach. Here are 10 graduate transfers who have been overlooked this off-season, but will have a strong impact with their new programs throughout the 2018-19 season.
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California Transfer Don Coleman Commits to South Alabama

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California transfer Don Coleman committed to South Alabama on Monday, continuing a strong off-season for the Jaguars. (Source: SFGate) (Header: 247 Sports)

MOBILE, Al. — Richie Riley strikes again for the South Alabama Jaguars.

To begin the off-season, the Jaguars hired Riley after he led the Nicholls Colonels to a record of 21-11 overall, and 15-3 in Southland Conference play. The Colonels earned a share of the regular season conference title with the Southeastern Louisiana Golden Lions.

Now, as the head coach of the Jaguars, Riley is making his mark on the transfer market as he looks to turn South Alabama into a top contender in the Sun Belt Conference. The Jaguars have already landed graduate transfer Kory Holden, who will give the team a big offensive boost.

On Monday, they landed another talented guard who will help the team in 2019-20.

Richie Riley and the Jaguars landed a commitment from guard Don Coleman, who transferred from the California Golden Bears after two seasons. Continue reading California Transfer Don Coleman Commits to South Alabama

Five Transfers Poised to Have a Big Impact in 2018-19

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Edric Dennis enters the fold at the right time for the UT Arlington Mavericks this season, and he is one of several transfers who are poised to have a big impact in 2018-19.

SARNIA, Ont. — With the Villanova Wildcats having won the 2018 National Championship, the 2017-18 season is officially in the books.

With that, it’s time to look ahead to the 2018-19 season, and what a season it’s shaping up to be. Yes, it’s only April, but all signs are pointing to yet another exciting college basketball campaign.

Several high-profile stars have graduated from college, while a plethora of others have declared for the 2018 NBA Draft early and have signed with an agent. To make a long story short, the rosters for the 2018-19 season will look considerably different.

With all of the roster changes come a slew of transfer players who have been waiting in the wings, chomping at the bit to leave their mark with their new teams this season. With such a long list of talented players, it was tough to pick just five players who are in prime position to leave a mark this season.

But, we did our best. Here are five transfers who are poised to have significant impacts this season with their new programs.
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RECAP: Cunningham, Walker Lead Samford Past South Alabama, 82-79

Christen Cunningham (00) recorded 20 points and 6 rebounds, Wyatt Walker recorded his eighth double-double of the year ,and Samford held on down the stretch to top South Alabama on Friday night, 82-79. (Source: Steven Branscombe - USA Today Sports) (Header: Samford Basketball)
Christen Cunningham (00) recorded 20 points and 6 rebounds, Wyatt Walker recorded his eighth double-double of the year ,and Samford held on down the stretch to top South Alabama on Friday night, 82-79. (Source: Steven Branscombe – USA Today Sports) (Header: Samford Basketball)

Some things in this world seem to remain constant.

Death. Taxes. Double-double performances from Wyatt Walker.

It seems as though every time the sophomore forward steps onto the hardwood for the Samford Bulldogs, he’s recording a double-double. He opened the season with seven straight double-doubles, before going two straight games without one.

On Friday, against the South Alabama Jaguars, the native of Jacksonville, FL was back to his old ways. He recorded his eighth double-double of the year, scoring 13 points and pulling down 11 rebounds.

Samford led by as many as 15 points on the night, but the game came down to the wire. A trio of clutch three pointers from the Jaguars closed the deficit to three with 2.8 seconds to go. A free throw violation from Samford gave the Jaguars a chance to tie the game and send it to overtime.

Instead of getting a shot off before the buzzer went, the Jaguars made one too many passes, and almost turned the ball over. They managed to get a shot off, but it was well after the buzzer, and Samford escaped with the 82-79 victory over South Alabama. Continue reading RECAP: Cunningham, Walker Lead Samford Past South Alabama, 82-79

RECAP: Denver Deals South Alabama Third Straight Loss with 64-51 Come-From-Behind Win

Joe Rosga scored 25 points, and Denver eased a four-point deficit at halftime for the 64-51 win over South Alabama on Tuesday. (Source: Denver Men's Basketball)
Joe Rosga scored 25 points, and Denver eased a four-point deficit at halftime for the 64-51 win over South Alabama on Tuesday. (Source: Denver Men’s Basketball)

After a 5-0 start to the year, the South Alabama Jaguars have fallen back down to Earth a bit.

Entering play on Tuesday night against the Denver Pioneers, the Jaguars were riding a mini two-game losing streak, and had lost three of their previous four games.

As for Denver, the Pioneers came into Tuesday night with a 2-2 record on their current five-game road swing, and a 4-5 record overall. They were looking to return home with a .500 record, and a win over the Jaguars would be another notable win for the Pioneers, who knocked off the Air Force Falcons in their last outing.

South Alabama took a lead late in the first half, thanks to a three point play from Georgi Boyanov, and the Jaguars took a 26-22 advantage into the locker room.

In the second half, however, it was all about Denver.

The Pioneers erased their four-point deficit, and continued to build on their own lead as the half wore on. In the end, the Pioneers scored the 64-51 come-from-behind win over South Alabama, ending their road trip with a 3-2 record. Continue reading RECAP: Denver Deals South Alabama Third Straight Loss with 64-51 Come-From-Behind Win

Wesner’s Four-Point Play: High-Majors

Early on in 2016-17, Dayton looks like the team to beat in the Atlantic 10. (Source: Getty Images)
Early on in 2016-17, Dayton looks like the team to beat in the Atlantic 10. (Source: Getty Images)

College basketball is back!

For the last seven months, the nation has yearned for another chapter of upsets, buzzer-beaters, and busted brackets. The time has finally come.

Over the course of the season, I will highlight the most shocking results while forecasting what big match-ups are to come.

Don’t know who to watch out for? Is a team a true bracket-buster? Does a certain player have a career in the NBA? All these questions, and much more, will be answered over the course of the season. Continue reading Wesner’s Four-Point Play: High-Majors