TOP TRANSFERS IN COLLEGE BASKETBALL
There are numerous talented players who transfer to different schools every year for a variety of reasons. In college basketball, if a player transfers, they need to sit out one full year before playing at their new school. However, there are cases where a player can transfer and play immediately.
We are going to analyze who we believe to be the 5 top transfers in college basketball for the 2017-18 season. Expect these players to have a big impact on their new schools. Here are our choices for the top transfers in college basketball.
(PLAYER’S ARE IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER)
NEW SCHOOL (KANSAS)
OLD SCHOOL (MISSISSIPPI STATE):
Malik Newman was a top 10 recruit in the class of 2016. The Louisiana native had offers from every big-time college in the country. Newman made headlines when he committed to Mississippi State. He was supposed to be the savior of the program. The 6’3″ combo guard had an uneven freshmen year. The explosive guard averaged 11.3 points in 28 games.
Newman decided to enter the 2016 NBA Draft, however he backed out at the last second. It was a wise choice. The former McDonald’s all-american decided to transfer to Kansas. After sitting out last season, expect the multi-talented Newman to live up to expectations that were bestowed upon him. If he improves his shooting percentage and shows that he can play point guard in spurts, his NBA Draft stock will rise. If that happens, the Jayhawks have a good chance at winning another Big-12 title and will be a serious Final 4 contender.
NEW SCHOOL (KANSAS)
OLD SCHOOL (ARIZONA STATE)
Sam Cunliffe was a 4-star recruit in the class of 2016 who was supposed to be a major part of new head coach Bobby Hurley’s rebuilding job with the Sun Devils. However, Cunliffe, who was the highest ranked recruit for ASU since NBA All-Star James Harden, never got comfortable.
The 6’6″ wing only lasted 10 games into the 2016-17 before he asked for his release. In those 10 games, the sweet-shooting Washington native averaged 9.5 points and 4.8 rebounds while playing 25 minutes per game. Cunliffe narrowed his choices for his next school down to Kansas, Georgetown, and Seattle University. Kansas head coach Bill Self got really good news when the number 36th ranked prospect for 2016 decided that Kansas would be his next stop. Because he enrolled at Kansas last year, he will be eligible immediately.
Cunliffe will provide the Jayhawks with outside shooting and position versatility. He can play both inside and out and will provide the Jayhawks with needed depth. Bill Self is a happy man with the additions of Malik Newman and Sam Cunliffe.
NEW SCHOOL (CINCINNATI)
OLD SCHOOL (SACRED HEART)
One of the lesser known names on this list is Cane Broome. The 6’0″ guard starred at tiny Sacred Heart for 2 seasons. In 2015-16, he averaged 23.1 points per game. For his efforts, the junior was named the NEC Player of the Year. Broome had to sit out last season due to NCAA transferring rules, although he was allowed to practice with the Bearcats. He has 2 years of eligibility remaining.
Broome is lightning quick with the ball and shouldn’t have a problem competing in the AAC. He is clearly talented enough. Limiting turnovers will e a key for him. However, Cincinnati head coach Mick Cronin has to be thrilled that a player with Broome’s scoring ability landed in his lap. The Bearcat’s have a good chance at making the Elite 8 and possibly the Final 4 this season.
While they always play stifling defense, putting the ball in the basket on a consistent basis has always been a problem. Broome will help right away in this area. Cincinnati lost guards Troy Capuain and Kevin Johnson to graduation. Broome will get plenty of minutes and should help offset the loss of those 2 players. He will be a vital part of the team’s rotation in 2017-18. Broome’s play will make him one of the top transfers in college basketball for 2017-18.
NEW SCHOOL (MICHIGAN)
OLD SCHOOL (KENTUCKY)
Matthews was a former 4-star prospect and highly touted high school recruit. Unfortunately for him, he got lost among all the talent that John Calipari assembled in Lexington. We believe he made the smart move by leaving Kentucky. Michigan head coach John Beilein will put Matthews in situations where he can succeed.
The 6’6″ guard is skilled in many areas of the game. His high IQ will help him on the court. The fact that Matthews can play multiple positions will only help him get more minutes on the court. In fact, the former top 100 recruit in the class of 2015 might just be the Wolverine’s most talented and important player.
The Chicago native gained 20 pounds of muscle while sitting out last season as he should be ready for battle in the rugged Big-10 conference. Expect Matthews to be near the team leader in scoring this season. With the loss of D.J. Wilson to the NBA as well as Derrick Walton Jr., expectations are real high for Matthews. We expect him to live up to them.
NEW SCHOOL (NORTH CAROLINA)
OLD SCHOOL (PITTSBURGH)
Johnson’s transfer situation didn’t go smoothly. Pittsburgh wouldn’t let the 6’8″ guard/forward transfer to another ACC school. However, the Pennsylvania native’s situation garnered national attention and Pittsburgh finally gave Johnson his release. Johnson might just be the most talented transfer in the county this season and is on the radar of NBA scouts.
Johnson averaged 11.9 points per game for the Panthers during his lone season there. He can shoot it from deep as he hit a respectable 41% from 3-point range. His size creates mis-match problems for opponents.
Johnson compares favorably to Justin Jackson, UNC’s star player last year and who was a first round pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. If the red-shirt sophomore can come close to matching Jackson’s production, UNC head coach Roy Williams will be thrilled. Johnson will help the Tar Heels in many areas this season. His ability to score the ball at his size will make him a tough cover for anybody. We look for him to slide right into Justin Jackson’s spot at small forward. Johnson has the ability to become an All-ACC player. UNC fans will love watching him play. The future is bright for Cameron Johnson.
OTHER IMPACTFUL TRANSFERS
NEW SCHOOL (OREGON)
OLD SCHOOL (ILLINOIS STATE)
NEW SCHOOL (MICHIGAN)
OLD SCHOOL (OHIO)
NEW SCHOOL (FLORIDA)
OLD SCHOOL (RICE)
NEW SCHOOL (ILLINOIS)
OLD SCHOOL (WRIGHT STATE)
NEW SCHOOL (SAINT MARY’S)
OLD SCHOOL (OLE MISS)
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