There are a lot of variables stacked against the transfer in college sports.
Not only does the transfer run the risk of finding out the grass is not always greener on the other side, but the fact that their head coaches and conferences can limit which schools he can transfer to and coupled with the fact that, in most cases, the NCAA steals a year of his athletic life, makes the decision fraught with peril. There is no guarantee of success, which makes any immediate impression on his new team all the more remarkable.
During this college basketball season, several players have contributed to making their new teams better. Either the players have continued the efficient play they established at their former schools or they have developed new-found skills that have made them more valuable on the basketball court. Thanks to their contributions, their new teams are better for having them on the roster, making them deserving of special recognition.
It is the hope of improving their basketball lives and having an impact on their new teams that keeps the transfer alive in spite of the rules that can and do harm him.