Ranking the Top 20 Transfers Available in NCAA Basketball
The new era of college basketball has added another recruiting season to the cycle.
Want a quick fix? Go get a fifth-year transfer who can play right away.
Looking for proven talent for the future? There's a transfer out there somewhere who could likely suit your needs.
To keep up to date with who is looking to head elsewhere, the guys over at CBSSports.com do a good job of keeping track with their list.
Here are the 20 best transfers available so far.
20. Adrian Diaz, Kansas State
Kansas State sophomore center Adrian Diaz, originally recruited by Frank Martin, did not really fit in Bruce Weber's system. He was a part of Weber's rotation early in the year, but he eventually was the odd man out when K-State went to a four-guard lineup.
Diaz, who is 6'10" and thin, could benefit from the year he will have to sit out as a transfer. He needs to put on weight to play at a high-major level. He showed potential as a defender at K-State, but he was too easy to move around on the block.
Diaz said in a statement published by the Kansas City Star that he wanted to play closer to his hometown of Miami.
19. Christophe Varidel, Florida Gulf Coast
Christophe Varidel is leaving Dunk City and he's not getting much interest apparently. The Switzerland native told The News-Press that he has not received any interest from Division-I schools.
That's surprising considering Varidel was a contributor at FGCU this past year and a solid shooter off the bench, knocking down 35.4 percent of his threes as a junior. He was more of a scorer before Andy Enfield showed up, averaging 11.5 points per game as a freshman.
18. Negus Webster-Chan
Freshman guard Negus Webster-Chan is an intriguing prospect at 6'7" and with three years of eligibility left. He averaged 2.5 points in 15.5 minutes per game this past year in a crowded Missouri backcourt.
Webster-Chan said he was looking for more playing time and to be closer to home, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Playing time likely would have been available at Mizzou with the loss of Keion Bell and Phil Pressey.
Webster-Chan is originally from Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, so expect him to end up somewhere north.
17. Taran Buie, Hofstra
Taran Buie transferred from Penn State after his freshman season and now he's leaving after playing one year at Hofstra.
It's tough to blame Buie, who led the team in scoring at 12.4 points per game this past year. Coach Mo Cassara was fired after an ugly 7-25 season, which got ugly in part because of the stupidity of four players, who were arrested and kicked off the team early in the season because of a series of burglaries.
Buie had to carry much of the load and that didn't work out so well, as he shot only 31 percent from the field.
The red flags of a player looking to play at his third school may not be there considering the situation he's leaving behind.
16. Anrio Adams, Kansas
Bill Self has had many players who rarely played as freshman but ended up as productive players later in their career. Anrio Adams didn't feel like waiting around, apparently.
The freshman guard played in only 24 games this past season and had the look of a player who would eventually contribute. Self would use him occasionally in defensive situations and he was in the mix as a backup point guard early in the year; however, he was too turnover-prone and foul-happy.
Adams took to Twitter at one point to air his frustrations over not playing. He also announced his transfer on Twitter and was given his release by Kansas, only to change his mind over Final Four weekend, tweeting from his now-defunct Twitter account: "I'm not going anywhere I'm a Jayhawk for life."
When Self returned from the Final Four, they talked and decided it was best for Adams and KU to part ways, Self told the Lawrence Journal-World.
Wherever he ends up, it might be a good idea to keep him away from the social media.
15. Chris Perez, Stetson
Stetson guard Chris Perez started his career at Liberty and spent the last two seasons at Stetson. He is another player that will be able to take advantage of the fifth-year senior rule and play right away.
Perez averaged 15.1 points per game this season. He did most of his scoring inside the arc and has the ability to score in the mid-range or at the rim.
14. Jaylen Bond, Texas
Jaylen Bond battled a foot injury this past season at Texas and his minutes took a hit—going down to 11.1 after playing 15.4 as a freshman.
Bond would be a good role player at another BCS-level school or could potentially be a good scorer at a smaller school. He's a banger and good rebounder, but he was not much of a scorer in Texas' system. It's not like he got opportunities, however, as Rick Barnes' attack was more perimeter-oriented the last two seasons.
13. Pe'Shon Howard, Maryland
Maryland point guard Pe'Shon Howard's grandmother is ill and he wants to transfer to a school closer to his home in southern California, he said in a release.
Howard would be a good solution for a school that needs a point guard for one season. Howard, 6'3", has good size for a point guard and his numbers at Maryland suggest a player willing to do a little bit of everything. He has averaged 4.7 points and 3.5 assists, making 44 starts in his three years at Maryland.
12. Lasan Kromah, George Washington
Lasan Kromah will be a fifth-year senior next season and eligible to play right away. He was George Washington's sixth man this past season and finished second on the team in scoring at 10.1 points per game.
Kromah sat out his sophomore season because of a Lisfranc sprain in his left foot. His best season was his freshman year when he averaged 11.8 points and 2.0 steals.
11. Trey Zeigler, Pittsburgh
Trey Zeigler came to Pittsburgh as an accomplished scorer after scoring 2,082 points in two seasons at Central Michigan playing for his father, Ernie Ziegler.
Ziegler was allowed to play right away at Pitt because Central Michigan fired his father. He averaged only 4.4 points per game this past season and he told Panther-liar.com that he didn't think he fit the system. He'll have to sit out one year this time around.
10. Robert Brown, Virginia Tech
Robert Brown, a 6'5" sophomore guard, got off to a great start this past year, as did the Hokies. After eight games, Brown was averaging 14.4 points per game.
The team started 7-0, and the first loss in the eighth game of the season, 68-67 to West Virginia, was not terrible. Brown scored a season-high 21 points in that game.
From there, Brown's production dropped off and he would finish the season averaging 8.3 points per game. He scored 10 points in the next four games combined after his strong eight-game stretch, and Virginia Tech fell off the map, finishing the season 13-19.
It's hard to say why Brown's production dropped, although it's easy to simply blame it on shooting struggles—he was a 23.5 percent three-point shooter this past year.
As for why he's transferring, the Washington Post reported that Brown wants to be closer to his hometown of Clermont, Fla.
9. Jabarie Hinds, West Virginia
Jabarie Hinds, a 5'11" combo guard, is a streaky shooter with the ability to create his own shot off the dribble.
Hinds, a lefty, had an up-and-down season for West Virginia. He had a four-game stretch late in the year where he went scoreless in two of the games and scored four apiece in the others. He then followed that up with 19 points against Iowa State.
The sophomore will have two years of eligibility left. If he ends up at a smaller school, he could be a guy who becomes a go-to scorer as he's never shied away from attacking.
8. Amir Garrett, St. John's
St. John's swingman Amir Garrett does not need to continue playing ball if he does not find a suitor that pleases him. Garrett is also a pitcher in the Cincinnati Reds' organization and he has reported to Cincinnati's extended spring training, according to Cincinnati.com.
Garrett is not a great shooter, but he's athletic and finishes well around the rim. He's also a good rebounder—he averaged 4.3 per game this past year.
7. David Pellom, George Washington
David Pellom would have been a go-to player for George Washington this past year in his senior season, but he had to have a second surgery on his left wrist in November that forced him to sit out.
Pellom averaged 10.4 points, 6.1 rebounds and shot 68.5 percent as a junior. StarNewsOnline.com reported that Villanova and Georgia Tech are rumored to be interested in Pellom.
Here's what Pellom told StarNewsOnline.com:
If I go to a big conference like the ACC or the Big East, I’m fine with that. But staying around the A-10, Conference USA, the CAA, I’m cool with that too. I just want to go someplace where I can showcase my talent, win a conference championship and get to the NCAA tournament.
6. Ricky Tarrant, Tulane
Tarrant put up good numbers in his two seasons at Tulane. He was Conference USA's Freshman of the year in 2011-12 and this past season he averaged 15.7 points and 3.6 assists.
Tarrant's father told The Times-Picayune that he wants to play closer to his hometown of Pleasant Grove, Ala. The Crimson Tide could be a good fit as Anthony Grant will be looking to replace starting point guard Trevor Releford after next season.
5. Justin Edwards, Maine
The Bangor Daily News reported that Justin Edwards is taking an official visit to Iowa State this weekend.
Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg has had success the past few years at bringing in transfers who are good shooters with scoring ability for his guard-friendly system.
Edwards, a 6'3" sophomore guard, was the star at Maine where he did a little bit of everything—averaging 16.7 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.9 steals this past year.
4. Aaron Cosby, Seton Hall
Illinois and Missouri are competing for the services of Seton Hall sophomore guard Aaron Cosby, according to ZagsBlog.com.
Cosby is a player who would likely start for both teams. He averaged 12.6 points, 3.0 assists and shot 40 percent from three last season. Both Illinois coach John Groce and Missouri coach Frank Haith have had success with transfer guards in the past.
3. Josh Davis, Tulane
Josh Davis will provide a quick fix to someone's frontcourt next season. Davis will be a fifth-year senior and allowed to play right away.
The lefty big man spent one season at North Carolina State before transferring to Tulane, where he has become a star. He led the team in scoring (17.6 points per game) and rebounding (10.7 per game) this past year.
From the schools Davis is considering (see tweet), it appears Davis wants to go where he can win in his final season.
2. Sheldon McClellan, Texas
Sheldon McClellan, if his attitude is right, would be a good addition for any program. He was miscast this past year as a go-to scorer as Texas was without Myck Kabango for much of the season.
McClellan, at 6'4", has good size for a wing and can catch and shoot or create for himself off the bounce. He has a solid mid-range game and connected on 47 percent of his two-point jumpers this past season, according to Hoop-Math.com.
McClellan did not shoot as well from three (27.3 percent), but he was consistent scoring the ball. He averaged 13.5 points per game despite three scoreless games when he played a total of nine minutes. He was in and out of Rick Barnes' doghouse for a lack of effort.
When he got minutes, he produced, and there are few programs in the country where McClellan would not be a starter based on his talent. Put in the right situation where he's not the go-to scorer with a coach who can get him to play hard, McClellan would thrive.
1. Tarik Black, Memphis
Memphis big man Tarik Black is one of the rare transfers who will be a fourth-year senior and could be available to play right away.
Black said in a statement published by TigerSportsReport.com that he will graduate in May and would be eligible to play right away.
Black, who averaged 8.1 points and 4.8 rebounds last season, was a starter for the first five games and put up some good numbers early in the year, including 21 points in a loss to Louisville. He is a great athlete, a good finisher around the rim and rebounds well. He also got to the free throw line regularly but shot only 44.8 percent.
Black could end up in a situation similar to Alex Oriakhi last year, who transferred to Missouri and started right away. Look for bigger schools needing help in the front court to come after Black.
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