Small-School Transfers Set to Make an Impact at Major NCAA Basketball Programs

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Small-School Transfers Set to Make an Impact at Major NCAA Basketball Programs
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Last week, I brought you a group of college basketball players who left power-conference schools for smaller leagues in a chase for playing time. We call this phenomenon transferring down.

Now comes the flip side of that coin, those players who are transferring up. Perhaps a player wants to leave a one-bid conference for a realistic shot at going to an NCAA tournament before his career ends. Some may have stumbled across a big-time program with an urgent opening at their position. And there are usually the few who have legitimate family concerns pulling them to a new location.

Whatever the reason, these 10 players have found greener pastures in conferences that are on the national radar. As a bonus, they'll all find a role with their new team, and a few can become names that we're discussing in March.

 

(NOTE: For the purposes of this piece, the major conferences are defined as: ACC, American, Atlantic 10, Big XII, Big East, Big Ten, Mountain West, Pac-12, and SEC. Any school outside those nine leagues, with the exception of Gonzaga, BYU and Saint Mary's from the West Coast Conference or Wichita State from the Missouri Valley, should be considered a non-major program.)

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