College basketball teams that have the patience to wait for a transfer to become eligible can see their investment pay off in a big way. Coaches wooing this summer's pseudo-free agents would like nothing better than to find this year’s answer to Rodney Hood or DeAndre Kane—even if they have to wait until 2015-16 to find out if they've succeeded.
One player with the potential to make that kind of a splash is following Hood’s lead by transferring to Duke. Rice forward Sean Obi is even less recognizable a name than Hood was when he left Mississippi State, but he could be just as valuable to the Blue Devils’ frontcourt two seasons from now.
Read on for more on Obi’s prospects in Durham, along with nine more players who should come back with a bang in their new (sometimes yet-to-be-determined) homes. Note that some transfers on this list are applying for NCAA waivers to play in 2014-15, but in the absence of an official decision, the default assumption is that they’ll sit out a year.