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Colorado State took a step back in 2013-14 after a deep senior class graduated. Then Chane Behanan and Jon Octeus announced they would not return to the program.
But the Rams should still be better in 2014-15 than they were a year ago thanks to a pair of transfers from mid-major programs.
Stanton Kidd, who spent one year at North Carolina Central, and John Gillon, who played one season at Arkansas Little Rock, will team up with J.J. Avila—a mid-major transfer, himself—and Daniel Bejarano in the Rams' starting lineup.
Kidd, a 6'7" forward, has proven he can compete with high-major talent.
In 2012-13, he faced a pair of teams that would eventually embark on deep tournament runs. He averaged 20.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game against Wichita State and Marquette. Wichita State reached the Final Four, while Marquette bounced out in the Elite Eight.
Kidd can score in a number of ways, as you can see in this somewhat grainy highlight reel. He shot 37.3 percent from long range and 55.3 percent overall for North Carolina Central.
As good as Kidd can be for Larry Eustachy, Gillon is just as important, following Octeus' decision.
"How good Colorado State can still be next season will probably depend on Gillon's readiness at the point guard," Yahoo Sports' Jeff Eisenberg wrote in June.
While Avila and Bejarano were Colorado State's most reliable scorers last season, Octeus ran the offense. Gillon has limited experience—just one year in Arkansas Little Rock's backcourt.
Cincinnati's highly ranked defense forced Gillon into eight turnovers that season.
The 6-footer scored 14 points in a win over Ole Miss and dished out six assists in a win over Southern Methodist.
Dantiel Daniels from Southern Illinois is a third mid-major transfer who will be eligible for Colorado State this year. He, however, likely won't be relied on as heavily as Kidd and Gillon.