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College Basketball Recruiting: Top 15 JUCO Transfers Who'll Make a Difference

Alex CallosCorrespondent IMay 12, 2011

College Basketball Recruiting: Top 15 JUCO Transfers Who'll Make a Difference

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    DENVER, CO - MARCH 17:  Head coach Steve Lavin of the St. John's Red Storm shouts from the bench against the Gonzaga Bulldogs during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Pepsi Center on March 17, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Pho
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    While many schools do not even attempt to recruit junior college players, there are some coaches who have made a living off of it. 

    Big name programs, rarely have to step into the JUCO ranks, while other schools can find a diamond in the rough. 

    While some JUCO players come with a little bit of baggage, they can offer big rewards. 

    Like any other year there are talented junior college players who will make an immediate impact on teams. 

    Here are 15 JUCO's who will make an immediate impact next season. 

15. God's Gift Achiuwa: St. John's

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    With perhaps the greatest name in sports history, God's Gift Achiuwa starts off the list. 

    Achiuwa will join Steve Lavin and a revived St. John's program. 

    The Red Storm graduated virtually everyone from last seasons NCAA Tournament team, and are starting from scratch. 

    Achiuwa is a power forward who chose St. John's over Cincinnati and while he may not be as talented as some of the players in one of the best recruiting classes in the country, Achiuwa will make an immediate impact. 

    At 6'9", he is one of two big men in a wing-filled recruiting class and could help propel the Red Storm farther in the NCAA Tournament. 

14. Casey Arent: Oklahoma

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    Casey Arent is a center piece of the rebuilding Oklahoma program. 

    The Sooners fired coach Jeff Capel after a disappointing season last year. 

    Arent is the biggest name in the Oklahoma class and at 6'11" and 240 pounds, he will be a load down low in the Big 12 next season. 

    He should see immediate playing time and possibly see himself in a starting role. 

13. Tyrus McGee: Iowa St.

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    Tyrus McGee is a shooting guard from Arkansas City, Kansas. 

    He will join the Iowa State Cyclones and will certainly make an immediate impact. 

    McGee can light up the scoreboard and will be an instant contributor on a Cyclone team not used to much success in the Big 12. 

12. Dominique Rutledge: West Virginia

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    Rutledge is a typical Bob Huggins type player. 

    He is long and lanky at 6'8" and 230 pounds. He is similar in size to current Mountaineer Kevin Jones. 

    Rutledge will likely see playing time off the bench at both the three and four positions.

    Bob Huggins has a reputation for finding top notch JUCO talent and Rutledge fits that mold. 

11. Anthony Hubbard: Iowa

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    Anthony Hubbard is a shooting guard with size. At 6'5" and 215 pounds, he is Big Ten ready. 

    Hubbard will join an Iowa team that was at the bottom of the Big Ten last season. 

    He received offers from other big name programs, and chose to become a Hawkeye. 

    Hubbard has the talent to start immediately and will join a very solid Iowa recruiting class that could have them farther up in the Big Ten standings in 2011. 

10. Stan Simpson: Memphis

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    Stan Simpson was heavily recruited by some big name programs out of high school and after spending a few seasons at the junior college level, he he taking his talent to Memphis.

    Simpson is 6'10" and 235 pounds. He is another name in a long list of big name recruits Memphis has gobbled up over the past decade. 

    Memphis was a tournament team last season and Simpson will help give them a big presence down low next year. 

9. Moussa Gueye: Alabama

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    Moussa Gueye is a large man. He stands 7'0" and 280 pounds. Gueye may be just what the Crimson Tide need to get back to the NCAA Tournament. 

    He chose Alabama over Texas, USC and Indiana. He will certainly make an impact right away for Alabama. 

    Alabama head coach Anthony Grant now has two seven-footers to play with on his front line. That could spell trouble for the rest of the SEC. 

8. Jeremy Jones: Kansas St.

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    Jeremy Jones is a combo guard from Liberal, Kansas. He will join Frank Martin's squad that is in desperate need of a guard after the graduation of the very talented Jacob Pullen.

    Jones chose Kansas St. over Arizona St, Houston and South Florida. 

    He may need to add a little muscle to his 160 pound frame, but will certainly help Kansas St. next season. 

7. Philip Jurek: Oklahoma St.

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    Like many others on this list, Philip Jurick is a big dude. He is 6'11" and 250 pounds.

    He was a top 100 player in high school and after originally committing to Tennessee, spent a few season in junior college.

    Jurick is the most skilled center at the junior college level and will likely be a starter and possible double-double guy for the Cowboys. 

    He is a defensive presence and averaged 9.5 blocks per game last season. 

6. Cheikh Mbodji: Cincinnati

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    Mbodji is an impact power forward who Cincinnati needed desperately to finish out its recruiting class. 

    The Bearcats lost three front court players from last year and Mbodji will have an excellent chance to start next season alongside senior Yancy Gates. 

    Mdodji has size at 6'9" and is originally from Senegal. He will be a solid role player for Mick Cronin and the Bearcats next season. 

5. Sam Grooms: Oklahoma

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    Sam Grooms joins fellow JUCO Casey Arent is a solid recruiting class for the Sooners. He is one of a trio of JUCO points guards at the top of this list. 

    Grooms like Arent will likely see immediate playing time next season. 

    He was heavily recruited by big name programs, and should help Oklahoma have a big rebuilding season next year. 

4. Keith DeWitt: Southern Mississippi

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    Keith Dewitt was a junior college teammate of the man right behind him on the list. 

    He is a true power forward at 6'10" and 215 pounds and will be joining a Southern Miss program where he can make an immediate impact. 

    Dewitt failed to qualify at Missouri out of high school and after a few years in junior college, he will get his chance at the Division 1 level. 

3. De'End Parker: UCLA

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    De'End Parker is a large combo guard. At 6'5" he has the size of a wing, but can play the point if necessary. 

    Parker is a talented scorer who is a deadly three-point shooter. He shot 43.0 percent last season and will likely step into a starting role next season for Ben Howland. 

    The Bruins will have talented guard who can play multiple positions next season. 

2. Pierre Jackson: Baylor

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    Pierre Jackson is a tiny guard. At only 5'10" and 175 pounds, he is small in stature, but has a big game. 

    Baylor is looking to overcome a disappointing season. The Bears had a lot of talent last year, but couldn't put everything together. 

    Jackson will help step in and fill the scoring void left by LaceDarius Dunn. 

1. Nurideen Lindsey: St. John's

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    Lindsey joins God's Gift as two of the top JUCO players in the country both headed to St. John's.

    The Red Storm graduated their entire backcourt from last season and Lindsey has a chance to earn a starting job. 

    At 6'4", he has the size to guard the one or the two and post up the smaller guards. 

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