College Basketball’s Top 20 Transfers for 2019-20

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    Transfers are all the rage these days. It’s become the new way of recruiting in recent years, and Texas Tech Head Coach Chris Beard used a couple of transfers — Matt Mooney and Tariq Owens — to help reload and get to the championship game last season.

    [RELATED: College Basketball’s 2019-20 Midseason Transfer List]

    Here’s a list of the 20 transfers who will make a significant impact this season:

    1) Kerry Blackshear Jr., 6-10, 250, PF, Grad, Florida
    2018-19 Stats: 14.9 ppg, 7.5 rpg (Virginia Tech)
    Scout’s take: “Skilled post player that you can run offense through. He can score with his back to the basket, at the elbow or extend to beyond the 3-point line. Extremely high basketball IQ, can rebound in his area, has a mean streak and toughness about him.”

    2) Quentin Grimes, 6-5, 210, G, So. (Waiver), Houston
    2018-19 Stats: 8.4 ppg (Kansas)
    Scout’s take: “Doesn’t do anything exceptional, but does everything well. Should be Kelvin Sampson’s best player and will thrive with a change of scenery.”

    3) Chris Clarke, 6-6, 205, SF, Grad, Texas Tech
    2017-18 Stats: 8.2 ppg, 6.3 rpg (2017-18 at Virginia Tech)
    Scout’s take: “Quick-twitch athlete, big-time motor with a high basketball IQ. Can play and also guard multiple positions.”

    4) Nate Sestina, 6-9, 245, PF, Grad, Kentucky
    2018-19 Stats: 15.8 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 38% 3-pointers (Bucknell)
    Scout’s take: “Very good catch-and-shoot guy. Makes 3s and stretches the floor. Shoots a turnaround jumper in the post. Physical and strong, good position rebounder and uses strength. Goes after misses. Solid low-post defender, average foot-speed guarding on the perimeter.”

    5) Shakur Juiston, 6-7, 220, PF, Grad, Oregon
    2018-19 Stats: 10.8 ppg, 8.8 rpg (UNLV)
    Scout’s take: “He’s a banger, a phenomenal rebounder. Quick twitch. He can finish around the rim and step out to mid-range.”

    6) Omer Yurtseven, 7-0, 275, C, Sr., Georgetown
    2017-18 Stats: 13.5 ppg, 6.7 rpg (NC State)
    Scout’s take: “The guy is a skilled big man, and we all know Patrick Ewing will do his best to get him the ball. He can score in the post, and also steps out.”

    7) Admon Gilder, 6-4, 200, G, Grad, Gonzaga
    2017-18 Stats: 12.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 40% 3-pointers (Texas A&M)
    Scout’s take: “Big-time kid, relentless work ethic. He was one of the best defensive players in the SEC over the last three seasons and has already scored over 1,000 points in his career.”

    8) Rasir Bolton, 6-2, 180, G, So. (Waiver), Iowa State
    2018-19 Stats: 11.6 ppg (Penn State)
    Scout’s take: “Guard who can score in a variety of ways. Shoots it well from deep, but can also get to the basket.”

    9) Justin Pierce, 6-7, 215, F, Grad, North Carolina
    2018-19 Stats: 14.9 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 4.1 apg (William & Mary)
    Scout’s take: “Long, skilled and athletic hybrid forward who is a stat stuffer. Excellent cutter, passes it well, needs to get stronger.”

    10) Malachi Flynn, 6-2, 180, PG, Jr., San Diego State
    2017-18 Stats: 15.8 ppg, 4.3 apg (Washington State)
    Scout’s take: “Quick little guard who could wind up being San Diego State’s best player. He can get into the lane, shoots it and also can run the team.”

    11) Lamont West, 6-8, 225, PF, Grad, Missouri State
    2018-19 Stats: 11.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg (West Virginia)
    Scout’s take: “Good size. Best at the 4. Can really make 3s.”

    12) Anthony Mathis, 6-3, 180, SG, Grad, Oregon
    2018-19 Stats: 14.4 ppg, 42% 3-pointers (New Mexico)
    Scout’s take: “Elite, elite shooter. A little soft, but can really stroke it from deep.”

    13) Christian Keeling, 6-4, 175, G, Grad, North Carolina
    2018-19 Stats: 18.7 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 38% 3-pointers (Charleston Southern)
    Scout’s take: “Elite scorer from 3 and mid-range. Very, very good shooter off the catch-and-bounce. Creative to get his spots. Long and good athlete for his size. Good finisher at the rim, but trusts his jump shot more. Defends.”

    14) Jake Toolson, 6-5, 205, SG, Grad, BYU
    2018-19 Stats: 15.7 ppg, 45% 3-pointers (Utah Valley)
    Scout’s take: “He shoots the crap out of the ball. Can really space the floor.”

    15) Jason Carter, 6-8, 230, PF, Grad (with two years), Xavier
    2018-19 Stats: 16.5 ppg, 6.7 rpg (Ohio)
    Scout’s take: “Could be a starter for sure at Xavier and a double-figure scoring guy.”

    16) Donnie Tillman, 6-7, 225, F, Jr. (Waiver), UNLV
    2018-19 Stats: 10.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg (Utah)
    Scout’s take: “He’ll help UNLV a ton this year. Gives them toughness and a guy who can score and rebound.”

    17) Quade Green*, 6-0, 170, PG, So., Washington *Seeking a waiver to play the start of the season
    2018-19 Stats: 8.0, 2.3 apg (Kentucky)
    Scout’s take: “He had a rough go at Kentucky, but is tough and can make shots. Might be the key for Mike Hopkins.”

    18) Bubba Parham, 5-11, 160, G, Jr. (Waiver), Georgia Tech
    2018-19 Stats: 21.4 ppg, 40% 3-pointers (VMI)
    Scout’s take: “He’s a badass. Cat-quick combo guard who can score 40. Elite in ball screens, deep range and can really pass.”

    19) MaCio Teague, 6-3, 190, G, Jr., Baylor
    2017-18 Stats: 16.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.5 apg (UNC Asheville)
    Scout’s take: “He’s a guy who can really shoot it and should be a major piece for Scott Drew’s team this season. Versatile wing, but his biggest asset is his perimeter shot.”

    20) Koby McEwen, 6-4, 200, G, Jr., Marquette
    2017-18 Stats: 15.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 3.2 apg (Utah State)
    Scout’s take: “Well-rounded guard who gives Wojo size, and also a guy who can do a little bit of everything. Should be a nice complement to Markus Howard.”

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