Top 25 Transfers in College Basketball Who Will Make an Impact This Season

    Transfers are all the rage these days. There were around 700 or so in total this season, and many of them won’t be heard from again on a national level.

    October 29, 2018

    Transfers are all the rage these days. There were around 700 or so in total this season, and many of them won’t be heard from again on a national level.

    However, we’ll give you 25 that should be a factor this season:

    1) Dedric Lawson, Kansas (Memphis)

    The junior forward could wind up being the Jayhawks’ best player this season. Two seasons ago, he led the American Athletic Conference in rebounding (9.9 ppg) and also averaged 19.2 points per while playing for his hometown Memphis Tigers.


    2) Reid Travis*, Kentucky (Stanford)

    There’s a lot of talent in Lexington, especially on the frontline. So don’t expect Travis to average 19.5 points and 8.7 boards like he did last season at Stanford. But he’ll help with toughness and experience, and also with rebounding and interior scoring. This could ultimately be the difference-maker for the ‘Cats.


    3) Brandon Clarke, Gonzaga (San Jose State)

    He won’t put up 17.3 points and 8.7 boards like he did two years ago at San Jose State, but he’s arguably the best athlete on the Zags’ team and will give Mark Few a versatile defender who should do a little bit of everything.


    4) Mustapha Heron, St. John’s (Auburn)

    He got a waiver recently, so he doesn’t have to sit out this season. Heron is a wing scorer who should team with Shamorie Ponds to get the Johnnies back to the NCAA tourney. He averaged 16.4 points and 5.3 boards last season for Bruce Pearl and the Tigers.


    5) Matt Mooney*, Texas Tech (South Dakota)

    Chris Beard added a guy who averaged 18.7 points per game last season at South Dakota. His college career began with one season at Air Force. Look for him to get time at both guard spots. He may very well be the leading scorer for the Red Raiders this season.


    6) Joe Cremo*, Villanova (Albany)

    The 6-foot-4 guard was the leading scorer at Albany last season, and is also a proven perimeter shooter. The Wildcats lost a ton, so Cremo will definitely contribute. It’ll be interesting to see whether he’ll be a key factor or more of a role guy for Jay Wright.


    7) Marial Shayok, Iowa State (Virginia)

    The 6-foot-6 wing played three seasons for Tony Bennett and averaged 8.9 points as a junior. He wanted a bigger role and should get it in Ames, where he will add experience and versatility on both ends of the floor. Look for Shayok to be one of Steve Prohm’s top players in his lone season with the Cyclones.


    8) C.J. Bryce, N.C. State (UNC Wilmington)

    Bryce averaged 17.4 points two years ago for Kevin Keatts, and followed him from UNCW to Raleigh. Bryce can score at all three levels and has a great pull-up game. Look for him to make an immediate impact, especially due to the fact that he’s already familiar with the system.


    9) Ryan Taylor*, Northwestern (Evansville)

    Taylor began his college career at Ohio, but made his mark at Evansville, where he put up 21.3 points per game last season for the Aces. He can make shots and score the ball, and that’s what he’ll do for Chris Collins at Northwestern. He gives the Wildcats size, length and experience in the backcourt.


    10) Tevin Mack, Alabama (Texas)

    Two years ago, Mack averaged 14.8 points in 15 games before he was dismissed from the Texas team. Now, he’ll get a second chance in Tuscaloosa, where Avery Johnson has plenty of pieces around Mack. The 6-foot-6 wing should still contribute as a scorer for the Crimson Tide.


    11) Mario Kegler, Baylor (Mississippi State)

    Kegler was highly regarded coming out of high school and nearly averaged double-figures in his lone season in Starkville. The 6-foot-7 versatile wing can stuff the stat sheet, and should also help on the defensive end for Scott Drew.


    12) Trey Porter*, Nevada (Old Dominion)

    Porter is long, athletic and can run and finish. Eric Musselman and the Wolf Pack have a lot of bodies, but Porter should be important because he’s a guy who can play in the middle and also protect the rim.


    13) Rob Edwards, Arizona State (Cleveland State)

    The redshirt junior guard averaged 16.5 points two years ago at Cleveland State. It’s not out of the question that he puts up similar scoring numbers in Tempe this year, especially with Bobby Hurley losing his starting backcourt.


    14) Taurean Thompson, Seton Hall (Syracuse)

    Kevin Willard lost a ton from last year’s team, so Thompson, who averaged 9.2 points as a freshman at Syracuse, has a prime opportunity to step in and make a major impact.


    15) Zylan Cheatham, Arizona State (San Diego State)

    Cheatham averaged 8.4 points and 5.8 boards per game in two seasons before deciding to return home and play in Phoenix for the Sun Devils. He’ll be a versatile forward for ASU who can score, rebound, defend and provide leadership.


    16) Michael Weathers, Oklahoma State (Miami OH)

    The Cowboys lost a decent amount from last year’s team, and Weathers is a guy who can score and also make plays for others. He put up 16.7 points, 4.8 assists and 4.2 boards per game for Miami (OH) as a freshman two years ago, and should be one of Mike Boynton’s top scorers this season.


    17) Vance Jackson, New Mexico (UConn)

    Jackson left Storrs after a freshman season in which he started 21 games, shot 40 percent from 3 and averaged 12.4 points per game. Look for Lobos coach Paul Weir to play him at both forward spots, and take advantage of his size and ability to shoot the ball from deep.

    18) Braxton Key, Virginia (Alabama)

    Key got a hardship waiver to play immediately. He was solid last season in Tuscaloosa, averaging 7.0 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. Look for him to be a key fourth option for Tony Bennett and the Cavs this season.


    19) Tramaine Isabell*, St. Louis (Drexel)

    Isabell is a big-time scorer, and that’s what he’ll do for Travis Ford and the Billikens. Isabell averaged 21 points and 7.5 boards last season at Drexel after spending his first two years at Missouri for Kim Anderson. Isabell can score in a variety of ways.


    20) Ed Morrow, Marquette (Nebraska)

    Morrow will bring some toughness, and he’s a guy who will rebound and also finish around the bucket. He’s different than most of Marquette’s other frontcourt guys, and that’s why he should be on the floor plenty. Morrow averaged 9.4 points and 7.5 rebounds per game two years ago at Nebraska, and could put up similar numbers this season.


    21) Joseph Chartouny*, Marquette (Fordham)

    The Canadian guard should help Marquette on the perimeter with his versatile game. He averaged 12.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game last season and will give Marquette a seasoned guard who knows how to play.


    22) Steven Enoch, Louisville (UConn)

    They had high hopes for Enoch in Storrs, but he averaged just 12 minutes per game as a sophomore. Enoch will give Chris Mack and Louisville a rebounder who can also score in the post. He’s talented enough, and will have every opportunity to succeed with a lack of frontcourt depth in Louisville this season.


    23) Makai Mason, Baylor (Yale)

    Mason has played one game in the last two years, so his impact will depend heavily on health. He averaged 16 points for Yale in 2015-16, though, and had 31 against Scott Drew and the Bears in the NCAA tourney. He could be a guy who puts up 14 and 5 this season in Waco.


    24) Ryan Luther*, Arizona (Pittsburgh)

    The 6-foot-9 skilled, tough four-man averaged 12.7 points and 10.1 rebounds in 10 games for the Panthers last season. The hope is that Luther can average in double-figures for Sean Miller this season in Tucson and also help on the glass.


    T25) Tariq Owens*, Texas Tech (St. John’s)

    Owens started his career at Tennessee and played two seasons at St. John’s, where he averaged 8.4 points, 5.9 boards and 2.8 blocks per game. He’ll give Chris Beard a guy who is long and can be a factor on the defensive end with his ability to rebound and alter shots.

    T-25) Juwan Durham, Notre Dame (UConn)

    The 6-foot-11 Tampa native didn’t do much as a freshman at UConn two seasons ago, but in his defense, there hasn’t been a frontcourt guy who thrived in Storrs recently. Durham should get a shot for Mike Brey and the Irish, who could use him to help on the glass and also as a rim protector.

    * Grad transfers (players who transferred and won’t have to sit out a year)


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