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Thursday, October 09, 2008

Impact Transfers


Transfers are often overlooked when analyzing a team's prospects for the upcoming season. Everyone notices the new freshman recruits, but some people forget about the transfers that had to sit out a season. However, transfers often have more of an immediate impact than freshmen as a result of the experience that they have. This season, there is an abundance of talented transfers ready to make people remember them.

Denis Clemente, Kansas State (from Miami (Fl.): Clemente will immediately step in next to Jacob Pullen in what will be a backcourt-driven Wildcats team.

Anthony Gurley, Massachusetts (from Wake Forest):
The Minutemen already have Chris Lowe and Ricky Harris in the backcourt, but Gurley will play.

Alex Legion, Illinois (from Kentucky): After an interesting few months with Kentucky, Legion will now become a go-to scorer for Illini.

Laval Lucas-Perry, Michigan (from Arizona): With the losses of Brandon Jennings and Jerryd Bayless, Arizona could probably use Lucas-Perry right about now.

Chris Lutz (from Purdue)/Octavius Spann (from Georgetown)/Brandon Powell (from Florida), Marshall: This trio will help the Thundering Herd make noise in Conference-USA.

Mike Mercer, South Florida (from Georgia): Very good scorer and all-around player will provide nice scoring punch next to Dominique Jones.

Robert Mitchell, Seton Hall (from Duquesne): The Pirates are low on scholarship players heading into the season; “Stix” will make an impact.

Chamberlain Oguchi, Illinois State (from Oregon): The Redbirds are aiming to get to the NCAA Tournament – Oguchi can shoot and will make an impact.

Magnum Rolle, Louisiana Tech (from LSU):
Very athletic and long forward never replaced Tyrus Thomas as some had hoped.

Zaire Taylor, Missouri (from Delaware): Taylor will fit Mike Anderson’s up-tempo style perfectly with his defense and athleticism.

Joe Trapani, Boston College (from Vermont):
With Tyrese Rice taking most of the shots in the backcourt, Trapani will be a nice complement.

Reginald Delk, Louisville (from Mississippi State):
The Cardinals are supremely talented across the roster, but Delk will immediately see time.

Tre’Von Willis, UNLV (from Memphis):
The Runnin’ Rebels are looking to make noise in the Mountain West this year; Willis is a main reason.

Ryan Wright, Oklahoma (from UCLA): Might be sandwiched between the two Griffin brothers, Blake and Taylor. Will get chances up front.

Nick Aldridge, Cincinnati (from Western Carolina):
Big-time scorer and rebounder in the Southern; will it translate to the Big East?

Ben Allen, Saint Mary’s (from Indiana): A big who can step outside and shoot, Allen is in a better situation than he would be in Bloomington.

Jawan Carter, Delaware (from St. Joseph’s):
Big-time high school scorer, Carter returns home as one of the top CAA transfers.

Mouhammad Faye, SMU (from Georgia Tech): Long and versatile forward, Faye never seemed to fit in with the Yellow Jackets.

Vernon Goodridge, La Salle (from Mississippi State): Goodridge is a banger inside who will immediately become an A-10 force.

Xavier Hansbro, Georgia State (from Mississippi): Another very good transfer to the CAA, Hansbro might help GSU make moves in the standings.

Maurice Joseph, Vermont (from Michigan State):
Joseph was a solid role player with the Spartans; could become a star in the America East.

Phil Nelson, Portland State (from Washington): Excellent outside shooter with size, Nelson is one of the best players in the Big Sky.

Sean Ogirri, Wyoming (from Wichita State): Ogirri made a name for himself in the 2006 NCAA Tournament and will be the go-to-guy in Laramie.

Ben Voogd, Oregon (from LSU):
Now that Voogd is in the fold in Oregon, Tajuan Porter might be able to move over to shooting guard full-time.

10 Junior College Transfers to Watch

Mario Little/Tyrone Appleton, Kansas:
With only two key players returning from last year’s championship team, both of these players will have a shot to immediately step in.

Jeremie Simmons, Ohio State:
Late signee will battle right away for the starting point guard spot, replacing all-Big Ten performer Jamar Butler.

Joey Shaw, Nevada: The former Indiana role player will be counted upon immediately for wing scoring.

Juan Patillo, Oklahoma: Despite the Griffin brothers being entrenched in the starting lineup, Patillo has a chance to see minutes.

Qa’rraan Calhoun, Houston: The former St. John’s signee will become a go-to-guy for a team in need of scoring after a few key losses.

Bobby Maze, Tennessee: The Volunteers need a point guard to step in right away, and the job might be Maze’s to lose.

Devron Bostick, Minnesota: The National Junior College Player of the Year will have an opportunity to start right away on the wing.

Kevin Galloway, Kentucky:
With the Wildcats in need of a point guard, the former Fresno State signee could use his 6-5 height to get the job.

Jermaine Dixon, Pittsburgh: The Panthers seem to have everything in place – except a consistent wing scorer. Can Dixon fill that role?

Montrell McDonald, Arkansas: The Razorbacks lost nearly everyone from last season; McDonald can play both forward spots and will fight for a job.


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