Old Faces, New Places: 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.
Jordan Crawford, Xavier (from Indiana): Probably best known for his dunk over LeBron James in the summer, Crawford will immediately be one of the best players in the Atlantic-10.
Wesley Johnson, Syracuse (from Iowa State): The offseason hype about Johnson has been outrageous; he is expected to be the go-to-guy for the Orange.
Jai Lucas, Texas (from Florida): The Longhorns need a point guard, and Lucas comes at the perfect time. But don't expect him to be handed the starting spot.
Ben Hansbrough, Notre Dame (from Mississippi State): Another transfer, Scott Martin, was also set to be a factor for the Irish, but he tore his ACL late in the summer.
Malcolm Grant, Miami (Fl.) (from Villanova): Grant never really hit his stride with the Wildcats, but he is ultra-quick and will help replace Jack McClinton.
Elliot Williams, Memphis (from Duke): With all the losses Memphis endured, Williams is expected to come in and immediately grab a starting spot in the backcourt.
Alex Stepheson, USC (from North Carolina): The Trojans are in dire need of go-to scorers, and Stepheson will step into the frontcourt right away and be a factor.
Keon Lawrence (from Missouri), Herb Pope (from New Mexico State), Jeff Robinson (from Memphis), Seton Hall: Transfer trio will make Pirates threat in Big East.
Taylor King, Villanova (from Duke): The Wildcats are backcourt-laden, and King will provide an inside-outside threat up front for Jay Wright and co.
Jay Gavin, VCU (from Marist): Explosive scorer never really fit in at Marist, but his ability to get points will help replace Eric Maynor in the backcourt.
Chase Adams, Pittsburgh (from Centenary): The noise coming from the Panthers is that Adams has a chance to grab the starting point guard right off the bat.
Armon Bassett, Ohio (from Indiana): Bassett was a very solid all-around player with the Hoosiers, and he has the opportunity to be a star in the MAC.
Tony Freeman, Southern Illinois (from Iowa): A big-time player in the Big Ten, Freeman immediately becomes the go-to-guy for the perennial mid-major power.
Derrick Jasper, UNLV (from Kentucky): Jasper is a 6-6 point guard who can run a team and defend very well; he will fit in better with UNLV than he did with the Wildcats.
Curtis Kelly, Kansas State (from Connecticut): If the lefty from New York City is able to provide inside balance down low, the Wildcats have a chance to be a contender.
Jeremiah Rivers, Indiana (from Georgetown): While it seems like everyone else was moving away from the Hoosiers, Rivers will arrive at at time when Tom Crean needs experience.
Shamari Spears, Charlotte (from Boston College): Spears is a burly and physical forward who is difficult to stop down low. He provides the 49ers with a good interior scorer.
Ibrahima Thomas, Cincinnati (from Oklahoma State): Thomas was a consistent inside performer for OK State before being kicked off the team; he will produce for Cincy.
Eric Wallace, DePaul (from Ohio State): The Blue Demons are going to struggle in the Big East no matter what, but Wallace gives them an athletic, versatile playmaker.
Vernon Macklin, Florida (from Georgetown): The Gators have a lot of talent across their roster, but Macklin provides a strong inside player who isn't afraid to bang.
Jonathan Mitchell, Rutgers (from Florida): The athletic Mitchell is expected to be an immediate scorer on the wing for the Scarlet Knights, who need options.
Tyrone Shelley, San Diego State (from Pepperdine): Shelley was a big-time scorer in the WCC for Pepperdine, and will bring that same ability to what should be a MWC contender.
Derrick Caracter, UTEP (from Louisville): If Caracter plays to his potential, he and guard Randy Culpepper will comprise an outstanding inside-outside combo.
Casey Mitchell, West Virginia: With the loss of Alex Ruoff, West Virginia needs a perimeter shooter and scorer to step in and be a factor.
Dwight Buycks/Darius Johnson-Odom, Marquette: The Golden Eagles don't return much from last season, and these two will get a chance to get immediate playing time.
Jarrid Famous, South Florida: The athletic and active Famous will be an immediate factor at both ends for the Bulls.
Darnell Dodson, Kentucky: The Wildcats bring in a plethora of newcomers, but Dodson will find a way to get minutes on the perimeter.
Melvin Goins, Tennessee: The Volunteers got inconsistency from Bobby Maze at the point last year -- will Goins push him?.
Trevor Mbakwe, Minnesota: The Golden Gophers had an excellent recruiting class, and Mbakwe is as good as anyone else in the group.
Malcolm Thomas, San Diego State: Thomas, who originated at Pepperdine, is one of several talented pieces for the Aztecs.
Cliff Dixon, Western Kentucky: Dixon chose the Hilltoppers over offers from some bigger schools, and he will show why immediately.
Will Coleman, Memphis: With all the personnel losses suffered by the Tigers, Coleman will get an opportunity to get minutes inside.
James Beatty, Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights are set at the two-guard with Mike Rosario, and Beatty will combine with him in a solid backcourt.