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March 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Transfer season is in full bloom right now. It seems every minute you go on line there is news of a different player leaving his current school for a new destination. We will try to keep everything in order right here, updating often as new players announce their intentions to transfers and decisions are made. This list is all of the players who have decided to transfer this season, going back to August.

Here is the latest news on transfers:

March 30:
Jeff Goodman released his comprehensive list to the web…and, plenty of names previously not known have surfaced. Not too many ‘impact’ names were surprising…but the sheer number of players is certainly staggering and the number will only continue to rise. Here is Goodman’s list: CBS Transfer List: First Edition. On the next page below…we have updated the names and will continue to add new ones as the stories break. We also have a few new stories below linked taking about some of the transfers on the list…

Youngstown State’s Nate Perry & Cale Zuiker to Transfer according to Vindy.com, citing Goodman’s list.

Perry, a 6-foot-2 sophomore guard from Greensburg, Pa., appeared in 24 games last season, averaging 2.2 points and 0.9 rebounds per game. He averaged 8.1 minutes per game this season.

Zuiker, a 6-foot-9 freshman power forward from Marshfield, Wis., played in just 14 games, averaging 3.2 minutes per game last season.

Kent State’s Scooter Johnson Plans to Transfer the recordpub.com reports, also citing Goodman’s list. The 6-foot-6, 200-pound Johnson was a non-qualifier out of Bedford High School, who spent his first year in Kent focusing on academics. He competed at the power forward position the next year, but averaged 1.9 points in 7.9 minutes per game while shooting 31 percent from the field in 23 appearances.

March 29:
Cody Mann, the odd guard out on CSU’s men’s basketball team this past season, is leaving the Rams and hoping to play somewhere closer to his Miami home, he said Wednesday, as reported by the Coloradoan.com.

Mann, a 6-foot, 160-pound freshman point guard, played sparingly in 16 games this season, scoring 10 points, grabbing nine rebounds and handing out eight assists.

Nate Hicks to Leave Georgia Tech Basketball Team (WCTV.com) and the 6-10 rising junior will have two years of eligibility at another institution. He averaged 1.4 points and 2.1 rebounds while hitting 54.9 percent of his shots from the floor, and blocked 19 shots in his 47-game career with the Yellow Jackets.

March 27:
One of the better transfer prospects on the market has picked a home and Auburn Picks up a Guard (oanow.com) as Virginia transfer K.T. Harrell, a 6-foot-4 guard who played in all 31 games for the Cavaliers during his 2010-11 freshman season, averaging 8.0 points and 2.1 rebounds, chose Auburn. Harrell played in the first 11 games of his sophomore season (2011-12) at Virginia before deciding to leave the program in late December. Harrell is a former Brewbaker Tech star from Montgomery (AL) and this will allow him to play closer to home.

We missed one from earlier this month as Western Michigan Announced Matt Stainbrook Left the Program (MLive.com). The sophomore center was the Broncos’ second-leading scorer this past season at 11.4 points per-game and was the team’s leading rebounder at 6.8/game.

Tyrone Marshall Leaving Wyoming Basketball Program (Trib.com). The 6-foot-8, 220-lb freshman from Denver averaged 0.8 points and 0.8 rebounds in four minutes of action per game in his nine appearances for Larry Shyatt’s club this season.

Fairfield’s Jamel Fields to Transfer reports the Connecticut Post. The 6-foot-1 combo guard averaged 3.5 points and 1.8 rebounds with 38 assists in 35 games during his sophomore season.

Drake’s Smith, Welfringer to transfer reports the Des Moines Register. The 6-foot-4 David Smith played in 63 games in his Drake career, scoring 63 points and adding 33 assists, 56 rebounds, 12 steals and four blocks. He started one game in 2011-12 and scored 27 points in 29 games.

Judd Welfringer, 6-foot-4, played in 13 games as a true freshman in 2011-12, averaging 1.2 points and 1.6 rebounds. He added nine assists, six steals and one block.

Guard Alex Dragicevich Will Transfer From Notre Dame a school release reported this afternoon. The 6-7, 221-pound guard played in all 34 contests during the 2011-12 campaign and made 10 starts while averaging 6.6 points and 1.8 rebounds. He scored a career-high 22 points in a win over Pitt to open the BIG EAST schedule for the Irish. On the season he was 40-117 (34%) from beyond the arc.

According to a source, College of Charleston sophomores James Carlton and Jordan Scott have decided to transfer. Scott is a 6-foot-1 guard who started 14 games on the season. He finished shooting 34% from three-point range (24-70) and averaged 3.8 PPG. Carlton, a 6’7 forward, appeared in 22 games and averaged 1.1 points and 1.5 rebounds a contest this past season.

March 26, 2012:
Rice is losing two freshmen players that were considered significant building blocks when they entered the program this season as Dylan Ennis and Jarelle Reischel plan to transfer from Rice (Houston Chronicle).

Ennis, who averaged 8.5 points and 4.1 assists, was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman team this season. His 144 assists set a school freshman record.

Reischel, who is originally from Germany before moving to Point Pleasant, N.J., averaged 5.7 points and 2.7 rebounds.

Enrique Gumbs & Deon Jones are Leaving Towson Basketball Program, per a University release. Gumbs will not return to the team due to medical conditions, but the redshirt sophomore will remain enrolled at Towson. Jones has been granted permission to seek a transfer from the University.

Jones, who started all 32 games during his freshman season, averaged 7.0 points and 4.5 rebounds while playing 31.3 minutes per game. The freshman was third on the team with 41 assists and fourth on the squad with 26 steals.

DeVille Smith Leaves Mississippi State, Likely to Transfer reports SportingNews.com. Mississippi State head coach Rick Stansbury announced his ‘retirement’ as the season ended and Smith is the first player to leave the program in the wake of the news. Smith appeared in 26 games for the Bulldogs and averaged 4.2 points and 1.6 rebounds. He was expected to be the team’s starting point guard next season.

Seldon-used guard Wes Washpun Granted Release from Tennessee per the Chatanoogan.com. Washpun appeared in 17 games as a freshman this past season for the Vols.

UW-Green Bay picks up a solid addition as Easter Illinois’ Alfonzo McKinnie Decides to Transfer to UWGB (Green Bay Press Gazette). McKinnie averaged 10.2 points and 7.0 rebounds per game while shooting 56.7 percent as a sophomore last season at EIU. The article also reports that UWGB sophomore guard Terry Johnson decided to leave the team. Johnson, who played only one season at UWGB after transferring from Illinois State, averaged 4.4 points and 15.2 minutes per game.

We also removed Will Spradling from the list below of transfers. With Frank Martin on his way to South Carolina to become the new Gamecocks head coach, many believe Spradling may stay in the Little Apple. Either way, the linked report of his being granted a release looks premature.

March 24, 2012:
Will Spradling Has Been Granted a Release to Transfer from Kansas State (Curtis Kitchen.com), the sophomore guard averaged 9 ppg this season.
Jordan Railey Leaving Iowa State (IowaStateDaily.com). The 6’11 Soph C is joining Tavon Sledge out the door looking for more playing time.

March 23, 2012:
Six Players Transferring from San Francisco’s Men’s Basketball Program (MercuryNews.com) – Coach Rex Walters will lose starters Perris Blackwell and Michael Williams as well as reserves Justin Raffington, Charles Standifer, Khalil Murphy and Avery Johnson.

Blackwell, a 6-foot-9, 240-pound forward from Etiwanda, is the big loss as he earned All-West Coast Conference honorable mention honors this season for averaging 12.7 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.

Walters shared his thoughts on the transfer phenomenon in college basketball with the MercuryNews.com’s Ben Enos:

“It’s part of our society now, I think,” Walters said. “If you look at the transfer rate at high schools, its pretty high. If you look at the transfer rate on AAU teams, it’s 50 percent. It doesn’t diminish what these six guys helped us accomplish. We support them.”

Reports: Iowa State’s Fr. Tavon Sledge to Transfer (TimesRepublican.com)

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May 19, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

A look around the BIG EAST basketball conference with some of this mornings latest headlines from newspapers around the country…as well as our own sources:

The BIG EAST/SEC Challenge is expanding to 12 games this season and match-ups are starting to be leaked. The NY Post has learned one match-up will have St. John’s meeting Kentucky next season. The game will feature two of the top recruiting classes of incoming freshmen in the country.

According to the Post, the game will be played in early December at Rupp Arena. The Wildcats, under John Calipari, will bring in the nation’s No. 1-ranked recruiting class. St. John’s brings in the nation’s No. 3-ranked class, headlined by Queens forward Maurice Harkless, Texas guard D’Angelo Harrison and Juco center God’s Gift Achiuwa.

The Post’s Lenn Robbins also reported this morning that Arizona guard Lamont “MoMo” Jones of Harlem, will transfer to St. John’s and could be eligible to play this upcoming season pending the application of an NCAA hardship waiver.

As a sophomore for the Wildcats last season, Jones averaged 9.7 points a game and 2.4 assists in 26 minutes a game as Sean Miller’s club reached the Elite 8 before losing to Connecticut.

The Hoop Group has announced the field for their 2011 Philly Classic, which will be headlined by the BIG EAST’s Pittsburgh Panthers. Other teams participating include: La Salle, Penn, James Madison, Robert Morris, and Rider.

New Providence coach Ed Cooley is working hard on the recruiting trail. New Hampton Prep’s Zach Auguste took an unofficial visit to get a closer look at the Friar campus earlier this week.

West Virginia sophomore Dalton Pepper has left the program. The guard averaged nearly 4 points a game last season. Most reports have Pepper returning closer to his Pennsbury (PA) roots to attend Temple.

Georgetown head coach John Thompson III has added former Hoya big man Othella Harrington to his coaching staff. Harrington played at Georgetown from 1992-1996 and spent 12 seasons in the NBA. Harrington is a native of Jackson, Miss.

While Connecticut Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun basks in the glory of his third national championship, questions of his future remain. Calhoun Could Make Decision on Future in June (The Sporting News) but is preparing as if he will be coaching the Huskies next year. The 69-year old has battled several health issues in recent seasons and will use a 10-day family vacation in June to get away from the game for a little bit and reflect on his future.

With Lamont Jones’ impending transfer to St. John’s, it will likely remove the Red Storm from the mix for NC State transfer Ryan Harrow who was expected to visit the program before making a decision. Harrow is also considering Kentucky, Louisville, Georgia and Texas – all of which he has visited. Expect a decision very soon.

Anthony Crater, who has run into his share of difficulties since transferring to South Florida from Ohio State, has been kicked off the team by Stan Heath for a violation of team rules.


April 25, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

–Junior point guard Kemba Walker declared for the NBA Draft. Walker is expected to be a lottery selection in June’s draft.

–Big forward Donnavan Kirk will be eligible after the first semester during the 2011-2012 season. Kirk enrolled at DePaul last January after transferring from Miami.
–Point guard Michael Bizoukas has another year of eligibility remaining, but he will not return to DePaul for the 2011-2012 season.

–Sophomore G/F Hollis Thompson declared for the NBA Draft. Thompson, who is not expected to be drafted should he remain in the draft, can still withdraw from the draft and return to the Hoyas for his junior season.
–Sophomore guard Vee Sanford announced he was leaving the program and pursuing a transfer this spring.

–Junior center Terrence Jennings declared for the NBA Draft. Jennings, a second round-to-undrafted prospect, can return for his senior season if he withdraws from the draft prior to the May 8th deadline.

–6’7 forward Jamil Wilson will be eligible for the Golden Eagles after sitting out the 2010-2011 season as a transfer student from Oregon.

Notre Dame:
–Junior forward Carleton Scott declared for the NBA Draft. Although listed as a senior last season, Scott has another season of eligibility and can return to the Irish next season if he withdraws from the draft prior to the May 8th deadline. Scott is not expected to be drafted at this time if he were to stay in the draft.

–Junior guard Ashton Gibbs declared for the NBA Draft. Gibbs has not signed with an agent. Projected as a 2nd round-to-undrafted prospect, Gibbs can still withdraw from the draft by the May 8th deadline and return for his senior season.
–Sophomore forward J.J. Richardson announced he will leave the program this spring and transfer somewhere closer to home.

–The Friars fired head coach Keno Davis following the season. Former Boston College assistant and recent Fairfield University head coach Ed Cooley was hired as his replacement. Cooley is a Providence (RI) native.

Seton Hall:
–Freshman forward Anali Okoloji announced he was leaving the program and will seek a transfer this sprint.

South Florida:
–Junior forward Augustis Gilchrist declared for the NBA Draft. Gilchrist, projected as a second round-to-undrafted prospect has not signed with an agent and can return to USF if he withdraws his name from the draft prior to the May 8th deadline.
–Sophomore guard Mike Burwell was released from his scholarship and will transfer to another program. Burwell averaged 1.7 PPG last season.
–Junior point guard Shedrick Haynes left the program. Haynes played sparingly in his one season with the Bulls, averaging 1.1 PPG.
–The Bulls will receive the services of 6’7 forward Victor Rudd, who sat out the 2010-2011 season after transferring from Arizona State.

West Virginia:
–Junior forward Kevin Jones declared for the NBA Draft. Jones, a second round-to-undrafted prospect, can return to WVU for his senior season if he withdraws from the draft prior to the May 8th deadline.
–Forward Dan Jennings officially was granted his release from scholarship and will transfer this spring.

We will update the spring recruiting signings tomorrow night…

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