Bringing in transfers from other schools has become a very hot commodity within college basketball. Some schools just don’t have the same advantage in recruiting, leaving them the proverbial short end of the stick. However, with recent successes at Iowa State and Oregon using this method, more and more schools are using the transfer rules to their advantage.
This allows a few things to happen for those respective schools. First, they bring in players. That’s the biggest thing a college team can do. Without bodies you can’t put a team out on the court, which is pretty obvious. Second, not only are you bringing in players, they’re new players and players that have already had experience playing at the college level. That’s the advantage schools bringing in transfers have. Instead of waiting to see just how well their freshmen will translate at the college level, they are getting players who have already made that adjustment.
Transfers have become the new norm. More than 400 players from last season have transferred to new schools for basketball since the beginning of the 2013-14 season. Some of the names are surprising, others had to transfer because their former team no longer wanted them for one reason or another (breaking rules, needing scholarships elsewhere, etc.), but all play a role. It’s the second phase of recruiting. High school players are nice, but if you can get somebody who’s already a good college player and get them on your team, that’s a huge win.
Here, we’ll look at some of the biggest names that have changed schools for the 2014-15 college basketball season and what they bring to the table for their respective teams.