These Are the Best College Basketball Players Transferring This Offseason

We’re already approaching 500 total transfers, so it’s probably time to put together a list of the top guys on the market. Transfers has become, over the last handful of years, a major component of recruiting.

Think about this: Texas Tech wouldn’t be at the Final Four without transfers Matt Mooney (South Dakota) and Tariq Owens (St. John’s). Brandon Clarke came to Gonzaga after two years at San Jose State and was one of the best players in the country this season. North Carolina’s top player this season was Cameron Johnson, who came after starting his college career at Pitt.

We’ll give you the top grad transfers and also the top sit-out guys – in no particular order – with a brief description of their game provided by a coach who has either coached them or gone up against them. The school lists were provided by the players (and in many instances, they are a list of the schools who have reached out to them).

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GRAD TRANSFERS

Pat Andree, 6-8, 225, F, Lehigh
Stats: 12.9 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 42% 3-pointers
Quick Scout: “Elite catch-and-shoot with deep range at a legit 6-foot-7. Good passer if a team values passing, limited off the bounce. Can stretch the defense, but limited on defense.”
Schools: NC State, TCU, Kansas State, USC, Duquesne, Northwestern, Wake Forest, Boston College, Pittsburgh, Illinois

James “Beetle” Bolden, 6-0, 170, G, West Virginia
Stats: 12.2 ppg
Quick Scout: “He has to be a two. Good rhythm shooter, but needs to be in a system where he can catch and shoot.”
Schools: N/A

Joey Brunk, 6-11, 230, C, Butler
Stats: 7.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg
Quick Scout: “Big, strong post player who plays hard as hell. Can score in the paint and is a great team guy.”
Schools: Indiana, Ole Miss, UCF, Florida, Northwestern

Haanif Cheatham, 6-5, 195, G, Florida Gulf Coast
Stats: 13.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg
Quick Scout: “Playmaking wing. Slasher with very good vision in pick-and-roll. Straight line driver to rim. Can be elite defender when he wants to be.”
Schools: Nevada, Houston, Maryland, New Mexico

Jeantal Cylla, 6-7, 215, F, UNC-Wilmington
Stats: 13.7 ppg, 4.6 rpg
Quick Scout: “Face-up 4-man. Range to 3. Runs court. Ability to finish off the bounce.”
Schools: Nevada, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Oregon State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, New Mexico State, East Carolina, Tennessee State, Hartford, MTSU, FGCU, San Diego, Charlotte, San Jose State

Dazon Ingram, 6-5, 210, G, Alabama
Stats: 7.1 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.6 apg
Quick Scout: “Big, long, strong athletic guard that needs to become a more consistent perimeter shooter. Can become a dynamic defender.”
Schools: Nevada, Michigan, Oregon, Murray State, Gonzaga, Western Kentucky, UAB, UCSB

Shakur Juiston, 6-7, 220, PF, UNLV
Stats: 10.8 ppg, 8.8 rpg
Quick Scout: “He’s a banger, a phenomenal rebounder. Quick twitch. He can finish around the rim and step out to mid-range.”
Schools: N/A

Christian Keeling, 6-4, 175, G, Charleston Southern
Stats: 18.7 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 38% 3-pointers
Quick Scout: “Elite scorer from 3 and mid-range. Very, very good shooter off the catch-and-bounce. Creative to get his spots. Long and good athlete for his size. Good finisher at the rim, but trusts his jump shot more. Defends.”
Schools: Louisville, Texas Tech, Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Memphis, NC State, Maryland, Ole Miss, Colorado, Georgetown, Nevada, Butler, Arizona, Cincinnati, Boston College, Tennessee, Texas, Charleston Southern, Gonzaga

Matt Milon, 6-5, 190, SG, William & Mary
Stats: 13.0 ppg, 40% 3-pointers
Quick Scout: “Left-handed sniper with range. Strong and does not need much time or space.”
Schools: Florida, NC State, Oklahoma, Charlotte, Loyola Chicago, Seton Hall, Creighton, USC, Wake Forest

Justin Pierce, 6-7, 215, F, William & Mary
Stats: 14.9 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 4.1 apg
Quick Scout: “Long, skilled and athletic hybrid forward who is a stat-stuffer. Excellent cutter, passes it well, needs to get stronger.”
Schools: Notre Dame, Ohio State, North Carolina, Michigan, Northwestern, Stanford, NC State, Gonzaga

Jahaad Proctor, 6-3, 215, G, High Point
Stats: 19.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.3 apg
Quick Scout: “Physical, smart, can put you on his hip and keep you there. Gets to the free throw line. Three-level scorer. Streaky 3-point shooter with deep range. Average athlete.”
Schools: Arizona, Maryland, Seton Hall, Nevada, Oklahoma State, Michigan, Murray St., Boston College, Utah State, Wake Forest, San Diego, Colorado State, LaSalle

Matt Ryan, 6-8, 210, SF, Vanderbilt
Stats: 8.1 ppg
Quick Scout: “Has size and can really shoot the ball. He can be a key piece for a team.”
Schools: N/A

Nate Sestina, 6-9, 245, PF, Bucknell
Stats: 15.8 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 38% 3-pointers
Quick Scout: “Very good catch-and-shoot guy. Makes 3’s and stretches the floor. Shoots turnaround jumper in post. Physical and strong, good position rebounder and uses strength. Goes after misses. Solid low-post defender, average footspeed guarding on the perimeter.”
Comparison: John Mooney (Notre Dame)
Schools: Will visit Kentucky April 1

Derrik Smits, 7-1, 240, C, Valparaiso
Stats: 12.2 ppg, 5.7 rpg
Quick Scout: “Huge, very skilled, posts hard. Scores with his back to the basket. Good passer when doubled. Rebounds at both ends. Needs to improve defensively.”
Schools: Butler, Illinois, Oklahoma, Missouri, Oregon State, Georgia Tech, Cal, Stanford, Boise State, Grand Canyon

Rayjon Tucker, 6-5, 210, SG, Little Rock
Stats: 20.3 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 41% 3-pointers
Quick Scout: “Very, very athletic. Can shoot. Has some ball skills. Freak athlete.”
Schools: Louisville, South Carolina, Memphis, NC State, Auburn, North Carolina, Auburn, Oregon, Texas Tech, Nevada, Iowa State, Gonzaga, Grand Canyon, Ole Miss, USC, Tennessee, West Virginia

Daniel Utomi, 6-6, 215, PF, Akron
Stats: 14.2 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 37% 3-pointers
Quick Scout: “He’s a 4-man with some 3-man skills. Elite shooter with size. More of a straight-line one or two-dribble guy. Good team defender.”
Schools: Clemson, Nevada, Ole Miss, USC, Illinois, Xavier, Indiana, Seton Hall, Creighton, North Carolina, Iowa, Wichita State, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Kansas

 

SIT-OUT GUYS

Jared Bynum, 5-10, 175, PG, Fr., Saint Joseph’s
Stats: 11.3 ppg, 4.5 apg, 3.6 rpg
Quick Scout: “He’s small but super craft. If his jumper improves, he could be very, very good.”
Schools: N/A

Anthony Duruji, 6-7, 215, F, Soph., Louisiana Tech
Stats: 12.2 ppg, 6.2 rpg
Quick Scout: “Freak athlete. Strong, competitive, really good shooter with feet set. 6-foot-7, high upside. No brainer high-major.”
Schools: Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Seton Hall, Baylor, Illinois, Minnesota, Arizona State, VCU, USC, George Mason, Marquette, Ole Miss, Nevada, Indiana

Aumari Hardy, 6-2, 190, G, Soph., UNLV
Stats: 13.1 ppg, 3.5 apg, 3.0 rpg
Quick Scout: “High basketball IQ who has really improved his 3-point shooting. He just does a little bit of everything.”
Schools: Illinois, Virginia Tech, Minnesota, Murray State, San Diego, Memphis

D.J. Harvey, 6-6, 225, SG, Soph., Notre Dame
Stats: 10.7 ppg, 4.2 rpg
Quick Scout: “Talented mid-range shooter who needs to become more consistent with his 3-point shot.”
Schools: USC, Houston, Marquette, Georgetown, Iowa, Auburn, Maryland, Xavier, Cincinnati, Nevada

David Jenkins, 6-2, 190, G, Soph., South Dakota State
Stats: 19.7 ppg, 45% 3-pointer
Quick Scout: “Really talented guard who was overshadowed by Mike Daum, but he can really score it — in a variety of ways.”
Schools: N/A

Cameron Lard, 6-9, 225, PF, Soph., Iowa State
Stats: 5.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg
Quick Scout: “Athletic, can really run and can change shots. Good motor. Has to continue to develop his offensive skill set around the basket, but has a good feel as a passer.”
Schools: N/A

Kira Lewis, 6-3, 170, PG, Fr., Alabama
Stats: 13.5 ppg
Quick Scout: “Great in the open court and was Alabama’s best player. I love the way he plays the game – and think he can be one of the best point guards in the country.”
Schools: Duke, Memphis, Tennessee, Baylor, Nevada, Iowa State

Darius McNeill, 6-3, 180, G, Soph., California
Stats: 11.0 ppg
Quick Scout: “Athletic combo guard that can play some point. Streaky shooter, but very good slashing in transition. Great quickness and anticipation on defense.”
Schools: TCU, Oklahoma State, Pittsburgh, Northwestern, Nevada, Rice, SMU, Cincinnati, Kansas State, Oklahoma

Takal Molson, 6-5, 205, G, Soph., Canisius
Stats: 16.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 37% 3-pointers
Quick Scout: “Good sized wing, very strong, excellent rebounder for a wing. Not a consistent shooter, but will get better. Tough to guard with smaller guards.”
Schools: Seton Hall, Big East, Pac-12, AAC schools

Joel Ntambwe, 6-9, 210, F, Fr., UNLV
Stats: 11.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 39% 3-pointers
Quick Scout: “Really talented offensive player. He hit the wall towards the end of the season, but he’s a 4-man with good ball skills.”
Schools: N/A

 

OFF THE BOARD

Lamont West, 6-8, 225, PF, West Virginia
Stats: 11.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg
Quick Scout: “Good size. Best at the 4. Can really make 3’s.”
Schools: Committed to Missouri State

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