Transfers are the fad, the new-age tool to recruit. I compile the transfer list each offseason, and have done it for the past seven or eight years. It went from a few phone calls the first year or two to the point where I get hounded all season for an early edition of the list.
There are traditional transfers, those who leave and sit out a season at their next destination. There are those who head closer to home and gain immediately eligibility due to an ailing family member. And then there are the fifth-year transfers, players who can also play right away if they have graduated and have a year of eligibility remaining.
Everyone is looking for the next DeAndre Kane, who was a difference-maker for Fred Hoiberg and the Iowa State Cyclones after spending his first four seasons at Marshall. UConn has earned a spot in the Final Four with the help of George Washington transfer Lasan Kromah. Arizona had traditional transfer T.J. McConnell running the Wildcats all the way to the Elite Eight, and much of Dayton’s postseason success was triggered by Ohio State transfer Jordan Sibert.
We’ve already got in excess of 100 transfers since January, which adds to the 60 or so players who were on our midseason transfer list.
But who is most likely to have an outsized impact for their new program? Below are the top dozen guys who have already decided to play elsewhere next season.