Key improvements from top transfers

Rodney Hood is averaging 16.9 points and 4.5 rebounds per game for the Blue Devils. Lance King/Getty Images

There are millions of reasons why players transfer each season. Whether it's playing time, distance from home, philosophical differences with the coach or just getting a fresh start in a new program, it happens with regularity.

When a player does transfer and has to sit out the season mandated by the NCAA, what does he do to improve his game so that he can make an impact on his new team? And when that player is stepping up a level in competition, how do his skills translate?

Here are six standout transfers who not only used last season to greatly improve, but also have made their respective teams stronger in the process.

Rodney Hood, Duke Blue Devils

Previous team: Mississippi State Bulldogs

Key improvement: Becoming a go-to scorer