Besides the NBA’s one-and-done rule, few trends in college basketball have changed the game quite like the explosion of transfers, graduate or otherwise.
Two of the biggest beneficiaries of transfers — Fred Hoiberg and to a lesser extent Billy Donovan — are off to NBA jobs. The transfer train, though, hasn’t stopped. A handful of teams may sink or swim with transfers.
Oregon, which may supplant Iowa State as transfer central, landed a veteran guard from Villanova. Wichita State has two transfers to complement veterans Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker. Louisville dramatically altered the outlook for its season with transfers from mid-majors. Even Tom Izzo is getting in on the transfer market with Eron Harris.
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Impact Transfers for 2015-16
G Seth Allen, Virginia Tech (from Maryland)
After winning only 20 games combined in two seasons, Virginia Tech is desperate for ACC-caliber players. Allen checks that box. He would have lost his job at Maryland to Melo Trimble last season, but Allen averaged 13.4 points and shot better than 40 percent from the field in his final season with the Terrapins.
F Ryan Anderson, Arizona (from Boston College)
With Brandon Ashley, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Stanley Johnson gone, Arizona needs an experienced forward and fast. Anderson fits that need after averaging 13.4 points and 7.5 rebounds in his three seasons at Boston College.
F Robert Carter Jr., Maryland (from Georgia Tech)
Maryland had a small lineup for most of last season, but that’s about to change for two reasons. One is the arrival of freshman center Diamond Stone. The other is Carter. The 6'9", 240-pound forward averaged 11.4 points and 8.4 rebounds for Georgia Tech in 2013-14.
G Dylan Ennis, Oregon (from Villanova)
Villanova signed freshman Jalen Brunson, so point guard minutes were going to be even tougher for Ennis to crack with the Wildcats. Instead, he transferred to Oregon, where he’ll play his natural position and lead a young Ducks backcourt. Ennis averaged 9.9 points and 3.7 rebounds for Nova, numbers that should get a boost at Oregon.
G Conner Frankamp, Wichita State (from Kansas)
Frankamp, who will be eligible in December, averaged only 2.5 points per game at Kansas, but he should flourish for Wichita State now that he’s not buried on the roster. He’ll give Gregg Marshall another outside shooter to team with Ron Baker and Evan Wessel.
G Sterling Gibbs, UConn (from Seton Hall)
Seton Hall’s locker room was fractured last season, contributing to nine losses in the last 10 games. Gibbs still averaged 16.3 points and 3.8 assists. Starting for Kevin Ollie at UConn — where point guards have long flourished — could be an ideal situation.
F Anton Grady, Wichita State (from Cleveland State)
While Frankamp adds another shooter to the Shockers’ attack, Grady gives Wichita State a standout defensive presence in the frontcourt. Grady averaged 14.3 points and 7.9 rebounds for Cleveland State in 2014-15.
G Eron Harris, Michigan State (from West Virginia)
Imagine if Harris had been eligible last season for Michigan State, a team that made the Final Four while the West Virginia transfer redshirted. Harris averaged 17.2 points and shot 42.2 percent from 3 on 211 attempts in his final season in Morgantown. He also converted 85.6 percent of free throws, a weakness for the Spartans for most of last season.
G Terry Henderson, NC State (from West Virginia)
Henderson is stepping in just in time for NC State. Departed seniors Trevor Lacey and Ralston Turner accounted for 73 percent of NC State’s 3-point field goals and 69 percent of the Wolfpack’s 3-point attempts. Henderson was 89-of-230 from the arc (38.7 percent) in two seasons at West Virginia.
F Damion Lee, Louisville (from Drexel)
Lee was arguably the best transfer available for 2015-16 after averaging 21.4 points per game at Drexel. The 6'6", 200-pound wing made at least 60 3s in each of his three full seasons with the Dragons. Lee, a senior, will provide the Cardinals with some veteran leadership.
G Trey Lewis, Louisville (from Cleveland State)
Remember Louisville’s 3-point shooting woes from a year ago? That shouldn’t be the case this season thanks to the arrival of Lee from Drexel and Lewis from Cleveland State. Lewis made 96-of-227 (42.3 percent) of his 3-pointers last season while averaging 16.3 points per game. Louisville shot 30.7 percent from 3 as a team last season.
G Tyler Lewis, Butler (from NC State)
Lewis, a McDonald’s All-American in 2012, will be looking for a fresh start at Butler. He averaged only 3.9 points per game in two seasons with NC State, but he was an efficient distributor. Lewis averaged 3.6 assists per turnover in just under 20 minutes per game at NC State in 2013-14.
F Sean Obi, Duke (from Rice)
Even if Obi doesn’t get as much attention as Duke’s star-studded freshman class, he could be a critical addition. The 6'9", 270-pound Nigerian is a rebounding machine. He averaged 9.3 boards per game as a freshman at Rice in 2013-14 and ranked second in the nation in defensive rebound rate on KenPom.com.
G Rasheed Sulaimon, Maryland (from Duke)
Sulaimon’s departure from Duke was not without controversy — he was Mike Krzyzewski’s first midseason dismissal. Sulaimon’s production slipped in each of his three seasons at Duke, so he’s looking for a fresh start. Maryland needs him to step into Dez Wells’ shoes on the defensive end.
G Mo Watson Jr., Creighton (from Boston University)
Creighton’s top two ball handlers, Austin Chatman and Devin Brooks, combined for 222 assists last season. Watson had 248 helpers alone at Boston University in 2013-14. The point guard led the Terriers to a Patriot League regular-season title, averaging 13.3 points and 7.1 assists.