While much of the focus of the college basketball world remains on impactful freshmen, plenty of blue-blood programs have bolstered their program in the past year in other ways. Namely, transfers and graduate transfers.
They may not have the same name recognition as McDonald's All-Americans, but transfers have had plenty of impact over the last several years. That was especially on display last March when Johnny Juzang led UCLA on a surprise Final Four run after transferring from Kentucky. Even three of the top seven scorers nationally arrived from other Division I schools.
Ahead of the 2021-22 college basketball season tipping off on Nov. 9, Athlon Sports is breaking down the biggest transfers in the sport.
Top 15 Transfers
1. Marcus Carr (Minnesota to Texas)
Carr finished third in the Big Ten in scoring last season, averaging 19.4 points per game for a Minnesota team that started 9-1 with wins over Iowa and Michigan State. He'll start in Texas' backcourt and give the Longhorns a reasonable chance to win their first national title in men's basketball history.
2. Remy Martin (Arizona State to Kansas)
Martin is a high-scoring lead guard who recorded 1,754 points in four seasons at Arizona State. He is one of the reasons the Jayhawks are capable of winning what would be the 20th conference championship of Bill Self's Hall of Fame career.
3. Quincy Guerrier (Syracuse to Oregon)
Guerrier averaged 13.7 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks last season for a Syracuse team that advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. The 6'7" forward's decision to transfer to Oregon makes the Ducks candidates to win a third straight outright Pac-12 title.
4. Walker Kessler (North Carolina to Auburn)
Kessler was a five-star prospect in the Class of 2020 who got caught in a numbers game in his only season playing for North Carolina. But the 7'1" center did average 18.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 4.0 blocks in games in which he played at least 20 minutes, which suggests Kessler will be productive with proper playing time under Bruce Pearl at Auburn.
5. Timmy Allen (Utah to Texas)
Allen is a 6'6" wing who averaged 17.2 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists as a junior at Utah, where he played three seasons and averaged at least 12.2 points each year. If Chris Beard wins a Big 12 title in his first year at Texas, Allen figures to be among the biggest reasons.
6. Kellan Grady (Davidson to Kentucky)
Grady scored 2,002 points in four years at Davidson despite playing just 22 games last season. The 6'5" guard's transfer to Kentucky will provide John Calipari's program with a much-needed accomplished shooter with size who should help stretch the floor and create space for bigs and drivers.
7. Oscar Tshiebwe (West Virginia to Kentucky)
Tshiebwe's production went down in his sophomore season at West Virginia before he opted to transfer after just 10 appearances. But he's still expected to be a big contributor at Kentucky based on the fact that he was the leading scorer and rebounder for a Mountaineers team that finished 10th at KenPom two years ago.
8. Tre Mitchell (UMass to Texas)
Mitchell is a modern big who averaged 18.8 points and 7.2 rebounds last season at UMass while making 37.5 percent of the 3.1 3-pointers he attempted per game. The 6'9" junior is one of five transfers who should play a prominent role for the Longhorns in what will be their final season inside the Erwin Center.
9. Qudus Wahab (Georgetown to Maryland)
Wahab is a 6'11" native of Nigeria who averaged 12.7 points and 8.2 rebounds during his breakout sophomore season at Georgetown. He should help Maryland make the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time in a span of seven years under 11th-year coach Mark Turgeon.
10. Caleb Mills (Houston to Florida State)
Mills was the American Athletic Conference Preseason Player of the Year last season but left Houston after just four appearances and enrolled at Florida State. He'll start in Leonard Hamilton's backcourt and likely lead the Seminoles to their fifth straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
11. Garrison Brooks (North Carolina to Mississippi State)
Brooks was the ACC Preseason Player of the Year last season — but saw his production drop significantly in his final season at North Carolina, where he averaged just 10.2 points and 6.9 rebounds as a senior. He's now reunited at Mississippi State with his father, who has been on head coach Ben Howland's staff since 2011.
12. Earl Timberlake (Miami to Memphis)
Timberlake was a top-40 prospect in the Class of 2020 who was limited to just seven games at Miami because of a shoulder injury. If he's healthy enough to play to his potential, he'll be among the reasons Memphis makes the NCAA Tournament for the first time under head coach Penny Hardaway.
13. Sahvir Wheeler (Georgia to Kentucky)
Wheeler averaged 7.4 assists per game last season, which was 2.5 more assists per game than anybody else in the SEC. He's expected to start at Kentucky alongside five-star freshman TyTy Washington and Davidson transfer Kellan Grady to create one of the nation's best backcourts.
14. Justin Powell (Auburn to Tennessee)
Powell played only 10 games at Auburn before a concussion cut his season short — but he scored 26 points in two of those games and shot 44.2 percent from 3 on the season. He'll add shooting to a Tennessee roster that head coach Rick Barnes should guide to a fourth straight NCAA Tournament.
15. Boogie Ellis (Memphis to USC)
Ellis scored 23 points in the title-clinching game of Memphis' NIT run before deciding to relocate closer to home at USC. He's expected to start in Andy Enfield's backcourt and provide shooting for a program coming off of just its fourth Elite Eight appearance in history.