Sunday, September 24, 2006

Impact Transfers


Transfers are often overlooked when analyzing a team's prospects for the upcoming season. Everyone notices the new freshman recruits, but some people forget about the transfers that had to sit out a season. However, transfers often have more of an immediate impact than freshmen as a result of the experience that they have. This season, there is an abundance of talented transfers ready to make people remember them.

For more on this topic, check out this offseason
article I wrote on transfers.

J.R. Giddens, G/F, New Mexico (from Kansas): Disappointment at Kansas; is extremely athletic and can get hot from behind the arc.
Drew Lavender, G, Xavier (from Oklahoma): Diminutive point guard proves stability for the Atlantic-10 favorites. Will start immediately.
Aaron Johnson, F, New Mexico (from Penn State): Will be the go-to-guy on the interior for the Lobos. Led Big Ten in rebounding.
Mike Cook, G, Pittsburgh (from East Carolina): The Panthers get a scoring wing who loves to get into the lane with his size and strength.
Toney Douglas, G, Florida State (from Auburn): Leonard Hamilton is lucky to have his services. Scoring guard will do-it-all for the Seminoles.
Gary Forbes, G/F, Massachusetts (from Virginia): He is an outstanding scorer who can fill it up from both inside and outside the arc.
Dameon Mason, G/F, LSU (from Marquette): Very athletic wing who is at his best when going to the basket for easy finishes in the open floor.
Gary Ervin, G, Arkansas (from Mississippi State): One of the fastest players in the country with the ball in his hands. Will be interesting fit.
Justin Cerasoli, G, Mississippi (from Seton Hall): Showed flashes of potential during his days with the Pirates. Could have a break-out year.
Cheyenne Moore, G/F, George Washington (from Clemson): Outstanding athlete who can finish with the best of them in transition.
Micah Downs, G/F, Gonzaga (from Kansas): Disappointed at Kansas. Very good shooter and scorer who could put up big numbers in the WCC.
Dion Dowell, F, Houston (from Texas): Athletic swingman who is a very good defender. Will be a huge help for the Cougars in the frontcourt.
Kevin Kruger, G, UNLV (from Arizona State): Took advantage of new transfer rule to play for his dad. Excellent shooter who has great stamina.
Trent Meachem, G, Illinois (from Dayton): Excellent outside shooter will contribute at the point, giving Illini another solid all-around player.
Justin Hawkins, G/F (from Utah); Martin Iti, C (from Charlotte); Fred Peete, G (from Kansas State), New Mexico State: Trio of immediate contributors for the Aggies.

Junior College Transfers

Sonny Weems, F, Arkansas: Big-time scorer and excellent defender will start right away on the wing.

Hernol Hall, C, Cincinnati: Gives Bearcats post player who can score both inside and outside.
Blake Young, G, Kansas State: Excellent shooter with good strength could start immediately.
Carlos Williams, G, Charlotte: Top-ranked JC point guard will give 49ers passer they've been looking for.
Avery Patterson, G, St. John's: Will provide Red Storm with three-point shooting they lacked a year ago.
Roy Bright, F, Delaware State: Former Cincinnati recruit will form outstanding forward duo with Jahshaa Bluntt.
Lance Stemler/Mike White, F, Indiana: Pair of forwards provide contrasting styles, but will fight for starting job.
Othello Hunter, F, Ohio State: Will have opportunity to put up solid numbers starting next to Greg Oden.
Jerome Habel, C, San Diego State: Replacement for Marcus Slaughter was one of the top big men in the JC ranks.
Charles Burgess, G, Texas Tech: Will join Martin Zeno and Jarrius Jackson in one of the top backcourts in the country.


  1. patrick ewing jr. might be a solid player for the hoyas

  2. Takais Brown was definitely in consideration for one of the top 10 spots--he was probably the 11th guy on the list and, looking back, I should have included him.

    And for the other one, I have Patrick Ewing Jr. on the article that I linked to at the beginning.

  3. Thanks Jeff, just wanted to make sure that nobody forgets about us (UGA).

  4. You'll see them in my sleepers article as well. I also put them in my "best backcourts" article. Their perimeter depth is tremendous.

  5. Just wanted to say that Martin Iti is complete garbage. Couldn't perform in Charlotte with a great forward like WIther's next to him. Listened to many 49er games where he would F-Up repeatedly.

  6. Creighton's Ty Morrison -

    Immediate impact for a team predicted to go far this year. He was Hoopmaster's #1 Juco player this year.

  7. You for got about J.P. Prince Transfer form Arizona to Tennessee.

    And Marques Johnson Transfer to N.C. State from Tennessee.