Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Transfer Turnstyle and Commitment Craze

No matter what time of year it is, the transfer mill is always going non-stop. Here are several of the latest announcements and decisions from across the landscape:

- America East Rookie of the Year Jake O'Brien might leave Boston University for another school. He has looked at Xavier and St. Joseph's, but has also not ruled out a return to the Terriers.

- As reported by Jeff Goodman of, former Oklahoma junior forward Juan Patillo has transferred to Western Kentucky after being dismissed from the Sooners in May.

- Former Kansas State forward Ron Anderson will suit up for South Florida in 2010-2011. He should make an immediate impact in the Big East once he becomes eligible.

- Former Nebraska guard Cookie Miller has decided to head to Miami (Ohio). The Cornhuskers starter will be a solid performer for the RedHawks.

- Connecticut shooting guard Scottie Haralson has announced that he will be leaving the Huskies and playing for Tulsa. The Huskies won't miss him that much.

- Seton Hall forward Brandon Walters announced that he will be leaving the Pirates.

- Washington transfer Joe Wolfinger has decided to play for The Citadel.

- Landon Slone, a former Kentucky walk-on under Billy Gillispie, will play for Morehead State.

- Jared Carter, A.J. Stewart and Donald Williams all have announced their departure from Kentucky.

Despite the fact that the spring signing period ended May 20, there have been plenty of commitments and signings over the past couple of weeks. Here is a recap of some of the noteworthy ones:

- Will and Antonio Barton both committed to Memphis on Friday. Will is a highly-touted 2010 forward who was long thought to be headed to Kentucky, while Antonio is a solid point guard who also had offers from Syracuse and Miami.

- Former Tennessee commit Aaron Craft decided to stay closer to home and play for Ohio State. The 2010 point guard will give the Buckeyes a much-needed lift in two seasons.

- In an interesting move, 2010 point guard Kyle Fuller decided to leave the state of California and play for Vanderbilt. UCLA and Cal were also after Fuller.

- For next season, 6-4 Jaquan Parker, a former Old Dominion commit, will head to Cincinnati. He is a versatile guard who will be a solid piece for Mick Cronin and the Bearcats.

- Southern Illinois looks like it will continue to be a factor, as it picked up Jack Crowder, a top-25 JC player according to

- Josh Pastner showed his ability to recruit translated to his head coaching position, as he received a potential sleeper commitment from Martin Ngaloro, a 6-8 forward from France.

- Eric Gordon's brother, Evan, chose to play for Liberty.

- Kevin Laue, a one-handed center from Virginia, will play for Manhattan next season.

- Tevin Baskin, a player who was formerly receiving plenty of Big East interest and was getting a lot of hype in New York recruiting circles, ended up choosing Quinnipiac.

- Western Kentucky is doing an excellent job of picking up some quality players from different areas. The newest commit is Derrick Gordon, a 2011 guard from St. Patrick's in New Jersey. He is going to be an impact player in the Sun Belt in a couple of years.

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