Eron Harris, Sean Obi, Ryan Anderson lead top available transfers
The college basketball transfer market is not exactly the equivalent of free agency. But given the volume of players switching uniforms in the offseason – and the wide disparity of talent available, from end-of-benchers to impact performers – it comes close.
Some players who were prime catches already discovered new homes, such as Anthony Lee (Temple to Ohio State), Bryce Dejean-Jones (UNLV to Iowa State) and Tyler Lewis (N.C. State to Butler). Restricting the discussion to who remains available, here's a look at 10 top players (in alphabetical order) seeking a new home this spring and summer:
Former team: Boston College
Anderson is a curious case, if only because he plans to sit out 2014-15 after shoulder surgery He averaged 14.3 points last season, but his rebounding numbers are more meaningful -- he averaged 7.4, 8.0, and 7.3 boards per game in his three seasons at Boston College. Good and willing rebounders with experience are hard to find.
Kareem Canty, G
Former team: Marshall
A floor general waiting for a new program. The 6-foot-1 Canty averaged 16.3 points and 5.5 assists in his one season for the Thundering Herd, so he should be able to mature and run the show for just about anyone. He must improve his shooting (37.3 percent) and cut down on turnovers (3.7 per game).
Matt Carlino, G
Former team: BYU
Carlino is going for the most stamps on his college hoops passport, starting at UCLA before transferring midway through his freshman year to BYU for three seasons. His shot selection has been a running issue – Carlino shot 38.5 percent in 2013-14 – but a veteran point guard who averaged 13.7 points and 4.3 assists and who is instantly eligible will find a good home.
Eron Harris, G
Former team: West Virginia
Harris is probably the most accomplished talent available. He averaged 17.2 points and 3.5 rebounds per game as a sophomore. Though he shot a so-so 43.8 percent from the floor, the 6-3 guard's production – and the two years of eligibility he has left to smooth out any rough edges – makes Harris a fortune-changing addition for whatever team lands him.
Former team: Jacksonville
Haywood is under the radar but could offer some long-term benefits for a new team in search of efficient, productive backcourt help. He'll have two seasons of eligibility left after averaging 16.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists for Jacksonville while shooting 50.9 percent. At 6-foot-4, he won't be undersized at a higher level, so his all-around game shouldn't suffer.
Former team: Indiana
At first glance, the 6-8 forward looks like another bit player who wanted a bigger bite elsewhere, sensing his chance wouldn't come at Indiana. He averaged just 5.7 points as a sophomore for the Hoosiers. But Hollowell was also the No. 41 recruit nationally in the Class of 2012. Can another program mine that talent and get a top performer for two more years?
Cole Huff, F
Former team: Nevada
Huff was an emerging star as a sophomore, and Nevada reacted to his transfer by barring him from switching to a Pac-12, Mountain West or West Coast conference school. The school he chooses will get a 6-8 small forward who averaged 12.4 points and 5.4 rebounds and can stretch the floor, having led Nevada with 40.3 percent efficiency from three-point range in 2013-14.
Former team: Purdue
The 6-foot point guard started 59 of 66 games he appeared in over two seasons with the Boilermakers, making him a well-seasoned floor leader. Presumably Johnson will find a spot that he thinks suits him better -- "The system that they played didn't fit me very well," he told the Indianapolis Star -- but it's on Johnson to become a more efficient producer. He averaged 10.8 points and 3.7 assists per game but shot 41.8 percent from the floor, 30.4 percent from three-point range and 66.7 percent from the free throw stripe.
Sean Obi, F
Former team: Rice
It' no shock that Duke is reportedly among Obi's suitors. He is a 6-9, 265-pound force that just finished a freshman year in which he averaged 11.4 points and 9.3 rebounds and shot 59.1 percent from the floor. If Obi continues that trajectory, he might not use all three remaining seasons at his next stop, but he's an impact addition for one or two more years.
M.J. Rhett, F
Former team: Tennessee State
The 6-8, 235-pound forward broke out in his third season to become a near double-double machine, averaging 10.9 points and 9.1 rebounds. This after averaging 3.9 and 5.3 points in his first two years, respectively. And now he'll break off the Tigers' roster to offer efficient offense and help on the glass as a graduate transfer.[si_video id="video_FF84FE09-992A-0CF1-4B2C-402415D4D8F2" height="500"]