Top Transfers

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  1. gator_gary

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    DFS # 4, Harris not there

    ESPN ranked the top 10 transfers for this season.



    1. T.J. McConnell, Arizona Wildcats
    Transferred from: Duquesne Dukes

    Sean Miller has done a terrific job embracing the rich tradition of Arizona basketball. He has attracted consecutive elite recruiting classes, but the most important new member of the Wildcats is Duquesne transfer point guard McConnell. He can bring to Arizona many of the same intangibles that Aaron Craft brings to Miller's former boss, Thad Matta, at Ohio State.

    A terrific on-ball defender, McConnell was third in the country in steals his final season on the Bluff. The ability to pressure the ball at the point of attack is pivotal in Arizona's defensive system. McConnell is a pass-first point guard with the ability to stretch the defense. He shot 43 percent from the 3-point line, averaged over five assists a game and had a 2-to-1 assist to turnover ratio at Duquesne. He will bring stability to Arizona's offense. In 2nd was Mike Moser, which also makes sense. He'll probably play every available second in Oregon's front court which lost all of its depth from last year.





    2. Mike Moser, Oregon Ducks
    Transferred from: UNLV Rebels

    Moser was one of the most highly recruited transfers available this spring. Oregon, who has done well with transfers in the past, secured the hard-playing, athletic forward. The 6-foot-8 Moser averaged 14 points and over 10 rebounds a game as a sophomore for the Runnin' Rebels. This past season he transitioned to the small forward position and was not as effective, averaging only 7 points and 6 rebounds.

    Moser is the perfect fit for Oregon. Dana Altman's pressing defensive system and two-guard set with interchangeable pieces will suit Moser well. He will move him different places within the offense, allowing him to use his quickness against bigger defenders and once again be one of the better rebounders in college basketball. He will replace Rice transfer Arsalan Kazemi, who was one of the nation's best rebounders last season. Moser is more skilled than Kazemi, and I look for him to play off the dynamic backcourt of Damyean Dotson and Dominic Artis. ASU also has a vital addition with Jermaine Marshall at 6th. He too will be needed and could see a lot of production. All solid pick ups for the PAC. Should be another great year all around.





    3. Rodney Hood, Duke Blue Devils
    Transferred from: Mississippi State Bulldogs

    The 6-foot-8 Hood is as versatile a wing player as there is in the country. He averaged 10.3 points and 4.8 rebounds a game as a freshman at Mississippi State, and is both big enough to defend a frontcourt player and quick enough to defend on the perimeter. This will enable Duke to switch 1-to-4 on the defensive end. He should have a major impact on that side of the ball.

    Hood can put the ball on the floor as well as play in isolations. A good shooter, he can play out of ball screens as a ball handler or screener. He will be able to complement both star freshman Jabari Parker and slashing sophomore Rasheed Sulaimon.

    If Hood embraces the Duke system, he will be the attacking wing the Blue Devils have been missing.



    4. Dorian Finney-Smith, Florida Gators
    Transferred from: Virginia Tech Hokies

    Finney-Smith will play a major role for the Florida Gators this season. I expect Billy Donovan to use him at both the small forward and power forward positions. Finney-Smith has the size of a 4, the skill set of a 3 and the instincts to be an elite rebounder.

    Despite struggling shooting the ball early in his freshman season, the versatile forward still managed to average 6.3 points and 7 rebounds a game. He can be a secondary ball-handler against pressure and is an excellent passer. His length will be an asset in the Gators' full-court and half-court defensive systems. Finney-Smith will complement Patric Young, Will Yeguete and fellow transfer Damontre Harris (South Carolina).



    5. Josh Davis, San Diego State Aztecs
    Transferred from: Tulane Green Wave

    Davis was a huge signing for Steve Fisher and the Aztecs. The 6-foot-8 power forward averaged a double-double (17.6 points and 10.7 rebounds) last season for Tulane. Active and athletic, Davis is a hard-driving, relentless rebounder. He brings a blue-collar work ethic and maturity similar to former Aztec forwards Kawhi Leonard and Jamaal Franklin. Although he possesses limited range offensively, Davis gets to the basket off the bounce and plays without an ego.



    6. Jermaine Marshall, Arizona State Sun Devils
    Transferred from: Penn State Nittany Lions

    Marshall, the former Penn State guard, is a perfect fit for the Arizona State Sun Devils. He'll replace Evan Gordon, who decided to transfer to Indiana for his senior season. At 6-foot-4, Marshall will alleviate the loss of Gordon as well as gifted wing scorer Carrick Felix (the 33rd selection in the 2013 NBA draft). He brings maturity to ASU as well as someone who can score, rebound his position and pass.

    He will benefit from playing with one of the most explosive point guards in the country in Jahii Carson. Carson's ability to play off the high ball screen and in transition will free Marshall up for room and rhythm jump shots. The combination of Carson, Marshall and defensive specialist Jordan Bachynski makes the Sun Devils an upper-division team in the Pac-12.



    7. Michael Gbinije, Syracuse Orange
    Transferred from: Duke Blue Devils

    Gbinije has the potential to develop into an excellent player in Jim Boeheim's system. I put little stock in his stats during his freshman season at Duke. Gbinije used his redshirt season to develop into a versatile offensive player who can play any of the perimeter positions for the Orange. He can shoot the ball to 3-point line, has a middle game and is an excellent finisher in transition.

    At 6-foot-6, he has the size Boeheim likes at the top of his 2-3 zone defense. He will challenge Trevor Cooney for the starting shooting guard job and will add depth to the small forward position.



    8. Evan Smotrycz, Maryland Terrapins
    Transferred from: Michigan Wolverines

    Smotrycz is a 6-foot-9, pick-and-pop 4 man who shot over 43 percent from the 3-point line as a sophomore at Michigan. He will be an important piece for Mark Turgeon's Terrapins. Maryland has struggled to find consistent perimeter shooting that can stretch the defense. Jake Layman, Nick Faust and Dez Wells are all athletic and can get to the basket but have not distinguished themselves as knock-down jump shooters. Shaquille Cleare and Charles Mitchell are capable low-post players, but they need space to play. Smotrycz's ability to shoot the ball from the 3-point line will create driving lanes for the guards and space for the bigs.

    The big question mark for the Terps is their point-guard play. Will they take care of the ball, make good decisions and see plays early? If they do, Smotrycz could be the missing piece needed to propel Maryland into the NCAA tournament.



    9. Gerard Coleman, Gonzaga Bulldogs
    Transferred from: Providence Friars

    Coleman will be a dynamic addition to the Zags' perimeter game. The 6-foot-4 Providence transfer's athleticism will complement the backcourt of Kevin Pangos and Gary Bell Jr. Coleman can score (13.2 points per game) and rebounds his position, but it is most important that he brings intangibles similar to those that Mike Hart brought to the Zags last season. He must now understand he is part of something bigger than himself and buy into the Zags' culture.

    If Coleman defers to Pangos and Bell and lets the game come to him, the Zags will once again be a top-10 team with the potential to make a deep run in the NCAA tournament.



    10. DeAndre Kane, Iowa State Cyclones
    Transferred from: Marshall Thundering Herd

    Kane brings a toughness and physical presence to the Cyclones. He will do well in Fred Hoiberg's system, as Hoiberg has done a great job developing and integrating transfers at Iowa State.

    Hoiberg brings an NBA mentality to the college game. He is as creative an offensive coach as there is in the country, but has lacked a hard-nosed on-ball defender to set the tone on the defensive end. Kane gives Iowa State a point guard who defend the ball at the point of attack. The 6-foot-4, 195 pound Kane is relentless on and off the ball. He averaged almost two steals per game for Marshall last season.

    Offensively, he attacks the basket to score and make plays for his teammates, but he must improve his decision-making. Kane averaged 15.1 points, 7 assists and over 4 turnovers per game for the Herd. If he can take care of the ball and learn to play with frontcourt players Georges Niang and Melvin Ejim, the Cyclones will challenge Kansas and Oklahoma State for the Big 12 championship.
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    Further proof that the O'Dome is half empty.
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    The O'Dome is half empty because we don't have an indoor practice facility. :D
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    Haha, you guys are out of control. I love the indoor practice facility. Played there many a time
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    Or, the horror. He could be 11.
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    You could argue that Harris should be on the list before Finney-Smith. Of course this list was not put together by ESPN but Finney-Smith's ex-coach Seth Greenberg. And of course the editors probably did not want two UF players on the list.
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    All such lists are, at best questionable, however, this one does make some sense, because it calls attention to team methods.

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