Biggest winners of CBB Transfer Season There has been a record-setting 600 transfers this year. Many left in search of more playing time, some were forced out and others departed to be closer to an ailing relative. Transfers have become the new avenue of recruiting, a manner to plug holes -- whether it be immediate via a fifth-year graduate student or with someone who is likely to receive a waiver by being near home. Here are the programs that bolstered their rosters the most this offseason, followed by those that lost the most talent due to defections. 1. Virginia Tech Hokies Addition: Seth Allen (Maryland) New Hokies coach Buzz Williams picked up only one player, but it was a key one in Allen, who had a chance to be Maryland’s top player this season. He’s a combo guard who averaged 13.4 points and 3.0 assists per game despite missing the first dozen games of the season due to injury. He’ll sit and have two years left, when he’ll certainly become a big part of the rebuilding effort going on in Blacksburg. 2. Florida Gators Additions: Jon Horford (Michigan), John Egbunu (South Florida), Alex Murphy (Duke) Billy Donovan filled a major need when he added Horford for this coming season. The Gators need frontcourt depth and while the younger brother of former Gators star Al Horford put up modest numbers (3.8 points, 4.2 rebounds per game) last season at Michigan, he’ll provide veteran stability and allow talented freshman Devin Robinson to come along slower than would have been the case without Horford. Florida also added Duke transfer Murphy at the break and he’ll likely be eligible in December. The key will be whether he can get his confidence back. Florida will also bring in athletic 6-foot-10 South Florida transfer Egbunu, who will sit this season and have three years left. 3. Ohio State Buckeyes Additions: Anthony Lee (Temple), Trevor Thompson (Virginia Tech) Thad Matta and the Buckeyes picked up a frontcourt guy for now and one for later. Lee averaged 13.6 points and 8.6 rebounds last season for Temple and can play his final season immediately. Thompson is a talented, athletic 7-footer who could benefit greatly from a year of sitting out. He’ll likely sit and then have three seasons to play in Columbus. Lee could be a difference-maker and slide into the spot vacated by LaQuinton Ross. 4. Gonzaga Bulldogs Addition: Byron Wesley (USC) Mark Few and the Zags have been desperately lacking a big wing who can score. It’s the missing piece for a team that has a veteran backcourt of Kevin Pangos and Gary Bell Jr., along with enough up front with Przemek Karnowski, former Kentucky forward Kyle Wiltjer and the addition of skilled big man Domantas Sabonis. Wesley is a 6-5 wing who last season led USC in scoring (17.8 points per game) and rebounding (6.4 rebounds per game). He’ll play his final season in Spokane and could be the missing piece for the Zags -- but the big question is how he’ll mesh with the returning players. 5. Oklahoma Sooners Addition: TaShawn Thomas (Houston) The Sooners won 23 games and return everyone except power forwards Cameron Clark and Tyler Neal. Lon Kruger has guards Buddy Hield, Isaiah Cousins and Jordan Woodard back in the fold, as well as hard-playing big man Ryan Spangler. The one need is a power forward -- and that’s where Houston transfer TaShawn Thomas comes in. The question is whether he’ll be eligible this season (he is attempting to get a waiver) or next. Regardless, Thomas, who averaged 14.5 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.2 blocks last season at Houston, will be a significant factor. Remember, Hield, Cousins and Spangler will all be juniors this season and Woodard will be a sophomore, so he’ll play with those guys whether it’s this season or next. 6. Auburn Tigers Additions: Kareem Canty (Marshall), Antoine Mason (Niagara), KC Ross-Miller (New Mexico State) Bruce Pearl needs players, both now and for the future. Despite not being able to talk to recruits until mid-August, the Tigers were able to land three transfers -- including a pair of guards who will help this season. Mason is the nation’s leading returning scorer after putting up 25.6 points at Niagara while Ross-Miller can be a solid piece with one year left after averaging 8.3 points and 3.5 assists last season at New Mexico State. However, the most important pickup was Canty, who averaged 16.3 points and 5.5 assists last season for Marshall and will have three years of eligibility left after sitting this coming season. 7. Marquette Golden Eagles Addition: Matt Carlino (BYU), Luke Fischer (Indiana), Gabe Levin (Loyola Marymount) Buzz Williams added the skilled 6-11 Fischer, a Wisconsin native, in December and new coach Steve Wojciechowski added a scoring point guard guard in Carlino shortly after he came board. He also added the 6-foot-7 Levin, who averaged 11.1 points and 7.1 rebounds as a freshman at LMU, just a few days ago. Carlino should provide immediate help after averaging 13.7 points as a junior at BYU. He’s eligible to play this season while Fischer will be eligible for the second semester. Levin will sit and have three seasons to play. Look for both Carlino and Fischer to be major contributors for the Golden Eagles in Year 1 of the Wojo Era. 8. Michigan State Spartans Additions: Eron Harris (West Virginia), Bryn Forbes (Cleveland State) Tom Izzo has missed on some guys lately, and the Spartans lost a bunch of last year’s team ( Adreian Payne, Gary Harris and Keith Appling). The additions of Harris and Forbes will help. Harris is an Indianapolis native who averaged 17.2 points last season at West Virginia. He’ll sit out this season, but Forbes could get a waiver. He’s a local kid who put up 15.6 points at Cleveland State and will have two years left. Both players can score from the wing, an area the Spartans could improve upon. 9. Iowa State Cyclones Addition: Bryce Dejean-Jones (UNLV), Hallice Cooke (Oregon State) Fred Hoiberg has turned Iowa State into Transfer U -- and it’s worked so far, so how can you question the moves? The latest additions are a pair of scoring wings. Dejean-Jones is on his third stop, a major red flag. He played at USC as a freshman and at UNLV the last two seasons (two years in which the Runnin’ Rebels underachieved). Cooke can really shoot it and will sit out and have three seasons of eligibility left while Dejean-Jones will play his final season in 2014-15. 10. Creighton Bluejays Additions: Cole Huff (Nevada), Maurice Watson (Boston University), Ricky Kreklow (California) Greg McDermott lost a ton -- his son and consensus National Player of the Year, Doug, in addition to Ethan Wragge, Grant Gibbs and Jahenns Manigat. The Bluejays will take a step back this season, but have been active in the transfer market. They added two players who should help down the road. Huff is a skilled big man who averaged 12.4 points and 5.4 boards at Nevada last season while Watson thrived at Boston University, averaging 13.3 points and 7.1 assists. Kreklow has been injured for much of his career, though he’s a wing with size who can make shots when healthy. He’ll be eligible this season. 11. Manhattan Jaspers Addition: Jermaine Lawrence (Cincinnati) Steve Masiello may have had a rough offseason, but the addition of Lawrence, the talented 6-9 New York native, was huge for both him and the Jaspers. Lawrence was hurt for much of last season and wasn’t quite ready to play extended minutes, but he could be a star in the MAAC. He was considered a consensus top 25 player coming out of high school and has tremendous upside. Lawrence will try and get a waiver to play next season; however, even if he doesn’t, he’ll get stronger while sitting out and then have three seasons left. 12 (a). Georgia State Panthers Additions: Kevin Ware (Louisville), Jeremy Hollowell (Indiana), Isaiah Williams (Samford) Ron Hunter has added Ware, who is optimistic of being 100 percent healthy both mentally and physically after the broken leg in March of 2013 that captured the nation’s attention. Ware and Hollowell, who averaged 5.7 points per game as a sophomore at Indiana, should both flourish with dropping down a level, while Williams was the Southern Conference Freshman of the Year after averaging 11.9 points at Samford last season. Look for Ware to get an NCAA waiver to play this season. Hollowell and Williams will both sit.