Top Ten Transfers Still on the Board

By Kevin Sweeney

Preparations for the 2018-19 college basketball season are well underway, with many teams on campus taking classes and working out as they build towards a title. However, many rosters are still not finalized, with one or two scholarships still available to add a piece that could impact this season or future years. And while most of the top transfers are already off the board, there are still several top talents out there.

Here are my top ten transfers whose recruitments are still open:

#1. Geno Crandall (North Dakota)

  • Grad transfer with one year of eligibility remaining
  • Stats: 16.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.6 apg, .503/.417/.728

A late add to the grad transfer market who didn’t announce his intentions to depart North Dakota until June, Crandall immediately became the best player on the board. A guard with good size who can play either the 1 or the 2 and score at all 3 levels, the Minnesota native would be a plug-and-play starter for nearly every team in the country. He’s efficient, shoots the 3 extremely well, and also defends at a high level. Crandall is reportedly considering Xavier, Gonzaga, Minnesota, Colorado State, and New Mexico State and would be a season-changing pickup for any of those programs.

Update 7/5: Crandall has announced his commitment to Gonzaga.

#2. Ehab Amin (Texas A&M-CC)

  • Grad transfer with one year of eligibility remaining
  • Stats (2016-17): 16.9 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 2.9 apg, .462/.289/.716, 3.4 spg

Amin originally committed to Eric Musselman and Nevada, but chose to decommit once the Martin twins returned to school for their senior seasons. Now, he has taken visits to Rutgers, Boston College, and Oregon in addition to the visit he took to Wichita State before signing with Nevada. When healthy, Amin is a dynamic two-way player, a defensive catalyst who led the country in steals as a junior and a creative offensive player proficient at getting to the rim. However, there may be some lingering effects of the hip injury that costed Amin his 2017-18 season that may hamper his effectiveness in his senior campaign.

UPDATE (6/29): Amin has committed to Oregon, per his Twitter page.

#3. Zane Martin (Towson)

  • Sit 1, play 2
  • Stats: 19.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.7 apg, .458/.380/.696

One of the biggest breakout stars in college basketball this season, Martin elected to leave Towson for greener pastures this offseason. His ascension began with several massive performances during his team’s international trip to Canada this past summer, and that strong play continued into the 2017-18 season. That big season earned him a spot on the All-CAA Second Team and interest from college basketball’s elite.

Despite earning official visits, it appears that Maryland and Ole Miss are no longer in contention for Martin.

#4. Demontrae Jefferson (Texas Southern)

  • Sit 1, play 2
  • Stats: 23.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 4.6 apg, .420/.394/.823

The newest high-profile addition to the transfer market, Jefferson departs Texas Southern in the wake of his head coach Mike Davis heading to Detroit. A dynamic lead guard despite standing just 5-7, Jefferson never backs down from a challenge. He opened the season by playing in 40 or more minutes in 4 straight games, and consistently gave Texas Southern a fighting change against higher-level competition. It will be extremely interesting to see where Jefferson lands to complete his college career, as he is one of the most fun players to watch in the entire country.

#5. Bryson Williams (Fresno State)

  • Sit 1, play 2
  • Stats: 13.8 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.2 apg, .596/.250/.602

Williams’ recruitment has been long, but there hasn’t been much information about where he’ll land. He has taken visits to UTEP, Arizona, and Oregon, and new Fresno State head coach Justin Hutson is still working to convince Williams to return for his junior and senior seasons. On the floor, Williams is a strong, 6-8 forward with excellent skill in the post who could use a potential redshirt year to develop as a shooter. However, a return to Fresno State would form an outstanding pick-and-roll pairing in Williams and Deshon Taylor.

#6. Stone Gettings (Cornell)

  • Sit 1***, play 1
  • Stats: 16.7 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 2.9 apg, .487/.368/.825

Gettings is a non-traditional graduate transfer. He announced earlier this offseason his intent to sit out the 2018-19 season at Cornell to finish his degree, then graduate and transfer for his final season of eligibility. The timetable for a commitment is unclear, but given the historical precedent that former Ivy Leaguers Evan Boudreaux and Makai Mason have set, it seems like Gettings will commit at some point this summer. A native of Malibu, CA, Gettings is a unique big man with excellent passing ability and a smooth jumper. He’d be a solid piece for a high-major in his final season of college basketball.

#7. Justin Roberts (DePaul)

  • Sit 1, play 3
  • Stats: 4.3 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 2.1 apg, .383/.324/.714

Roberts showed promise during his freshman campaign at DePaul, but elected to transfer for the rest of his college career. DePaul fans clamored for more playing time for Roberts throughout the season, but Dave Leitao consistently lamented some “freshman mistakes” and kept his youngster on the bench. I’m a big believer in Roberts’ upside, and believe he’d be a steal for a lot of programs at this point in the process.

#8. Adonis De La Rosa (Kent State)

  • Grad transfer with one year of eligibility remaining
  • Stats: 11.8 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.0 apg, .564/.000/.785

De La Rosa’s journey through the college basketball world will take one final twist, as the 7-footer who began his career at St. John’s before transferring to a junior college and resurfacing at Kent State will use the grad transfer option. He’s a polarizing prospect, a turnover-prone true big man who will be 24 years of age before the 2018 season gets underway and is coming off a torn ACL, but his ability to score in bunches in the post is valuable. Given that a school would get De La Rosa’s scholarship back for 2019 anyway, he seems well worth the gamble as the piece that could put a team over the top.

Update 7/2: De La Rosa has signed with Illinois, per multiple media reports.

#9. Schadrac Casimir (Iona)

  • Grad transfer with one year of eligibility remaining
  • Stats: 10.4 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 2.0 apg, .442/.458/.823

Casimir is the perfect piece to add to your rotation. While several hip surgeries have diminished him into almost entirely a spot-up shooter, Casimir is an elite catch-and-shoot guy and a winner. Those around the Iona program have raved about him since the first day he arrived on campus, and the diminutive guard has been a part of 3 NCAA Tournament teams. Reportedly considering Arizona State, Rutgers, FGCU, and Southern Utah, Casimir visited Florida Gulf Coast 2 weeks ago. I’m sure almost any team would gladly welcome a guy who shot 46% from 3 and has made the NCAA Tournament 3 years in a row into their program.

UPDATE 7/1: Casimir has committed to Florida Gulf Coast, per multiple media reports.

#10. Najja Hunter (Rice)

  • Sit 1, play 3
  • Stats: 6.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.1 apg, .433/.310/.590

Hunter’s numbers from his rookie campaign don’t jump out at you, but a closer look makes me think he could be the steal of this year’s transfer class. A well-regarded prospect coming out of St. Benedict’s Prep in NJ, Hunter exploded onto the scene late in the season, averaging more than 19 points and 5 rebounds per game over his final four games. A wing with excellent size and scoring ability, Hunter could be a all-conference player at his next stop with an added year of development.

Other names to watch: Jonah Antonio (Mount St Mary’s), Josh Ayeni (St Bonaventure), Pedro Bradshaw (Eastern Kentucky), Jeremy Combs (LSU), John Dewey III (Sam Houston State), Tyrik Dixon (MTSU), Greg Eboigbodin (Illinois), Troy Holston Jr (South Florida), Jermaine Jackson Jr (Detroit), Antwain Johnson (MTSU), Mustafa Lawrence (Missouri State), Tyler Maye (VCU), Jalyn Patterson (LSU), Marcell Pettway (Nevada), Isaiah Ross (UMKC), Matz Stockman (Minnesota), Quatarrius Wilson (McNeese State).

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