Here are 5 guys who will play this year that transferred 2 years ago, sat out last year, and now have the opportunity to play on a bigger stage...We all know about Josh Smith and Rodney Hood, but lets take a look at some underrated transfers
1) Jordan Clarkson, 6'5'' 193, rsJR, Missouri
The long-armed wing lit up the scoreboard in his two seasons at Tulsa. As a sophomore he averaged 16.5 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.5 apg, and shot 37.4% from deep. With the graduation of Keion Bell, Clarkson will join fellow transfers Earnest Ross and Jabari Brown from a season ago to create a very deadly set of wings for the Tigers. Mizzou
2) Rayvonte Rice, 6'4'' 235, rsJR, Illinois
Rice, who is built more like a defensive end than a shooting guard, can really bully other guards. He knows how to use his size to his advantage and his deceptively athletic. Coach John Groce said that Rice is down from 12.7% body fat to 6.1% body fat and had "the best sitout year of any transfer in 19 years". He averaged 16.8 ppg and 5.8 rpg at Drake in '11-'12. The Illini have a deep backcourt but Rice should help ease the loss of Brandon Paul
3) Gerard Coleman, 6'4'' 180, rsJR, Gonzaga
The former Providence slasher needs to work on his outside shooting but boy can he get to the rim. Coleman's strength is definitely using his length and aggressiveness to get to the rim. Although he averaged over 13 ppg at Providence 2 years ago, he still shot under 24% from behind the arc. Coleman has proven he's a willing rebounder and will pair with Pangos and Bell quite nicely out in Spokane.
4) Damontre Harris, 6'10'' 228, rsJR, Florida
Harris is a shot-blocking monster having averaged 2.3 per game as a sophomore at South Carolina. He might be raw offensively but still managed to average over 5 points per game for the Gamecocks. Despite some off the court issues this summer, Harris should provide the Gators with a shot-blocking presence they have lacked in quite a few seasons
5) Evan Smotrycz, 6'8'' 230, rsJR, Maryland
Smotrycz may not blow you away with his athleticism but he brings experience and toughness to a Maryland team that lost its best player last year. Smotrycz will join Shaq Cleare, Jake Layman and Dez Wells to form a relatively formidable frontline in a much-improved ACC. The Michigan transfer averaged 7.7 ppg 2 seasons ago before realizing he wasn't going to get any minutes behind McGary and GR3. Expect him to play his workman-style game and clean up misses underneath.
This would be a homer pick but I'm loving the addition of Michael Dixon Jr. to Memphis. It essentially gives them the deepest backcourt in the country with four legit Sr. guards.
Not sure how you could leave TJ Mcconnell off that list. He's a perfect fit for that UA team.
I listed 5 players...I couldn't name every transfer...
Homer pick lol but Roscoe Smith for UNLV
York will take TJ's spot. Gabe has allot to prove. But I pick Ry Harrow (Just Joking) or Michael Dixon. Dixon will be huge for them
Gabe York does have a lot to prove but 1) He's not a PG and 2) no way is he taking Tj's spot. Tj's a true pass first point York is a 2 guard. But i hope York does come out and ball this year he has the ability. Plus, it would really put the Cats in contention for a NAtional title.
Tarik Black - Was the missing piece to Kansas' lineup, bringing more experience and a day 1 starter to the Jayhawks. Joel Embiid is talented, but extremely raw and probably not ready to start for a top 5 team in a major conference. Black brings a huge 260 lb frame, experience, and a solid team oriented game to the table to split time with Embiid as he learns to play at a higher level.
Trust me you won't like him as much as you think.
Dorian Finney-Smith Florida