Top impact transfers, remaining targets
June, 24, 2013
By Jeff Goodman | ESPN.com
Joe Murphy/Getty ImagesTarik Black will give Kansas a much-needed post presence.It's the offseason in college basketball, and that means it's also transfer season. I've compiled the Transfer Bible for the past half-dozen years or so, and now I’m bringing it to ESPN.com.
Has transferring become an epidemic? No. The numbers have continued to grow over the years, and it’s 450 strong since the start of April, but that's little more than one transfer per team, and many are simply guys moving to smaller programs in the search for playing time. But while many of the names will be anonymous to you, there are plenty who will play prominent roles -- both this season and next.
So here’s the Transfer Primer, where we’ve broken down the top transfers playing this season, the top targets still available and the best players who will be sitting out this season and making waves next season.
These players are expected to take advantage of the graduate transfer rule -- which essentially means that a player who has completed his undergraduate work and has a year of eligibility left can transfer and play immediately as long as he pursues an advanced degree at his next destination.
1. Tarik Black
Zuma Press/Icon SMIMike Moser struggled last season for UNLV.
Old school: Memphis Tigers
New school: Kansas Jayhawks
He was overrated coming out of high school and was somewhat disappointing in his three seasons at Memphis, but there are few coaches who get more out of their big men than Bill Self. The Jayhawks lost Jeff Withey and desperately need a veteran up front. Will Black be a double-double guy? Probably not. But he averaged nearly five boards per game a season ago in a little more than 20 minutes per contest -- and Self desperately needs someone to fill the void until talented freshman big man Joel Embiid is ready.
2. Josh Davis
Old school: Tulane Green Wave
New school: San Diego State Aztecs
He’s the spitting image of Kawhi Leonard -- a long forward who is active on both ends of the court, especially on the glass. We’ll call him a poor man’s Kawhi, though, because Leonard was a monster in the Mountain West. Davis, a lefty, chose the Aztecs over Gonzaga, and he’ll give Steve Fisher a much-needed front-line guy who averaged 17.6 points and 10.7 boards per game. San Diego State loses Jamaal Franklin and Chase Tapley, so someone is going to have to fill the scoring void. Davis will certainly help.