If a player transfers to a different college before he’s graduates, he’ll have to sit out one entire season, before being eligible to play again. Of course, as most players transfer to get a new opportunity at a different basketball program, it’s definitely worth it in their eyes.
In other cases, if the player is already graduates, he can immediately join his new team for the upcoming season. These players were high profile transfers, and are definitely ready to step on the court for their new team this year.
Zach Hankins – Xavier Musketeers
Hankins was the NABC DII player of the year last year, and won the National Championship with Ferris State. At first, Hankins looks somewhat of an unsure factor for Xavier, as he previously played in Division II, and the fact that Ferris State was actually his only college offer he received in high school. But, that’s definitely not the case. Hankins already worked out for several NBA teams, but decided to use his last year of eligibility as a graduate student.
Carlton Bragg – New Mexico Lobos
Bragg is a high profile transfer for New Mexico, as he was once considered to be a 5-star recruit. But, as he ran into some trouble and suspensions with his previous team, he first joined the University of New Mexico without a scholarship. The Lobos allowed him to practice with the team, and if Bragg made it to the spring semester without an incident, he would get a scholarship. And he did.
Now it’s time for him to prove he was worth the trouble and that he was worth his rating. The only question is when Bragg will be allowed to play, as New Mexico was trying to get him a waiver to make the start of the season, instead of only being eligible in December.
Brandon Clarke – Gonzaga Bulldogs
Clarke is now considered to be one of the ‘Big Three’ of Gonzaga, after he transferred from San Joe State one season ago. As he had to sit out, he’s ready to play again. He definitely didn’t sit still last year as Gonzaga has an entire program for red-shirts, and he did his best to improve his shot as much as possible. That way, he would be a bigger threat for Gonzaga from the outside.
Makai Mason – Baylor Bears
Mason had a lot of injuries during his time at Yale, and he sat one entire season out due to a broken foot. As you can’t redshirt at an Ivy League school, his time there was up after four years, so he decided to use his last year of eligibility at a different school. In 2016, he showed some great potential at the NCAA Tournament, when he scored 31 points against Baylor. Now, he’ll get to prove that he can reach the same level while playing for the Baylor Bears.
Matt Mooney – Texas Tech Red Raiders
Texas Tech definitely needed new players this year, after they lost five players to the NBA draft. Mooney was a very sought after player, as he averaged 18.7 points last year with South Dakota, and he led the Big East in blocks. Furthermore, as Mooney is a graduate student, he doesn’t have to sit out a season, but is immediately eligible to play.
Joseph Chartouny – Marquette Golden Eagles
Chartouny chose Marquette over Louisville this summer, and the team was glad he did. They needed a new leader for the team, and Chartouny was the right man for the job. He’ll definitely will be a starter for the team, but he still needed some time to adjust to Marquette’s systems and style of play. It is a step up for him, but he should be a great fit on the court and academically.