Sunday, we took a look at 15 outgoing transfers who will be missed by their teams next season. Today, we'll look at 16 incoming transfers – a Sweet 16, as it were – who will be expected to play key roles for their teams in 2012-13.
Numerous teams received big impacts from transfers this past season, among them Iowa State with Royce White, Mississippi State with Arnett Moultrie, Colorado with Carlon Brown, Middle Tennessee with LaRon Dendy, UNLV with Mike Moser, Texas A&M with Elston Turner, LSU with Justin Hamilton and Baylor with Brady Heslip.
If any of these 16 makes those kind of impacts, their new coaches will be quite pleased.
The players are listed alphabetically.
G Malcolm Armstead
The move: From Oregon to Wichita State
Buzz: Wichita State is losing starting Gs Toure Murry and Joe Ragland, and Armstead should move into the starting lineup for a team losing its top five scorers. Armstead averaged 4.3 assists in his two seasons with the Ducks. He also is a pesky on-the-ball defender.
C Freddy Asprilla
The move: From Kansas State to Canisius
Buzz: The well-traveled Asprilla – Canisius will be his fifth stop since finishing high school – should thrive in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, whose teams, as a whole, lack size. Asprilla (6 feet 10/280 pounds) isn't overly athletic, but he is strong, understands his limitations offensively and is a solid rebounder. Asprilla is a native of Colombia who went to high school in North Carolina. He began his college career at FIU, moved to crosstown Miami-Dade CC, transferred to a Kansas junior college, signed with K-State out of junior college and will finish at Canisius. He will be one of seven foreign-born players on the Golden Griffins' roster next season.
G Keion Bell
The move: From Pepperdine to Missouri
Buzz: He is one of three Missouri newcomers on this list. Bell was extremely productive in his three seasons with the Waves; he led them in scoring in 2010-11 (18.9 ppg) and averaged 16.4 points in his three seasons in Malibu. But he's also a high-volume shooter who is going to have to curb those tendencies somewhat. Bell ended up at Mizzou after being dismissed at Pepperdine 20 games into his junior season for conduct detrimental to the team. Mizzou lost a ton of talent, though, and Bell is expected to be a key part of the 2012-13 team.
G Rotnei Clarke
The move: From Arkansas to Butler
Buzz: Clarke was a key player at Arkansas in each of his first three seasons. He is, first and foremost, a 3-point shooter; almost 70 percent of his field goal attempts at Arkansas (595 of 868) came from beyond the arc. Butler lacked a consistent outside threat this past season, but that won't be the case next season. Clarke hit 42.2 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc in three seasons with the Hogs.
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F/G Will Clyburn
The move: From Utah to Iowa State
Buzz: Clyburn was one of the better players on the West Coast in 2010-11, when he averaged 17.4 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.1 steals for the Utes after transferring in from a junior college. Iowa State got big production from a handful of transfers this past season, and coach Fred Hoiberg will be hoping for more of the same next season. Clyburn has a good chance of leading Iowa State in scoring.
G Larry Drew
The move: From North Carolina to UCLA
Buzz: Drew's production at UNC never matched his high school hype, and it will be interesting to see if he can sublimate his ego and be a needed distributor with the Bruins, who should begin next season in the top 10. Drew is a good passer and an OK defender, but his offensive skills aren't much. Again, though, he won't need to shoot the ball next season.
G Evan Gordon
The move: From Liberty to Arizona State
Buzz: There are a lot of similarities between Gordon and Duke G Seth Curry. First, both transferred from Liberty. Second, both have older brothers who were first-round picks in the NBA draft – Stephen Curry (from Davidson) and Eric Gordon (Indiana). Gordon isn't as good as Eric and doesn't have the potential possessed by his eighth-grade brother, Eron, but he can score and should help an Arizona State squad bereft of talent.
F/G Luke Hancock
The move: From George Mason to Louisville
Buzz: Hancock is a solid all-around player who would've been one of the best players in the Colonial Athletic Association had he stayed at Mason. In the Big East, he should be an important complementary player for a Louisville team that has legitimate national title aspirations. Hancock has a nice outside shot and is a good passer.
G Ryan Harrow
The move: From North Carolina State to Kentucky
Buzz: Harrow, a former five-star recruit, had an inconsistent freshman season with the Wolfpack in 2010-11 before deciding to transfer to Kentucky. With NCSU, he showed good quickness and athleticism, but he was too passive at times and lacked physicality. He is expected to start at point guard for the Wildcats next season, but he will need to up his game to be able to keep up with his new teammates.
G Desmar Jackson
The move: From Wyoming to Southern Illinois
Buzz: Jackson was Wyoming's leading scorer (14.6 ppg) and second-leading rebounder (4.9 rpg) as a sophomore in 2010-11. He should provide an infusion of athleticism for SIU, a program that has fallen a long way in a relatively short time. He was far too in love with his 3-point shot as a sophomore and is better off as a slasher.
G Korie Lucious
The move: From Michigan State to Iowa State
Buzz: Lucious moved on to Iowa State after he was dismissed from Michigan State in January 2011. He is a former four-star recruit who was an OK distributor but a poor shooter with the Spartans. He shot 37.7 percent from the field as a freshman – and his shooting percentage went down from there. If he concentrates on his distributor duties with the Cyclones, he should be fine. He is the second former Spartans guard to transfer to Iowa State with one season of eligibility left in as many seasons; Chris Allen finished up as a Cyclone this past season.
C/F Aaric Murray
The move: From La Salle to West Virginia
Buzz: Murray is a former top-50 recruit who led La Salle in scoring (15.2 ppg), rebounds (7.7 rpg) and blocks (2.3 bpg) as a sophomore in 2011-12. He'll need to be more physical to put up those types of numbers in the Big East, but there is no doubt that he fits nicely on a WVU team seeking talented big men. Murray's defensive prowess should appeal to Bob Huggins.
C/F Alex Oriakhi
The move: From Connecticut to Missouri
Buzz: Oriakhi had a disappointing junior season at UConn, averaging 6.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.3 blocks. He will be eligible immediately at Missouri because of UConn's 2013 postseason ban. While he is not gifted offensively, he will give the Tigers an experienced big man who can hit the boards and provide a defensive presence.
C DaShonte Riley
The move: Syracuse to Eastern Michigan
Buzz: Riley is from Detroit, so he followed Orange assistant Rob Murphy "home" when Murphy left Syracuse for EMU after the 2010-11 season (EMU is in Ypsilanti, which is about 20 minutes from the outskirts of Detroit). Riley is a 7-footer who should be one of the best big men in the MAC.
G Earnest Ross
The move: From Auburn to Missouri
Buzz: He's yet another transfer who should boost Mizzou. When he left Auburn, he was transferring to a Big 12 school. Now, though, Ross will be back in the SEC and going against the same teams he saw at Auburn – and that should be good news for Mizzou fans, considering Ross led the Tigers in scoring (13.1 ppg) and rebounds (6.6 rpg) as a sophomore in 2010-11. Ross is physical and athletic, but he was a poor shooter at Auburn, hitting just 36.3 percent of his field goal attempts and 29.9 percent of his 3-pointers in two seasons.
G Juwan Staten
The move: From Dayton to West Virginia
Buzz: WVU needs a point guard, and Staten, a former four-star recruit, should fill that hole. Staten had all sorts of trouble shooting the ball as a freshman at Dayton in 2010-11 (38.8 percent from the floor, including a oh-my-hide-your-eyes 15.4 percent from 3-point range), but he did average 5.4 assists and had a 2.1-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.
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