Ranking the 15 transfers who will make the biggest impact this season

Jeff Eisenberg
Ranking the 15 transfers who will make the biggest impact this season

Our 2014-15 season preview continues with a look at transfers most likely to make an immediate impact next season. Check back every morning for the next five weeks for more college hoops preview content.

1. Trevor Lacey, G, NC State (From Alabama)

NC State players and coaches have insisted they intend to collectively replace ACC player of the year T.J. Warren's 24.9 points per game, but the truth is the burden will probably fall heaviest on one player's shoulders. Those belong to Lacey, the 6-foot-3 junior who will be counted on to evolve into a young team's go-to threat over the course of the season. The good news is Lacey is both talented enough and hard working enough to handle that responsibility. The former prized recruit started every game for Alabama as a sophomore, averaging 11.3 points and 3.2 assists and shooting 37.3 percent from behind the arc.

More from Yahoo Sports' 2014-15 Season Preview:

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Oct. 6Preseason Top 25 with best-case and worst-case scenarios
Oct. 7: WCC Preview: Newcomers may tighten Gonzaga's grip on the league
Oct. 8: To become a more well-rounded player, Kyle Wiltjer changed his body and his game
• Oct. 9: Ranking the 15 transfers who will make the biggest impact

2. Bryce Dejean-Jones, G, Iowa State (From UNLV)

Of all the transfers Fred Hoiberg has landed since returning to Iowa State, Dejean-Jones may be the most high-risk, high-reward. He led UNLV in scoring last season at 13.6 points per game, but the combination of Iowa State's freewheeling system and his tendency to take ill-advised shots at an alarming rate has the potential to be problematic. Assuming Hoiberg can get Dejean-Jones to play within the system, the 6-foot-6 shooting guard has the potential to help replace much of the perimeter production lost when Deandre Kane graduated. Dejean-Jones can score off the dribble or via a streaky jump shot.

3. Anthony Lee, F, Ohio State (From Temple)

Neither of Ohio State's returning big man managed to even score a point in a season-ending NCAA tournament loss to Dayton last March, so the Buckeyes definitely entered the offseason knowing they needed to bolster their frontcourt. They did so quickly too, outdueling the likes of Louisville, Indiana and Iowa State to land Lee after the 6-foot-9 forward decided he didn't want to spend his final collegiate season at Temple. A quick, versatile forward, Lee is an inside-outside scoring threat who will also deliver some badly needed help on the glass. He averaged 13.6 points and 8.6 rebounds at Temple last season while shooting nearly 50 percent from the field.

4. Angel Rodriguez, G, Miami (From Kansas State)

Assuming lingering knee and wrist injuries don't hamper him this season, Rodriguez should serve as the offensive and defensive catalyst for a guard-oriented Miami team. The former second-team all-Big-12 selection at Kansas State averaged 11.4 points and 5.2 assists in his final season with the Wildcats, excelling as an on-ball defender and leading the team in 3-pointers, assists and steals. Rodriguez is part of a talented backcourt that could propel Miami into NCAA tournament contention this season. Manu Lecompte will either back up Rodriguez or start alongside him, while wings Deandre Burnett, Ja’Quan Newton and Sheldon McClellan are each gifted scorers.

5. Kyle Wiltjer, F, Gonzaga (From Kentucky)

The version of Wilter who starts for Gonzaga this year ought to be more well-rounded than the player who left Kentucky 15 months ago. No longer is Wiltjer content to be a spot-up shooter who is neither strong enough to hold position in the paint nor quick enough to defend his position on the perimeter. A year of eating healthier, doing yoga and working in the weight room has Wiltjer confident that he'll be able to shed the label of defensive liability and exploit mismatches against smaller defenders in the paint. If so, that would be great news for a deep, talented Gonzaga team with Final Four aspirations this season.

6. Rodney Purvis, G, UConn (From NC State)

Since Purvis performed so well on UConn's scout team while sitting out last season, Huskies coach Kevin Ollie began referring to the 6-foot-3 former McDonald's All-American as  "a Ferrari sitting in the garage that I can't drive." Expect Ollie to get plenty of mileage out of Purvis this season as UConn tries to defend its national championship. Though Purvis started 23 games at NC State as a freshman and averaged 8.3 points per game, he felt he could have accomplished so much more in an offense that offered him more opportunities to create off the dribble. He and fellow guards Ryan Boatright and Daniel Hamilton should have plenty of chances at UConn as the Huskies try to replace All-American Shabazz Napier.

7. Cody Doolin, G UNLV (From San Francisco)

Though Dave Rice has recruited a bevy of highly rated wings and big men during his UNLV tenure, the one thing his past few Rebels teams have lacked is a pass-first point guard with the unselfishness and leadership skills to bring out the best in his talented teammates. That will change this year thanks to the addition of Doolin, a pure point guard who averaged 13 points and 7 assists for San Francisco last season before leaving the program in December. Doolin's arrival is well-timed for a UNLV program that lost all five starters from last year's disappointing season and will likely start three talented but inexperienced freshmen. The senior point guard's work ethic and vocal leadership should serve that group well.

8. Byron Wesley, G, Gonzaga (From USC)

The addition of USC's leading scorer is huge for Gonzaga because the 6-foot-5 senior potentially shores up a traditional area of weakness for the Zags. Mark Few has developed many skilled big men and quality guards, but Gonzaga has often lacked a small forward with high-major athleticism who is capable of both creating his own shot on offense and defending his position Put Wesley into a Gonzaga backcourt that already includes three-year starters Kevin Pangosand Gary Bell, and the Zags now have a sweet-shooting senior point guard and two wings who can sink open shots, attack the rim and defend opposing perimeter threats. Wesley, who averaged a team-high 17.8 points and 6.4 rebounds last season, chose Gonzaga over Pittsburgh and Oklahoma State.

9. Angelo Chol, F, San Diego State (From Arizona)

The addition of Chol is more impactful for San Diego State than his modest scoring and rebounding numbers at Arizona would suggest. A former top 100 recruit who chose Arizona over the likes of Kansas and North Carolina, Chol was buried behind a slew of elite big men in Tucson and often was yanked off the floor as soon as he missed a defensive rotation or had a ball squirt off his hands. There should be more opportunity for Chol at San Diego State, where he will probably start at power forward and have the chance to play through his mistakes. His jump shot and back-to-the-basket offense has improved since his Arizona days and the pairing of him and shot-blocking big man Skylar Spencer makes a formidable defensive duo.

10. Matt Carlino, G, Marquette (From BYU)

Having lost its only three double-digit scorers from last season's cold-shooting team, Marquette desperately needed to add a perimeter scorer or two to its roster. New coach Steve Wojciechowski has probably found one in BYU transfer Matt Carlino. While Carlino was a polarizing player for BYU fans due to the high expectations they had for him and his occasional exasperating bad shots and turnovers, the truth is his scoring instinct will be welcome at Marquette. Carlino, who averaged 13.7 points and 4.3 assists last season, can either play off ball alongside point guard Derrick Wilson or return to point guard with Duane Wilson at off guard.

11. Katin Reinhardt, G, USC (From UNLV)

USC's chances of taking a step forward in year two under Andy Enfield depend on a pair of promising guards. One is freshman point guard Jordan McLaughlin, the Trojans' most prized recruit. The other is Reinhardt, a combo guard whose scoring ability made him a consensus top 75 prospect during high school. Reinhardt averaged 10.1 points per game as a volume-shooting freshman at UNLV, but left the Rebels because he felt he had been pigeonholed into a catch-and-shoot role there. He hopes to show more playmaking ability off the dribble in USC's freewheeling system, in addition to playing improved defense and more consistently knocking down open shots.

12. Antoine Mason, G, Auburn (From Niagara)

The son of former New York Knicks forward Anthony Mason is the biggest reason Auburn has a chance to ascend a rung or two in the SEC during year one under Bruce Pearl. The younger Mason averaged an eye-popping 25.6 points per game as a junior, second only to national player of the year Doug McDermott of Creighton. What's more, the 6-foot-1 guard shot a respectable 44 percent despite being the only player to average double figures for a Niagara team that went 7-26 last season. Mason will have more help at Auburn than he did at Niagara with junior college prospect Cinmeon Bowers and New Mexico State transfer KC Ross-Miller also coming aboard, but he'll still be counted on to do plenty of damage himself.

13. Kedren Johnson, G, Memphis (From Vanderbilt)

The graduation of its top four guards from last season won't hurt Memphis nearly as much after the good news the program received last week. Johnson was granted immediate eligibility by the NCAA, enabling him to likely step right in and start at point guard for the Tigers. Had Johnson not gotten his waiver, Memphis probably would have no choice but to turn the point guard position over to inexperienced 6-foot-1 sophomore Pookie Powell. Instead they can let Powell come off the bench behind Johnson, who led Vanderbilt in scoring (13.5 points per game), assists (3.6) and steals (34) in 2012-13 but was suspended for the entire 2013-14 season for violating a university non-academic policy.

14. Justin Martin, F, SMU (From Xavier)

Overshadowed by the newcomer SMU lost this summer was the potential contributions of the one the Mustangs added. Martin may not be the No. 1 point guard prospect in the nation like Emmanuel Mudiay was, but the 6-foot-6 small forward was an impact player for Xavier last season. A well-rounded wing capable of scoring off the dribble or via his jump shot, Martin averaged 11.7 points and 5.2 rebounds this past season, complementing star guard Semaj Christon by scoring in double figures in 16 of his final 21 games. He also visited West Virginia and Florida State before selecting SMU.

15. Anthony Hickey, G, Oklahoma State (From LSU)

Marcus Smart left for the NBA. Stevie Clark was kicked off the team. Jawun Evans won't arrive in Stillwater until next fall. With Oklahoma State in dire need of a point guard this season, the Cowboys found a perfect stop gap in Hickey. The senior averaged 8.4 points, 3.7 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.8 steals while starting 31 games for the Tigers last season, posting an SEC-best 2.6-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio in conference play. The big question with Hickey is whether he'll be able to avoid the off-court issues that plagued him at his former program. A three-year starter for LSU, Hickey had his scholarship revoked for disciplinary reasons this summer.

Other transfers who will make an impact: Keith Hornsby, G, LSU; Aaron Cosby, G, Illinois; Ahmad Starks, G, Illinois; Trey Zeigler, G, TCU; Robert Upshaw, F, Washington; Ricky Tarrant, G, Alabama, Stanton Kidd, F, Colorado State; Sheldon McClellan, G Miami; Jabarie Hinds, G, UMass; Hunter Mickelson, F, Kansas; Bryn Forbes, G, Michigan State; Deuce Bello, G, Missouri; Antwan Scott, G, Colorado State; Roddy Peters, G, South Florida; Ian Chiles, G, Tennessee; Robert Carter, F, Maryland; Savon Goodman, F, Arizona State; Joe Coleman, G, Saint Mary's.

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