The transfer window for European soccer closes in a few days – and with it ends the biggest free-for-all in sports transactions. Everyone is theoretically available, and the nonstop rumors make it extremely fun – and difficult – to follow.
That obviously doesn’t matter in relation to college basketball, but the offseason transfer market is becoming its own calendar season in the hoops world too. Nearly 700 players have left schools for greener pastures this season, and several programs are now relying on Division-I transfers to build their rosters. A couple hundred of those 700 guys are players that most people haven’t heard of, but there were some big-time players changing addresses too.
We did our transfer recap in early August last summer, but with several noteworthy players waiting longer to decide this year, we had to wait. I’m sure there are some players still available, but we had to draw the line somewhere. And that line was somewhere around Aaron Brown, Andrew White and Trayvon Reed.
Here’s a look back at college basketball’s 2014 “transfer window”:
1. Bryce Dejean-Jones (UNLV to Iowa State): The Cyclones needed an impact scorer with the loss of DeAndre Kane and Melvin Ejim; Dejean-Jones fits the bill.
2. Byron Wesley (USC to Gonzaga): Gonzaga could be among the top 10 or 15 teams in the country next season, and Wesley might have been the missing piece.
3. Justin Martin (Xavier to SMU): Martin should start immediately for the Mustangs, and his size and skillset will improve their lineup on the wing.
4. Antoine Mason (Niagara to Auburn): The nation’s leading returning scorer might not average 25 per game again, but he will help the new-look Tigers.
5. Anthony Lee (Temple to Ohio State): Amir Williams and Trey McDonald are the lone returning post guys for the Buckeyes, and they need Lee defensively.
6. Jon Octeus (Colorado State to UCLA): Steve Alford has some quality options on the wings, but Octeus is a 6-foot-4 point guard who is another scoring weapon.
7. Matt Carlino (BYU to Marquette): Carlino loves the ball in his hands, and new head coach Steve Wojciechowski will give him the chance to make plays.
8. Bryn Forbes (Cleveland State to Michigan State): The Spartans don’t bring back a ton on the perimeter, but Forbes could push for minutes with his shooting.
9. Anthony Hickey (LSU to Oklahoma State): Hickey isn’t Marcus Smart, but he’ll be the next Oklahoma State point guard. Travis Ford needs experience, too.
10. Ian Chiles (IUPUI to Tennessee): Donnie Tyndall added a long list of players since taking over in Knoxville, and Chiles might be the best of the bunch.
11. M.J. Rhett (Tennessee State to Ole Miss): The double-double machine had plenty of suitors, and Rhett should immediately upgrade the Rebels’ frontcourt.
12. Aaron Brown and Dimitri Batten (Southern Miss and Old Dominion to Boston College): Jim Christian might not get to the NCAA Tournament right away, but he’s got some pieces.
13. Antwan Scott (Grambling to Colorado State): Octeus’ replacement at the point guard spot, Scott will team with Daniel Bejarano and J.J. Avila for the Rams.
14. Richaud Pack (North Carolina A&T to Maryland): Pack was a high-level scorer in the MEAC, and while it’s a step up in competition, the Terps will use him.
15. Jermaine Lawrence (Cincinnati to Manhattan): Lawrence immediately becomes arguably the most talented player in the MAAC after one season in Cincinnati.
16. Jon Horford (Michigan to Florida): Horford didn’t put up big numbers for Michigan, but Florida is short on post players, and Horford can rebound.
17. Darius Leonard (Campbell to Wake Forest): Danny Manning gets a talented big man to work with for a season. Leonard was a consistent double-figure scorer.
18. Aaron Bright and Desmond Simmons (Stanford and Washington to Saint Mary’s): Gonzaga is the favorite in the WCC, but these two Pac-12 transfers will boost the Gaels.
19. Nick Zeisloft (Illinois State to Indiana): The Hoosiers needed some perimeter shooting, and Zeisloft will provide help in that area. He has two years left.
20. Kevin Ware (Louisville to Georgia State): The NCAA gave Ware a redshirt for last season, and here’s hoping he regains his athleticism and form from two years ago.
Others: Christophe Varidel (Chaminade to Alabama); Ricky Kreklow (California to Creighton); K.C. Ross-Miller (New Mexico State to Auburn); Brian Williams (Oklahoma State to UL-Lafayette); Eric McKnight (Florida Gulf Coast to Long Beach State); Ryan Bass (Oakland to Dayton); Brandon Kearney (Arizona State to Detroit); Jonathan Arledge (George Mason to Old Dominion); Moses Ayegba (Georgetown to Nebraska); Demarco Cox (Ole Miss to Georgia Tech); Alex Gavrilovic (Dayton to Towson); Ricky Kreklow (California to Creighton)
Eron Harris averaged 17.2 points last season. (USATSI)
Need to sit out a year
1. Eron Harris (West Virginia to Michigan State): Harris was overshadowed a bit by Juwan Staten, but he can fill it up from the wing. Spartans need scoring punch.
2. Ryan Anderson (Boston College to Arizona): The Wildcats are going to be in arguably the best 2015 class in the country – but don’t forget about Anderson.
3. Kareem Canty (Marshall to Auburn): After some drama, Canty ended up at Auburn. One year learning Bruce Pearl’s system, and Canty will be ready to rock.
4. Robert Carter (Georgia Tech to Maryland): Carter was one of the best low-post scorers in his high school class, and he’ll be a double-double threat at Maryland.
5. John Egbunu (South Florida to Florida): He didn’t put up big numbers during his one season at USF, but he has a high ceiling and his redshirt year is needed.
6. Tim Williams (Samford to New Mexico): Williams shot better than 60 percent from the field, while averaging around 18 and 7. Was underrated nationally.
7. Maurice Watson (Boston University to Creighton): Watson was one of the most productive playmakers in the country last season.
8. Seth Allen (Maryland to Virginia Tech): Wasn’t considered a pure point guard, but Allen still managed to put up 13.4 points and shot 38 percent from 3-point range.
9. Cole Huff (Nevada to Creighton): Huff expanded his game in a major way as a sophomore, adding a perimeter shot and improving his rebounding and scoring.
10. Ronnie Johnson (Purdue to Houston): Johnson is a solid point guard who will do well under Kelvin Sampson in two seasons. The Cougars are upgrading talent.
11. Jarvis Haywood (Jacksonville to UNC Wilmington): This was a big get for Kevin Keatts. Haywood will be one of the best scorers in the CAA.
12. Terry Henderson (West Virginia to NC State): The Raleigh native returns home to play for the Wolfpack. He can shoot from the perimeter.
13. Hallice Cooke (Oregon State to Iowa State): Cooke only averaged 8.2 points last season, but he’s a talented scorer who will see his numbers rise.
14. Gabe Levin (San Francisco to Marquette): Levin chose the Golden Eagles over Notre Dame and Northwestern, and could be a matchup problem.
15. Tre Coggins (Air Force to Cal State Fullerton): Coggins was one of the better scorers in the Mountain West, and should light up the Big West.
16. Charles Cooke (James Madison to Dayton): The New Jersey native was consistent last season in the CAA, and will give the Flyers wing scoring.
17. Nolan Cressler (Cornell to Vanderbilt): Cressler will be a factor in the backcourt in 2015-16, after showing shooting and playmaking as a sophomore.
18. Avry Holmes (San Francisco to Clemson): Holmes started every game last season for San Francisco, taking a big step forward from his freshman year.
19. Isaiah Williams (Samford to Georgia State): Williams was the SoCon Freshman of the Year, and he’s got three years remaining at Georgia State.
20. Charles Mitchell and Nick Jacobs (Maryland and Alabama to Georgia Tech): They lost Robert Carter, but Georgia Tech is reloading its frontcourt in 2015-16.
Others: Josh Fortune (Providence to Colorado); Kyle Davis (Utah State to BYU); Hakeem Baxter (Maryland-Eastern Shore to UAB); Nimrod Hilliard (Lamar to North Carolina Central); Xavier Pollard (Maine to Kent State); Joe Rahon (Boston College to Saint Mary’s); Lucas Woodhouse (Longwood to Stony Brook)
Kedren Johnson could change Memphis' season if he's deemed eligible. (USATSI)
Awaiting waiver clearance
1. Kedren Johnson and Calvin Godfrey (Vanderbilt and Southern to Memphis): Memphis needs Johnson more than Godfrey, but both would contribute immediately.
2. Tashawn Thomas (Houston to Oklahoma): After averaging 15.4 points and 8.1 boards, Thomas could really help the Sooners get back to the NCAA Tournament.
3. Cody Doolin and Jerome Seagears (San Francisco and Rutgers to UNLV): The Runnin’ Rebels have talent on the wings and up front, but Doolin would be the missing piece at the point. Seagears brings athleticism and defense.
4. Ben Emelogu and Jordan Tolbert (Virginia Tech and Texas Tech to SMU): With loss of Emmanuel Mudiay, Emelogu would boost the perimeter. Tolbert could help up front.
5. Danuel House (Houston to Texas A&M): House was a highly-regarded prospect coming out of high school, and he averaged 13.6 points last season.
6. Eric McClellan (Vanderbilt to Gonzaga): McClellan had some off-court issues at Vanderbilt, but he still managed to put up solid scoring numbers in the SEC.
7. Trevor Thompson (Virginia Tech to Ohio State): Ohio State needs some reinforcements up front, and Thompson brings size and potential.
8. Keith Shamburger (Hawaii to Missouri): Shamburger graduated from Hawaii, so he should be good to go. Kim Anderson needs experience in the backcourt
9. J-Mychal Reese (Texas A&M to North Texas): At worst, Reese will play after the first semester. He will be one of the most talented guards in Conference-USA.
10. Deville Smith (UNLV to Tennessee-Martin): The Skyhawks went 8-23 last season, so getting Smith on the court for one season could bring some optimism.
BONUS: Dominic Woodson (Memphis to Tennessee): This could go in this category or the one below, but Woodson has talent and can be a factor if he puts it all together.
Tyler Lewis will be a major asset at Butler in two seasons. (USATSI)
Change of scenery
1. Tyler Lewis (NC State to Butler): Lewis is a natural playmaker with terrific vision, and his passing ability will be better fit in the Big East.
2. Roddy Peters (Maryland to South Florida): Peters never solidified the point guard position last season, but a redshirt year will help him for USF’s system.
3. Shaq Cleare (Maryland to Texas): Cleare is a space-eater in the paint, but he never carved out a consistent role for the Terps. A year of development is needed.
4. Andrew White (Kansas to Nebraska): White was caught in a logjam for minutes on the wing, but he’s got good shooting ability and just needs some playing time.
5. Jeremy Hollowell (Indiana to Georgia State): The Panthers have done a good job bringing in transfers, and Hollowell could break out after leaving Bloomington.
6. Kenny Kaminski (Michigan State to Ohio): This could be a good fit. Kaminski had some issues with the Spartans, but he’s an inside-outside threat.
7. Ben Carter (Oregon to UNLV): Carter demonstrated an impressive skillset in high school, but he saw inconsistent minutes during his two seasons in Eugene.
8. Darius Thompson (Tennessee to Virginia): The point guard had his moments throughout the season, but left Knoxville when Cuonzo Martin headed west.
9. Stephen Domingo (Georgetown to California): Domingo possesses a smooth shooting stroke, and a return to his home state could provide a boost.
10. Nick Faust and Roschon Prince (Maryland and USC to Long Beach State): Faust was a double-digit guy at Maryland, and Prince can be a tough matchup offensively.
Others: Zach Price (Missouri to Winthrop); Adonis Filer (Clemson to Florida Atlantic; Egor Koulechov (Arizona State to Rice); Rene Castro (Butler to Duquesne); Je’lon Hornbeak (Oklahoma to Monmouth)