Landing recruits is the traditional way of bringing new talent to a program, but obtaining transfers is becoming a bigger and bigger part of the game. Transfers typically have to sit out of year and sometimes go forgotten during that time, but we got you covered on the ones you will see in uniform this year. Below are seven transfers that will have the biggest impact on their respective teams.
1. Josh Smith, Georgetown
Smith has been in the headlines lately after he was granted immediate eligibility for the upcoming season. The 6-foot-10, 350 pound junior transfer from UCLA, can turn a good Georgetown team into a great Georgetown team. But that will only transpire if his conditioning is much improved compared to recent years.
2. Matt Stainbrook, Xavier
Stainbrook is a 6-foot-10, 263 pound junior transfer from Western Michigan, where he led the team in scoring and rebounding two seasons ago. He was named one of the Musketeer’s three captains for the upcoming season, and will be a key piece in the team’s front court.
3. Orlando Sanchez, St. John’s
The 6-foot-9 senior transfer from Monroe has been labeled as the Red Storm’s “most versatile player” by coach Steve Lavin. He can guard all five positions on the floor and gives the Johnnies some much needed size on the offensive end.
4. Sterling Gibbs, Seton Hall
Seton Hall needs to get better at scoring from the perimeter, and Gibbs should come in right away and help with that. The 6-foot-2 sophomore transfer from Texas is a 3-point specialist who will be looking forward to a bigger role than what he got as a Longhorn. He could also see some time at point guard, another area the Pirates need to improve in.
5. Carson Desrosiers, Providence
Desrosiers is a legit 7-footer who will give the Friars a significant presence in the low post. The junior transfer from Wake Forest has good shot blocking instincts and also displays solid face-up shooting capabilities.
6. Max Hooper, St. John’s
Hooper is a 3-point specialist with a dead-eye and quick trigger. The 6-foot-6 sophomore transfer from Harvard was described as never being the best athlete or having much quickness, but no worries, because there’s always room for a shooter on the floor.
7. Tyler Harris, Providence
Harris is a 6-foot-9 forward transferring from NC State with three years of eligibility remaining. He gives the Friars another sizable body to work into the rotation, but he’s also an above average 3-point shooter and has good handles for his size.