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College basketball preseason: 20 under-the-radar transfers

By Jon Rothstein | CBS Sports

In keeping with this, the inevitable preseason period of college basketball list-making, we present to you 20 transfers who will make an impact on their new teams in 2013-14, whether the casual college basketball fan knows it now or not. In no particular order...

David Pellom, Memphis: The biggest reason why this 6-7 forward will have a major impact for the Tigers? He doesn't need the ball. Josh Pastner has assembled a team loaded with talent, but he doesn't have many players like Pellom, a George Washington transfer, who can affect the game without scoring. A pit bull in every sense of the word, this fifth-year senior will add some much needed intangibles in Memphis' first year in the American Athletic Conference.

Ralston Turner, NC State: Mark Gottfried will need as much experience as he can get this year, and Turner will add just that. The 6-6 wing averaged 9.1 ppg two years ago at LSU, and should have a legitimate chance to immediately start for the Wolfpack.

Jordan Sibert, Dayton: The Flyers are believed to be one of the sleeper teams in the Atlantic 10 and Sibert is a major reason why. After failing to receive consistent minutes at Ohio State, the 6-5 Sibert should emerge as a potential offensive focal point for Archie Miller and Dayton.

Four McGlynn, Towson: Tigers coach Pat Skerry now has some punch off the bench with McGlynn in the fold. The 6-2 guard was the America East Rookie of the Year at Vermont during the 2011-12 season, and made 68 three-point shots while regularly extending the defense. The presence of McGlynn only enhances Towson's chances of winning the CAA and reaching the NCAA tournament.

Derrick Gordon, UMass: This 6-3 combo guard led Western Kentucky in both scoring and rebounding as the Hilltoppers advanced to the 2012 NCAA tournament. His presence next to Chaz Williams in the Minuteman backcourt has people in Amherst believing this will be the season that Derek Kellogg takes his alma mater to the field of 68.

Brandan Kearney, Arizona State: The Sun Devils are a fringe NCAA tournament team and Kearney could be the piece that puts them over the top. Armed with a high IQ and an uncanny nose for the ball, the 6-5 wing should be an impact addition for Herb Sendek's team. Eligible in December after transferring from Michigan State last winter, expect Kearney to start for Arizona State at small forward during Pac-12 play.

Gilvydas Biruta, Rhode Island: Sporting an unusual blend of ruggedness and skill, the 6-8 Biruta should instantly become one of the better players in the Atlantic 10. Skilled and crafty around the rim, this Lithuania native averaged 9.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game two seasons ago at Rutgers. The biggest difference in Biruta between now and then? A capable face-up game. Put him down for at least 30 made three-point shots during the upcoming year.

Errick Peck, Purdue: To get back to the NCAA tournament, Matt Painter needs intangibles and that's just what he'll get from Peck. The 6-6 transfer from Cornell should give Purdue a skilled four man that can provide spacing on offense and versatility on defense. This was a key spring pickup for the Boilermakers.

Ryan Spangler, Oklahoma: With Romero Osby and Amath M'Baye both gone, Lon Kruger will need serious mileage out of Spangler. The 6-8 forward more than held his own in practice during his redshirt year and tallied eight rebounds against West Virginia two years ago in the NCAA tournament, when he was at Gonzaga. Spangler is all but a lock to be one of Oklahoma's starting front court players.

Alex Dragicevich, Boston College: Steve Donahue loves shooters and that's just what he'll get with the 6-8 Dragicevich, who has cut his body fat nearly in half since transferring from Notre Dame. Versatile and skilled, Dragicevich should get plenty of open looks playing alongside two All-ACC caliber players in Olivier Hanlan and Ryan Anderson. Pencil him in for 60 made three-point shots.

Jon Ekey, Illinois: If Ekey can do what Tyler Griffey did for the Illini last season, John Groce has a chance to go to another NCAA Tournament. The fifth-year transfer left Illinois State for a chance to play in the Big Ten and should get an immediate opportunity. At 6-7, Ekey has a legitimate chance to start for Illinois as a stretch power forward.

Allen Roberts, Penn State: Roberts was brought to State College to fill the void left when Jermaine Marshall opted to transfer to Arizona State. The 6-3 guard averaged 12.3 points per game last season at Miami (OH) and will need to extend defenses to complement the penetration ability of Tim Frazier and D.J. Newbill. If Pat Chambers' team is to surprise in the Big Ten, Roberts will have to play a big role offensively.

Kadeem Coleby, Wichita State: Replacing Carl Hall is no easy task, but that's just what Gregg Marshall and the Shockers are asking of Coleby. A lanky athlete who regularly puts his chin on the rim, Coleby has to give Wichita State a capable presence defensively if they're to have any chance of having another strong season. The 6-9 big man averaged 9.5 points and 4.9 rebounds two years ago at Louisiana-Lafayette.

Ty Johnson: South Carolina: Frank Martin would have chopped his right arm off to get Johnson out of high school --- seriously. A former top 50 recruit nationally, Johnson opted for the Gamecocks after one disappointing year at Villanova. Eligible in December, this point guard's progress could go a long way in determining how quickly the Gamecocks can climb the SEC standings.

Gerard Coleman, Gonzaga: Everyone knows about Kevin Pangos and Gary Bell, but people in Spokane will soon be aware of this lanky southpaw. Crafty at 6-4, Coleman gets into the lane at will and has a natural knack for scoring the ball. After averaging double-figures in each of his years at Providence, look for Coleman to pick up where he left off in the Great Northwest.

Sterling Gibbs, Seton Hall: The Pirates have made national news recently for their 2014 recruiting class but if their upcoming season is to be a success, Gibbs will likely have a big role. A shooting guard trapped in floor general's body, Gibbs will need to give Seton Hall a legitimate scoring threat at the two. While he didn't have much of a role during his one year at Texas, Gibbs will rarely come off the floor this season for the Pirates.

Lasan Kromah, UConn:UConn had the best perimeter in college basketball before they added Kromah. With him in the mix, the Huskies add a player that is coming off three consecutive seasons of scoring in double figures at George Washington. This fifth-year transfer was a quality offseason pickup for Kevin Ollie.

Anthony Gill, Virginia: This 6-8 enforcer will add some nastiness to the Cavaliers' highly skilled attack. Gill averaged 7.6 points and 4.7 rebounds two years ago at South Carolina and should have an immediate impact thanks to his toughness. Tony Bennett's team needed some gunpowder in their diet, and Gill should add that every day in practice.

Mike Poole, Iona: If the Gaels are to reach a third consecutive NCAA tournament, Poole will be a major reason why. A rotation player for the last three years at Rutgers, the 6-6 wing has already had an impact for Iona thanks to his leadership and hustle. A tremendous leader and defender, Poole always competes with the biggest weapon he has -- his heart.

Tyler Harris, Providence: An effortless shooter, the 6-9 Harris can play multiple positions for the Friars. A solid passer with a quality feel, this NC State transfer plays the game like a poor man's Tayshaun Prince. Harris is one of many reasons why Ed Cooley's team should be right in the mix of things in the Big East.

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