The past half-decade has taken on a motif in college basketball that's brought about plenty of debate and even some concern: the rise in transfers. This offseason is on pace for the most transfers on record (it could break 500), breaking the record from last year, which broke the record from the year prior, which broke the record from the year prior to that.
All such stats/records are largely unofficial, but the NCAA has started to take notice and pretty much any veteran coach will vouch for the fact that players are swapping schools more frequently now than anything that happened 10, 15, 30 years ago.
Few, if any, programs have mirrored the increased pattern of transient students like Dana Altman at Oregon. A few schools -- Iowa State, Maryland -- have either benefited or fallen victim to the transfer trend, but I can't find any major program that's seen the good and bad in such stark ways from both ends.
In four years, Altman's been relatively successful. He's taken the Ducks to the past two NCAA Tournaments and has posted a 97-47 mark -- winning more than 67 percent of his games since arriving from Creighton in 2010. But he's lost boatloads to transfers. Not one player in his 2011 class stayed beyond two years. Ten players from the Ernie Kent era eventually left Eugene prematurely.
Oregon is consistent in the win column but not on the roster. And the former is mostly all fans care about.
But now the Ducks are swimming in mud, currently wading through a dicey situation that's led to suspensions for the three players (Brandon Austin, Damyean Dotson and Dominic Artis) named in an ugly alleged rape case -- that has since been closed and brought no charges.
ESPN.com reports Austin, Dotson and Artis "are not expected to return to the team." When you factor in a presumed, inevitable departure for those three (and it's hard to imagine how Oregon/Altman could justify bringing any of the players back, from a PR standpoint alone), it tallies up to 41 roster transactions -- either in or out -- for Oregon since the school opted to hire a new coach in the spring of 2010.
And if/when the aforementioned three leave, Altman will almost certainly have to pick up a few new guys off the transfer market yet again. In four years, Oregon is easily averaging more than 10 transfer transactions per. Astoundingly high.
In that time, the Ducks have had just one player drafted: Arsalan Kazemi, a Rice transfer who was taken 54th in 2013. But Kazemi is currently in his birth country, Iran.
It's been an interesting experiment for Altman at Oregon. Has it been worth it? That's probably still to be determined. Here are the names of the guys who left town, came aboard -- or sometimes did both. Note that junior college acquisitions are not counted as "transfers," so with that, we're at 41 roster transactions: players who came to Oregon from another college or left the team prior to graduating.
1. Matthew Humphrey (sophomore, 2010, to Boston College)
2. Jamil Wilson (freshman, 2010, to Marquette)
3. Drew Wiley (sophomore, 2010, to Boise State)
4. LeKendric Longmire (senior, 2010, academically ineligible, went overseas)
5. Martin Seiferth (freshman, 2011, to Eastern Washington)
6. Teondre Williams (junior, 2011, to Clayton State)
7. Nicholas Fearn (junior, 2011, left team)
8. Matt Losli (sophomore, 2011, left team)
9. John Elorriaga (junior, 2011, left team)
10. Malcolm Armstead (sophomore, 2011, to Wichita State)
11. Jabari Brown (freshman, 2011, to Missouri)
12. Bruce Barron (freshman, 2011, left team)
13. Brett Kingma (2012, to Washington State)
14. Chris Larson (2012, to St. Cloud State)
15. Austin Kuemper (2013, to Northwest Christian University)
16. Coleton Baker (2013, to Northwest Christian University)
17. Willie Moore (2013, to Miami University)
18. Fred Richardson III (2013, to Houston Baptist)
19. Ben Carter (2014, to UNLV)
20. A.J. Lapray (2014, to Pepperdine)
21. Dominic Artis (2014, TBD)
22. Brandon Austin (2014, TBD)
23. Damyean Dotson (2014, TBD)
24. Tyrone Nared (2010, via Monroe College)
25. Jay-R Strowbridge (2010, via Jacksonville State)
26. Olu Ashaolu (2011, via Lousiana Tech)
27. Carlos Emory (2011, via Howard College)
28. Chris Larson (2011, via Black Hawk Community College)
29. Tony Woods (2011, via Wake Forest)
30. Devoe Joseph (2011, via Minnesota)
31. Waverly Austin (2012, via Palm Beach State College)
32. Coleton Baker (2012, via Umpqua Community College)
33. Arsalan Kazemi (2012, via Rice)
34. Mike Moser (2013, via UNLV)
35. Joseph Young (2013, via Houston)
36. Jason Calliste (2013, via Detroit)
37. Richard Amardi (2013, via Indian Hills Community College)
38. Jalil Abdul-Bassit (2013, via North Idaho College)
39. Elgin Cook (2013, via Northwest Florida State)
40. Brian Crow (2013, via Sonoma State)
41. Brandon Austin (2014, via Providence)