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Five under-the-radar transfers to watch in 2014-15

By Jon Rothstein | CBS Sports

Ricky Tarrant, who averaged 15.7 points two years ago at Tulane, is now at Alabama. (USATSI)
Ricky Tarrant, who averaged 15.7 points two years ago at Tulane, is now at Alabama. (USATSI)

It's never too early to start thinking about next season, right?

We felt the same way.

Check below for five under-the-radar transfers to keep an eye on during the 2014-15 college basketball season.

Jabarie Hinds, UMass

A former Top 50 recruit out of high school, Hinds will be a perfect replacement for Chaz Williams in the Minutemen's high-octane attack. The 5-foot-11 point guard is made for open court basketball and that's just what Derek Kellogg implements on a daily basis. Hinds was somewhat confined during his two-year stretch at West Virginia and should give UMass a dynamic troika on the perimeter along with Derrick Gordon and Trey Davis. Hinds averaged 7.4 points in each of his two seasons in Morgantown.

Juan'ya Green, Hofstra

The Pride are a trendy pick to make a big jump next season and Green's presence is a major reason why. The Philadelphia native was the anchor of Joe Mihalich's MAAC regular-season championship at Niagara during the 2012-13 campaign and had interest from several high-major programs before joining his coach in Hempstead. The 6-3 Green averaged 16.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.9 assists, and 1.9 steals two seasons ago and immediately makes Hofstra a major contender in the CAA.

Aaron Cosby, Illinois

The long-range specialist was voted the Illini's most improved player last season and he never stepped foot in a game. The 6-3 Cosby made 66 3-point shots two years ago at Seton Hall and averaged 12.6 points while shooting an impressive 40 percent from long distance. The combination of Cosby, Oregon State transfer Ahmad Starks, veterans Rayvonte Rice and Tracy Abrams, along with sophomores Malcolm Hill and Kendrick Nunn will give Illinois one of the deepest backcourts in the Big Ten.

Robert Upshaw, Washington

A high-level recruit out of high school, Upshaw spent one season at Fresno State before transferring to Seattle to play for Lorenzo Romar and the Huskies. Despite battling off-the-court issues, Upshaw has the size (6-11), talent, and skill level to make an immediate impact next year for Washington in the pivot. The big man averaged 4.1 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks during the 2012-13 season.

Ricky Tarrant, Alabama

Help is on the way for Anthony Grant as Tarrant should be an instant offensive contributor for the Crimson Tide. The 6-2 guard averaged 15.7 points two years ago at Tulane and had 11 games in excess of 20 points. Also keep on eye on Longwood transfer Michael Kessens, who at 6-9 will give Alabama another interior presence that should be able to produce right away in the SEC.

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