Top 25 transfers: Rosario gives UF instant boost on offense

by | College Basketball Insider

Arnett Moultrie joins Mississippi State with a chance to become its most productive player. (Getty Images)  
Arnett Moultrie joins Mississippi State with a chance to become its most productive player. (Getty Images)  

Sometimes making a move works out. Wesley Johnson and Ekpe Udoh took advantage a few years back and wound up shaking hands with David Stern. There are a few guys that could wind up as stars in their new destinations -- and we give you the top 25 transfers to watch in college basketball this season.

Notes: * -- One-year graduates; # -- Not eligible until after first semester

1. Mike Rosario, 6-2, SG, Jr., Florida: Rosario could wind up leading Billy Donovan's team in scoring. He put up more than 16 points per game in each of his two seasons at Rutgers and is an "instant offense" type of guy.

2. Arnett Moultrie, 6-10, PF, Jr., Mississippi State: Extremely talented forward who could wind up being Rick Stansbury's most productive and reliable player. Averaged 9.8 points and 6.7 rebounds as a sophomore at UTEP two years ago.

3. Jelan Kendrick, 6-7, SG-SF, Fr., Mississippi: Was booted from Memphis before ever playing a game for off-court issues. If he buys in, could be a star under Andy Kennedy. He's long, versatile -- and talented.

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4. Royce White, 6-8, PF, Soph., Iowa State: Never played a day at Minnesota and sat out last season for Fred Hoiberg. He won't be a savior, but he'll be a key piece for the Cyclones.

5. Chris Allen, 6-3, SG, Sr., Iowa State: Started 27 games for a Final Four team at Michigan State two years ago but had off-court issues, which forced his departure. Allen can shoot -- and score the ball -- and he'll have one year with the Cyclones.

6 and 7. David Wear and Travis Wear, 6-10, F, Soph., UCLA: The SoCal natives returned home after playing sparingly as freshmen at North Carolina. Both should make an impact this year, although they'll still play in the shadows of Reeves Nelson and Josh Smith on the front line.

8. Travis Taylor, 6-7, PF, Jr., Xavier: Transferred from Monmouth, where he led the team in scoring (17.8 ppg and 7.6 rpg) as a sophomore. Taylor will challenge for a starting spot with the Musketeers.

9. *Sam Maniscalco, 6-0, PG, Sr., Illinois: Could wind up starting at the point for Bruce Weber after transferring in from Bradley. Averaged 9.7 points and 4.3 assists and brings leadership and toughness to the table.

The physical Rakim Sanders leaves Boston College and is expected to help Fairfield. (Getty Images)  
The physical Rakim Sanders leaves Boston College and is expected to help Fairfield. (Getty Images)  
10. Rakim Sanders, 6-5, SG-SF, Sr., Fairfield: Averaged double-figure scoring in each of his three seasons at Boston College. Physically gifted and could wind up being Sydney Johnson's leading scorer this season, his only one with the Stags.

11. Elston Turner, 6-5, SG, Jr., Texas A&M: Big-time shooter who sat out last season after transferring in from Washington. Played nearly 23 minutes per game as a sophomore with the Huskies and averaged seven points per game; should be a double-figure guy under new coach Billy Kennedy.

12. Tony Woods, 6-11, C, Jr., Oregon: No one has questioned his ability, but he has never fulfilled his potential. The Georgia native didn't make it at Wake Forest and left after an altercation with his girlfriend. His numbers as a sophomore were mediocre: 4.6 ppg, 3.2 rpg. But those should improve with Dana Altman and the Ducks.

13. *Brandon Wood, 6-2, G, Sr., Michigan State: The Spartans are thin on the perimeter, so don't be surprised if the Valparaiso star -- who is eligible to play this season -- gets extensive time for Tom Izzo. Wood averaged 16.7 points last season.

14. Brady Heslip, 6-0, G, Soph., Baylor: Heslip spent half a season at Boston College and didn't play, but he can really shoot -- and could wind up being Scott Drew's point guard because of his ability to make shots and his high IQ.

15. Omondi Amoke, 6-7, PF, Sr., Cal State Fullerton: Has been injured much of his career but could be one of the top players in the Big West if he stays healthy. Averaged 4.8 points and 4.6 boards two years ago at Cal.

16. Kevin Dillard, 6-0, PG, Jr., Dayton: Averaged 12.3 points and led the Missouri Valley in assists two seasons ago at Southern Illinois. The Flyers may struggle, but Dillard could be the team's top player immediately.

17. Romero Osby, 6-8, PF, Jr., Oklahoma: Osby wasn't content with his playing time and limited role at Mississippi State, so he left and he'll get a chance to be a focal point for Lon Kruger and the Sooners -- who are likely to struggle again this year.

18. #Matt Carlino, 6-2, PG, Fr., BYU: Carlino lasted just a couple months at UCLA and didn't play a game for Ben Howland's Bruins. Now he'll have a chance, when he becomes eligible in December, to become the Cougars starting point guard.

Dayton might not go far, but tranfer Kevin Dillard should instantly become a key player for the Flyers. (Getty Images)  
Dayton might not go far, but tranfer Kevin Dillard should instantly become a key player for the Flyers. (Getty Images)  
19. Leonard Washington, 6-7, PF, Jr., Wyoming: Spent two seasons at USC and had his moments; could be a force under Larry Shyatt at Wyoming if he keeps his head on straight.

20. Justin Cobbs, 6-2, PG, Soph., California: The West Coast native opted to return to his home state after a ho-hum freshman season at Minnesota in which he played sparingly. Cobbs will get minutes in the backcourt for Mike Montgomery and could even earn a starting spot.

21. #Billy Baron, 6-2, PG, Soph., Rhode Island: Only gave it one semester at Virginia before deciding to go back home and play for his dad at URI. Will be eligible in December and move right into a significant role.

22. Chaz Williams, 5-9, PG, Soph., UMass: -- Left Hofstra after averaging 7.1 points and 4.2 assists as a freshman and will likely start for Derek Kellogg at the point this season.

23. #Devoe Joseph, 6-4, SG, Sr., Oregon Made the baffling move to leave Minnesota midway through last season, so he only has half of a year left at Oregon. But he can really score the ball and should be a factor in his brief time with Dana Altman.

24. *Garrett Green, 6-11, C, Sr., San Diego State: Steve Fisher needed front line help desperately -- and Green, who averaged 6.3 points and 5.1 boards last season -- should help.

25. Jeff Jones, 6-4, SG, Sr., Rider: Spent three years at Virginia and started seven games for Tony Bennett as a junior. Could be Tommy Dempsey's leading scorer this year.

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Oct. 13Preseason Top 25 (and one) Nov. 1Top freshmen
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 Goodman and Parrish bracket picks Nov. 3Under the radar players
Oct. 14Team profiles: 'Cuse | UConn | UK | UNC Nov. 4Breakout players
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