Five impact transfers for the 2014-15 college basketball season
Trevor Lacey (NC State), Chane Behanan (Colorado State), Rodney Purvis (UConn), Kyle Wiltjer (Gonzaga), and Angel Rodriguez and Sheldon McClellan will be impact transfers in 2014-15.
Here are five transfers who will make an impact on college basketball in 2014-15:
Trevor Lacey, NC State: A big-time offensive talent, Lacey will help replace some of the scoring the Wolfpack lost with T.J. Warren's exit to the NBA. Big, strong and confident, the 6-foot-3 shooting guard averaged 11.3 points and made 62 three-point shots two years ago at Alabama. Lacey's arrival should give Mark Gottfried a sneaky good perimeter next season along with Cat Barber and Ralston Turner.
Chane Behanan, Colorado State: Bruising big man will be a menace in the Mountain West, and his presence should push Larry Eustachy's crew back into the NCAA discussion. The Rams return three double-figure scorers in J.J. Avila, Daniel Bejarano and Jon Octeus and the addition of Behanan should give Colorado State enough firepower to compete at the top of the league standings alongside UNLV and San Diego State. The 6-6 Behanan averaged 9.8 points and 6.5 rebounds two years ago at Louisville and had 15 points and 12 rebounds in the national title game vs. Michigan.
Rodney Purvis, UConn: The Huskies will need to find another perimeter scorer after Shabazz Napier's departure and Purvis should be more than up to the challenge. The 6-4 pit bull averaged 8.3 points two years ago at NC State and should immediately start in the Huskies' back court next to Ryan Boatright. Former UConn coach Jim Calhoun said several times this year that Purvis regularly dominated some of the Huskies' practices and he'll need to display that type of form if Kevin Ollie is going to continue to have this program deep in the NCAA Tournament.
Kyle Wiltjer, Gonzaga: Redshirt seasons have done wonders in the past for some of Mark Few's big men (see Kelly Olynyk) and Wiltjer has all the requisites to hit the ground running in Spokane. With Sam Dower's graduation, Wiltjer slides in perfectly at power forward for the Zags, who will again be the favorite in the WCC. Last season at Kentucky, Wiltjer averaged 10.2 points and 4.2 rebounds while shooting an impressive 36.7 percent from three-point range. His presence shoot open up the floor for teammate Przemek Karnowksi, who will benefit from better spacing thanks to now playing with a true stretch four-man.
Angel Rodriguez/Sheldon McClellan, Miami: These two players are on the list together because they're going to linked at the hip for the rest of their careers. Both Rodriguez and McClellan were productive Big 12 players at Kansas State and Texas, respectively, and they're the primary reason why Jim Larranaga will have a chance to return to the NCAA Tournament in 2015. The crafty Rodriguez averaged 5.2 assists two years ago with the Wildcats while McClellan was second on the Longhorns in scoring in 2012-13 at 13.5 points. Expect this combo to be a real difference maker for Miami next season.
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