Impact Transfers in 2010-2011
Mike Holmes swapped his S. Carolina uni for Coastal Carolina digs.
By: Mitch Light | 10/12/10, 7:14 PM EDT
Paul Carter, F, Minnesota to Illinois-Chicago
Solid role player in his two years with the Gophers, averaging 5.8 points and 4.0 rebounds in 63 games. Transferred to Illinois-Chicago to be near his sister, who is undergoing cancer treatments.
Malik Cooke, F, Nevada to South Carolina
Swingman should add some punch to a South Carolina lineup that needs proven scorers. Averaged 9.6 points and shot 44.8 percent from 3-point range at Nevada two years ago.
Seth Curry, G, Liberty to Duke
The younger brother of former Davidson All-American Stephen Curry averaged 20.2 points per game in his only season at Liberty. Curry shot .347 from 3-point range as a freshman, but that number should increase as his attempts diminish playing in the ACC. Figures to be a key part of four-guard rotation with freshman Kyrie Irving, sophomore Andre Dawkins and senior Nolan Smith.
Olek Czyz, F, Duke to Nevada
Polish power forward played sparingly as a freshman in 2008-09 and then left school at the conclusion of the fall semester of his sophomore season. Czyz, a former top-100 national recruit who played high school basketball in Reno, will have an opportunity to shine on a Nevada club that must replace its top four scorers.
Gregory Echenique, C, Rutgers to Creighton
Center from Venezuela should be a force in the Missouri Valley for new coach Greg McDermott after averaging 9.2 points and 8.3 rebounds in a 39 games at Rutgers. Will become eligible at the end of the fall semester.
John Fields, F, UNC Wilmington to Tennessee
Tennessee will be the third stop for the well-traveled big man who played two seasons at East Carolina and one at UNC Wilmington. After averaging 10.2 points and 8.7 rebounds for the Seahawks last season, Fields (granted immediate eligibility because he has graduated) will help provide some muscle up front for Bruce Pearl’s Vols.
Jio Fontan, G, Fordham to USC
Combo guard played for Bob Hurley at St. Anthony in Jersey City before taking his game across the river to Fordham. Fontan attempted to transfer after averaging 15.3 points and 4.7 assists en route to A-10 All-Rookie Team honors in ’08-09, but the school would not give him his release. Returned for his sophomore season, but left school after five games. Should start at the point for the Trojans, though he can play the 2.
Drew Gordon, F/C, UCLA to New Mexico
Former top-50 national recruit had a “mutual parting” with UCLA last December. The forward/center from San Jose was averaging 11.2 points and 5.3 boards while shooting .569 from the floor for the Bruins as a sophomore. With Darington Hobson off to the NBA, Gordon will have a chance to be a primary scorer up front for the Lobos when he becomes eligible in December.
Mike Holmes, F, South Carolina to Coastal Carolina
Burly power forward couldn’t stay out of trouble in Columbia, but he should be a force in the Big South when he becomes eligible in December. Averaged 10.8 points and 7.7 boards as a sophomore in ’08-09. Don’t be surprised if he is the Big?South Player of the Year.
Justin Knox, F, Alabama to North Carolina
Knox didn’t produce big numbers as a junior at Alabama (6.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg), but he will be a
welcome addition for North Carolina, which lost Deon Thompson to graduation, Ed Davis to the NBA and the Wear twins, David and Travis, to UCLA.
Jeronne Maymon, F, Marquette to Tennessee
Bulky swingman from Madison, Wisc., lasted only one semester at Marquette, even though he was averaging 16.3 minutes per game for Buzz Williams’ club. The 6'6", 240-pound Maymon was forced to play center for the undersized Golden Eagles, but he should be used as an inside-out combo forward for the Volunteers.
Emmanuel Negedu, F, Tennessee to New Mexico
Former top-50 national recruit played only one season with the Vols (’08-09) before being sidelined with a heart condition. The Tennessee medical staff would not clear him to play, so he left school and landed at New Mexico. Barring any setbacks, he will be a Lobo this season.
Josh Parker, G, Drake to Dayton
Sweet-shooting guard averaged 10.7 points while hitting 43.2 percent from three as a sophomore at Drake in ’08-09. Parker can handle the ball but will likely start at shooting guard with highly regarded freshman Juwan Staten expected to take over at the point.
Juan Pattillo, F, Oklahoma to Western Kentucky
Highly regarded forward signed with Oklahoma out of junior college but was dismissed from the team following his only season in Norman. Averaged 6.2 points and 3.6 rebounds for OU in ’08-09 playing with eventual No. 1 draft pick Blake Griffin. Will only have one season of eligibility at Western Kentucky.
Jeff Peterson, G, Iowa to Arkansas
Point guard averaged 10.6 points per game while shooting 39.7 percent from 3-point range as a starter at Iowa two years ago. Peterson and 2-guard Rotnei Clarke should form one of the most prolific shooting backcourts in the SEC in ’10-11.
Eniel Polynice, G, Ole Miss to Seton Hall
Only has one season remaining — assuming the NCAA grants him immediate eligibility — but the versatile swingman will help Kevin Williard’s first Seton Hall club. Florida native can score (8.8 ppg at Ole Miss last year), rebound (4.1 rpg) and distribute (3.9 apg).
James Rahon, G, Santa Clara to San Diego State
San Diego native returns home to give the Aztecs some much-needed help on the perimeter. He averaged 11.3 points and shot 40.7 percent from three in his only season at Santa Clara.
Gerald Robinson Jr., G, Tennessee State to Georgia
Big-time scorer in the OVC — he averaged 17.8 points as a sophomore at Tennessee State — joins a Georgia club on the rise in the SEC East. Will team with Trey Thompkins and Travis Leslie to give the Bulldogs three potent scorers.
Chris Smith, G, Manhattan to Louisville
Shooting guard averaged 13.4 points and 5.7 rebounds as a sophomore for the Jaspers but shot only .362 from the field and .288 from three. His shot selection will have to improve at Louisville.
Malik Story, G, Indiana to Nevada
Swingman spent one season at IU, where he averaged 5.9 points in 17.9 minutes on Tom Crean’s first Hoosier club. Will play major minutes for a Nevada team with many holes to fill.
Hank Thorns, G, Virginia Tech to TCU
Diminutive point guard didn’t put up big numbers but averaged over 20 minutes per game in his two seasons with the Hokies. Will be expected to slide into the starting lineup for Jim Christian’s Horned Frogs.
Malcolm White, F, Ole Miss to LSU
Baton Rouge native returns home after two seasons at SEC West rival Ole Miss. Played a key role on the ’08-09 Rebs, averaging 7.2 points and 5.7 boards in 24.7 minutes of action. Should fit in nicely on an LSU team looking for big bodies.
Nick Williams, G, Indiana to Ole Miss
With Terrico White off to the NBA, Williams, a shooting guard from Mobile, Ala., will have an opportunity to play meaningful minutes in the Rebels’ backcourt. He averaged 8.9 points and 4.5 rebounds in his only season at IU.
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