Immediately Eligible Frontcourt Transfers
 5/16/2018 2:24:59 PM      Replies: 11

dmvpiranha5/13/2018 5:11:18 PM

I went through the entire list of immediately eligible forwards/centers for next season that are still available and overall it's not a very good list. The good ones have pretty much been taken. I think that's part of the reason our name hasn't been associated with many grad transfers. More names may pop up with the academic year wrapping up, but here are the stats of the current players immediately eligible on the transfer market below. We may have to take a chance on one who didn't get a lot of playing time. Some of the players who averaged around 2 points per contest did so in about seven or eight minutes of action so those numbers are sure to go up. Of course this is a moot point if Sodom comes here (it would be nice if he didn't have to sit a year, but I don't know if he would qualify for immediate status). Still, we have two spots open and unless we land a good shooter from distance am not inclined to add another piece to an already crowded backcourt.


Connor MacDougall (Arizona St./New Mexico) - DNP last year. 4 ppg, 1.9 rpg in 16-17. Probably staying west but you never know.

Alex Ennis (Morgan St.) - 1.3 ppg, 2.2 rpg. Probably unlikely to see his scoring average go up considering this was against MEAC competition.

Valentine Sangoyomi (Houston) - 0.6 ppg, 1.2 rpg. 

Ibrahim Sylla (Northern Colorado) - 0.5 ppg, 0.9 rpg. 

Marek Hulva (Incarnate Word) and Alassane Kah (Old Dominion) didn't play last year.


Power Forwards

Simi Socks (Incarnate Word) - 8.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg. 15.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.1 apg in 16-17. Seemed like one of the primary options for the Cardinals but his volume didn't really hurt his efficiency that much: 45% FG, 32% from 3 (shot 39% in 16-17), 80% from the line. Probably the top immediately eligible option remaining in the frontcourt. I'd imagine he goes high major, but if he can approach those 16-17 numbers that could give the team a huge lift.

Josh Martin (Minnesota/Cal Poly) - 7.4 ppg, 5 rpg, 1.3 apg. Averaged nearly 11 ppg for the Mustangs in 16-17. A high volume guy though who isn't very efficient. Also from Seattle so might not be looking to come east.

Malik Martin (USC/South Florida) - 6.4 ppg, 4.7 rpg. Maybe Bo can help us out in the pitch. Shooting numbers aren't bad: 58% FG, 47% from 3 (on 19 attempts, but still he has the range). Just 57% from the line, but Bo shot a similar percentage at South Florida and improved greatly when he came here.

Tory Miller-Stewart (Colorado) - 6.2 ppg, 4.7 rpg. Seems to be good at finishing near the rim. A Kansas native but he went to New Hampton for HS, and we definitely have connections there. 

Noah Yates (Yale) - 5.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.2 apg. Shooting numbers are respectable: 46% FG, 38% from 3, 79% from the line. New Jersey native.

Eddie Davis III (Southern Mississippi) - 5 ppg, 2.1 rpg. A Vegas native so he may be looking to return west, but his shooting numbers actually look pretty good overall: 57% FG, 40% from 3, 77% from the line.

Casey Schlatter (Drake) - 4.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.1 apg. A consensus three star prospect from Iowa out of high school. Shooting numbers are pretty good: 48% FG, 46% from 3 (on 11 attempts), 67% from the line.  

Solomon Hainna (Portland St./Evansville) - 4 ppg, 2 rpg.

Jalen Morgan (Western Illinois) - 3.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg. 49% FG and 84% from the line which shows promise, but the fact that he didn't get a lot of time at a poor program like WIU is something to consider.

Dani Koljanin (Marshall) - 2.3 ppg, 1.7 rpg. Originally from Croatia.

Ryan Johnson (Rutgers/Mercer) - 2.3 ppg, 1.3 rpg. Shooting numbers aren't bad and can shoot the three, but didn't get significant minutes at Mercer.

Eugene 'Geno' Artison (Fresno St./Tulsa) - 2.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg. 

Ezra Talbert (Liberty) - 2.1 ppg, 1.2 rpg. Averaged 5.8 ppg, 2.3 rpg in 16-17.

Kiir Deng (Louisiana Monroe) - 1.9 ppg, 2.2 rpg.

Otas Iyekekpolor (Central Arkansas) - 1.3 ppg, 1.2 rpg. Cool name at the very least.

Kerwin Smith (Grand Canyon) - 1.2 ppg, 1.1 rpg. Averaged 4.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg in 16-17. 

Dan Dwyer (Pennsylvania) - 0.5 ppg, 0.9 rpg, 0.5 apg.

Ellis Dozier (Ohio) - 0.5 ppg, 0.4 rpg. He's from the DC area.

Devenir Duruisseau (Washington) - No stats in one appearance last year.

Ramses Sandifer (Louisiana Monroe) - DNP last year. 


Small Forwards

TaShombe Riley (South Carolina St.) - DNP last year. Averaged 11.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg in 15-16. Shooting numbers are okay: 50% FG, 31% from 3, 75% from the line. It was against MEAC competition though.

Terry Harris (Houston Baptist/Eastern Michigan) - 2.7 ppg, 0.9 rpg. Averaged 5.2 ppg, 2.1 rpg in 15-16.

Brent Hibbitts (Michigan) - 1.8 ppg, 0.6 rpg.

Samson Oyediran (Tennessee St.) - 0.4 ppg, 1.1 rpg.


the dude5/13/2018 5:44:05 PM

Nicely done, great post DMV. 


bigfan5/13/2018 5:46:32 PM

Excellent analysis, DMV, as usual.

Depending on size, some of the top  PFs listed could help, but we need someone who can hit the boards. And preferably display a little bulk and toughness.

Steeves, Zeigler and Watanable all gone this year. Outside of Arnoldo, presumably Marcus and maybe one other player, not a lot of rebounding on the roster. 


dmvpiranha5/13/2018 8:09:46 PM

Thank you Dude and Bigfan!

mike k5/14/2018 8:11:35 AM

Great post DMV, was hoping something like this was going to come to the forefront.  Some forwards look like good possibilities, and it is that time of year where we should be hearing something and seeing movement.  


dmvpiranha5/14/2018 11:37:43 AM

Thanks Mike!

dmvpiranha5/14/2018 6:53:57 PM

I'll continue to update this as long as I don't get blocked from posting in this thread.

Malik Martin (USC/South Florida) - transferring to Tennessee Tech.

Solomon Hainna (Portland St./Evansville) - transferring to Texas-Rio Grande Valley.


2twotoed5/14/2018 7:10:25 PM

Thank you for the update. The verbal commit website shows over 600 transfers so far. As noted what’s left is pretty slim pickings. If we don’t get some quality bigs from some where this will be a very long season. One power forward on the roster, a freshman big, unknowns, and guards is going to be hard to watch.


noname noplace nobody5/16/2018 11:30:06 AM

Noah Yates of Yale to Richmond, has two years of eligibility.  Interesting, multisport background.


dmvpiranha5/16/2018 12:15:08 PM

Good find. Coach Holm recently followed Ezra Talbert so we may be taking a look at him. Kansas native that previously played at Liberty.

Another update:

Connor MacDougall (Arizona St./New Mexico) - transferring to Utah Valley.

thomas5/16/2018 1:26:03 PM

I tried to post this in the recruit's thread but the reply function wouldn't work for whatever reason, so I'll post this here since this is an active recruiting thread. Former target Saddiq Bey(a small forward/swingman from Sidwell Friends) was released from his LOI to N.C.State. The rumor is he was pushed out the door, so N.C.State could make room for 2 transfers who signed within the last few days. When I pulled up his thread, it showed that he visited GW about a year ago and dropped GW from his list of schools last August. He's a 4-star player who was recruited by a lot of BCS schools which could make GW a long shot for him, but the fact that he visited GW, he's from this area and could have the opportunity to get a lot of minutes as a freshman may interest him. Georgetown, Maryland and a number of other BCS schools who may show an interest in him now, will probably recruit over him, the way N.C.State did!!  Down below are 2 tweets discussing his transfer.    


bigfan5/16/2018 2:24:59 PM

Classy for N.C. State to sign more players than they have roster spots.

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