Who’s left?: The best available college basketball transfers

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Now that we’ve entered the month of May, rosters are beginning to take shape for the 2014-15 college basketball season but there are still plenty of talented available players available.

CBT already profiled the best high school seniors that are left in the college basketball recruiting world earlier on Friday and now we take a look at some impact transfers that are still without a new home.

WHO’S LEFT?: High School Prospects | Junior College Transfers

Here’s an update on some of the best college basketball transfers that are still out there:

1. Ryan Anderson, Boston College: A 6-foot-8 junior and California native, Anderson was supposed to help Boston College turn it around this season as he averaged 14.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game on solid 48 percent shooting from field and 73 percent shooting from the free-throw line. The Eagles never found their footing during the 2013-14 season, however, as they finished near the bottom of the ACC and head coach Steven Donahue was let go. Anderson has official visits lined up to Iowa State (May 2), Indiana (May 5) and Arizona (May 8), per his Twitter account. Anderson will only have one season left of eligibility, but he’s talented enough on the interior to be a major contributor in his senior season.

2. Kareem Canty, Marshall: The 6-foot-1 freshman point guard from New York led Marshall in scoring (16.3 ppg) and assists (5.5 apg) during his initial campaign but tallied poor shooting percentages as he shot 37 percent from the floor and 30 percent from three. Canty has already taken a visit to Auburn and is scheduled for three more  official visits to South Florida (May 2-4), Penn State (May 9-11) and UNLV (May 12-14). Canty was wild at times during his freshman season, but he has two years of eligibility left (he began as a partial qualifier) and is talented enough to be a difference-maker down the road.

3. Ian Chiles, IUPUI: The 6-foot-1 senior guard from Louisville has one season of eligibility remaining after averaging 15.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists last season while shooting 41 percent from the field and 31 percent from three-point range. With Chiles having immediate eligibility, he’s a valuable graduate transfer as Chiles has already taken a visit to Auburn and has interest from Maryland, South Florida, Tennessee and Western Kentucky, according to ESPN.com’s Jeff Goodman. Chiles was asked to do a lot for struggling IUPUI last season, but could be a nice complimentary player in his final season if he opts to go to a power conference.

4. Eron Harris, West Virginia: Harris had a tremendous sophomore season for the Mountaineers as the 6-foot-3 sophomore averaged 17.2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game while shooting 43 percent from the field and 42 percent from three-point range. Harris won’t receive his official release until the end of the semester at West Virginia — so not much is known on his current recruiting situation — but he does want to play closer to his native Indianapolis, according to Rivals.com‘s Jeff Rabjohns. Don’t be surprised if local programs Butler, Indiana and Purdue all inquire about Harris once he receives his release.

5. Danuel House, Houston: The 6-foot-7 sophomore wing had a solid season in the American as he averaged 13.6 points and 5.3 rebounds per game on 42 percent shooting from the field and 33 percent shooting from three-point range. UCLA is already involved with House and will likely receive a visit, while USC is also in the mix according to ESPN.com‘s Jeff Goodman. House has some transfer restrictions to work through as he leaves Houston, but the sophomore is still big enough and athletic enough to be an impact wing in his final two seasons.

6. Cole Huff, Nevada: The 6-foot-8 sophomore had a breakthrough sophomore season for the Wolfpack as Huff saw his minutes and seasonal averages increase across the board. Huff averaged 12.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game while shooting it well from all over the floor (45% FG, 82% FT, 40% 3PT). The forward is now down to Creighton and Iowa, according to grassroots coach Clint Parks, and Huff visited the Bluejays last week and is currently on a visit in Iowa City. With another year of development, it will be interesting to see how Huff would contribute in the Big East or Big Ten.

7. TaShawn Thomas, Houston: The 6-foot-8 junior forward averaged 15.4 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game on 59 percent field goal shooting for the Cougars. Once new head coach Kelvin Sampson was hired at Houston, however, Thomas wanted to pursue other options. Those other options include a visit to Miami and schools like Oklahoma and Oregon showing interest, according to ESPN.com‘s Jeff Goodman. Thomas could be a major impact as an interior scorer and defender in his final season of college basketball, as he led the Cougars in points, rebounds and blocks.

8. Byron Wesley, USC: The 6-foot-5 junior had a solid season during head coach Andy Enfield’s first year on the job as Wesley put up 17.8 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game while shooting 46 percent from the floor and 33 percent from three-point range. Wesley is down to three now, as he’s scheduled visits to Oklahoma State (May 2), Gonzaga (May 9) and Pitt (May 16), according to Adam Zagoria of Zagsblog.com. Wesley will have one more year of college basketball left and any of those three programs could use an additional scoring threat from the wing.

Kentucky fans flood Facebook page of official John Higgins’ company with negative reviews

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Unhappy with how John Higgins performed at his part-time job, Kentucky fans did their best trash him at his full-time gig.

The Facebook page of the referee’s Omaha-based roofing company was flooded by Big Blue Nation with negative comments and reviews after they were displeased with the official’s work in the Wildcats’ Elite Eight loss to North Carolina.

Not only did fans leave obviously fake and vulgar comments on the page, they also deluged it with one-star reviews to drive down its average significantly.

Once again, the Internet is struck by its proportionality problem. What could be considered a silly bit of online pranking by a small minority suddenly turns into an avalanche of nastiness that could do real damage to someone’s life, business and family, given the importance of social media for companies in 2017. It becomes cruel when it reaches a level like this.

When there’s so many general complaints about the state of officiating in college basketball, it’s also not helpful to do something like this to one of the referees generally considered to be one of the country’s best. It’s not exactly a glowing endorsement for prospective future officials to follow the career path if it brings this level of negative attention to you off the court.

Report: North Carolina to miss out on NCAA events through 2022 if HB2 not addressed by Thursday

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North Carolina is in danger of losing out on hosting NCAA events through 2022 if the state does not make changes to HB2, the controversial so-called “bathroom bill” by Thursday afternoon, according to the leader of the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance.

“I have confirmed with a contact very close to the NCAA that its deadline for HB2 is 48 hours from now,” Scott Dupree, the head of the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance, said, according to the Raleigh News & Observer. “If HB2 has not been resolved by that time, the NCAA will have no choice but to move forward without the North Carolina bids.”

“The NCAA has already delayed the bid review process once and has waited as long as it possibly can, and now it must finalize all championship site selections through spring of 2022.”

The NCAA, as it reminded North Carolina last week, is making its determinations on hosts for events from 2018-2022 this week. There was movement last week at the North Carolina statehouse for a compromise on the bill, but that apparently stalled out, the News & Observer reported, though there remain efforts to make progress on a pact.

Should lawmakers not reach an agreement in time, the state’s flagship basketball programs will be without an NCAA tournament home-court advantage that they have often enjoyed. HB2 just this past year moved the first and second rounds out of the state and to South Carolina, where No. 2 seed Duke lost to the seventh-seeded Gamecocks in their home state.

Clearly, there’s much more to consider here than NCAA tournament implications, but it’s another reminder of the economic impact the bill has made in North Carolina. This week, The Associated Press estimated it will cost the state $3.76 billion over a 12-year period.

Baylor’s Freeman to graduate and transfer

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Baylor is losing one of its contributors over the past three seasons.

Al Freeman, a 6-foot-3 guard, will graduate and transfer to another school, the Bears announced Tuesday.

“Al has been a tremendous student-athlete and made great contributions to our program over the last four years, and we’re thrilled that he’s going to complete his degree at Baylor,” Bears coach Scott Drew said in a statement. “He’ll always be part of the Baylor family, and we’ll be rooting for him as he continues his career.”

Freeman, who redshirted his freshman year due to a broken wrist, started 57 games during his career in Waco and averaged 8.6 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. He was a full-time starter as a sophomore, but made just 22 this past season and saw his minutes slashed.

As a graduate transfer, the Charlotte native will be immediately eligible at his next program for his final collegiate season.

Xavier sophomore Edmond Sumner declares for NBA Draft

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Xavier sophomore Edmond Sumner has declared for the NBA Draft and is expected to sign with an agent.

“First let me start by saying these three years at Xavier have been the best of my life,” Sumner said in a statement. “I have certainly been presented with some ups and downs but they have only served to make me a stronger person. This decision was very hard for me because of the love I have for X. After weighing my options with my family, I have decided to enter the 2017 NBA Draft, fulfilling a lifelong dream. I want to thank Coach Mack and the rest of the staff for believing in me and giving me a chance when no one did! I’ll always be grateful for that. Xavier Nation I will always love you!”

Sumner, a 6-foot-6 point guard with dynamic athleticism and first round potential that averaged 15.0 points, but he is coming off of a torn ACL that he suffered in January. He’s likely to be a second round pick in this year’s NBA Draft.

This is a big loss for the Musketeers, but it’s one that they planned for. After his eruption last season, most expected him to put his name in the draft this season.

Duke freshman Harry Giles III declares for NBA Draft

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Harry Giles III has declared for the NBA Draft after playing just one season at Duke.

“Playing in the NBA has been my goal for as long as I can remember, and I’m so excited to take the next step in that journey,” Giles said. “My time at Duke has been a dream come true. I’ve built so many strong relationships here and I have so many people to thank, from my teammates and coaches to our medical staff and strength coach. I can’t understate how proud I am to be part of the Duke Basketball program forever.”

Giles played in 26 games for the Blue Devils. He started six games and averaged 3.9 points and 3.8 rebounds, but the numbers don’t tell the whole story with Giles. At one point considered to be the best player in the loaded Class of 2016, Giles has dealt with a pair of devastating knee injuries already. He underwent a third surgery right before the start of the season and never seemed like he was fully able to get back to being the player he was when he was in high school.

This is the right decision for Giles to make, as there is still some uncertainty regarding the health of his knees. Were his struggles due to the fact that he was tossed right into the middle of a college basketball season after having sat out for 14 straight months, or was this simply a result of knees that no longer allow him to be the player that he used to be?

He might still end up being a first round pick this year. At the very least, he’s make some guaranteed money if he can get into a camp. Maybe returning to school could have helped vault him into the lottery in 2018, but another year like this year would’ve firebombed his draft stock.

“With his uplifting personality and love for the game, Harry Giles has been a joy to coach,” Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “He is only beginning to scratch the surface of how good he can be on the basketball court. Harry has an exciting NBA future ahead of him and we are here to fully support him as a member of our brotherhood.”

I know I’m not alone when I say I hope that Giles gets healthy and succeeds in the NBA.