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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.

Four-star 2017 shooting guard commits to Virginia Tech

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Recruiting, and on-court results, have picked up at Virginia Tech since Buzz Williams took over as head coach. In his second year at the helm the Hokies won ten conference games, and in reaching the Postseason NIT made their first postseason appearance since 2011.

Thursday night Virginia Tech landed its first verbal commitment in the Class of 2017, as four-star shooting guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker made his pledge.

The 6-foot-5 Alexander-Walker, who’s ranked 91st in his class by Rivals.com, also took official visits to Maryland and USC before making his pledge to the ACC program. Alexander-Walker attends Hamilton Heights Christian Academy in Chattanooga, Tennessee, but as a native of Canada plays his grassroots basketball for the Canada Elite program on the Under Armour Association circuit.

Good with either hand, Alexander-Walker can play either on or off the basketball. And that versatility should serve him well in a system that places a high value on “switch-ables,” or players who can fill multiple roles.

The Canada connection paid off for Virginia Tech in the recruitment of Alexander-Walker, with assistant coach Jamie McNeilly being a native of the country himself and having a connection to the Walker family. The Hokies will lose two perimeter players at the end of the 2016-17 season in Devin Wilson and Seth Allen, which will give Alexander-Walker the opportunity to earn minutes as a freshman.

Oakland lands former Oklahoma State guard Clark

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When point guard Stevie Clark began his career at Oklahoma State in 2013, the Top 100 prospect was expected by many to be an impact player for the Cowboys. Things didn’t go as planned however, as off-court issues ultimately led to Clark’s dismissal from the program before his sophomore season. Add in a lawsuit filed by Clark in which he alleged that he was forced by the school to take psychotropic drugs, and it’s safe to say that his time in Stillwater was anything but smooth.

Clark ultimately landed at Arkansas Baptist College, and on Thursday it was reported by the Detroit Free Press that he’s committed to Oakland University to play for head coach Greg Kampe. Clark joins a program with an immediate need at the point, with All-American Kahlil Felder having entered the NBA Draft and hired an agent as well.

The obvious question regarding Clark is whether or not he’s managed to take care of business off the court, and in an interview with Mark Snyder of the Free Press the Oklahoma native made note of the benefits of getting away from home for college.

Playing in Rochester, far from his home, will serve him well, he said.

“Anywhere away from home is the best thing,” Clark said. “It’s just hard balancing everything being close to home.”

Clark will be one of the options Kampe has to choose from at the point, with incoming freshmen Brailen Neely and Billy Thomas also among the new arrivals, and sophomore Jaevin Cumberland looking to earn more playing time than the 5.6 minutes per contest he averaged as a freshman.

Creighton point guard Watson Jr. to return for senior season

Creighton's Maurice Watson Jr. (10) reacts after scoring during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Xavier in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. Creighton won 70-56. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
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Creighton’s chances of moving up the Big East standings and returning to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2014 improved a great deal Thursday, as starting point guard Maurice Watson Jr. announced that he will be returning for his senior season. Watson, who began his college career at Boston University, entered his name into the NBA Draft pool without hiring an agent but decided that another year in Omaha would be best for him.

Watson was one of the most impactful transfers in the country last season, as his play at the point was a major factor in the Bluejays winning 20 games and going 9-9 in conference play after being picked to finish eighth in the Big East preseason poll. Watson averaged 14.1 points, 3.4 rebounds and 6.5 assists per game last season, earning second team All-Big East honors.

With Watson’s return the Bluejays will welcome back three of their top four scorers from last season, with center Geoffrey Groselle being the lone departure. Head coach Greg McDermott adds a talented shooting guard in Marcus Foster, who sat out last season after transferring in from Kansas State. With Watson and Foster working together, Creighton will have a formidable perimeter tandem leading the way in 2016-17 with the likes of forward Cole Huff and guard Isaiah Zierden also being key contributors.

In addition to what Watson can provide in games he’ll also serve as a good mentor for Kaleb Joseph, who will have to sit out next season after transferring in from Syracuse. Joseph, who will have two seasons of eligibility remaining, fell out of the rotation as a sophomore so the year in residency should benefit him as he works towards grabbing the reins in 2017-18.

h/t ESPN.com

UConn, four-star 2017 big man Brown part ways

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Back in mid-January UConn made waves on the recruiting trail by securing a verbal commitment from 7-foot-1 center Zach Brown, a player seen by many as one of the top prospects in the Class of 2017. That partnership came to an end Thursday, as the two parties decided to part ways. News of the mutual decision was first reported by Scout.com.

The Miami native is currently ranked 28th in the Class of 2017 by Rivals.com, and Thursday’s news opens up a spot in the front court that UConn head coach Kevin Ollie and his staff will now have to fill. Amida Brimah, who’s currently going through the NBA pre-Draft process, will be a senior next season should he return to Storrs as will Kentan Facey.

Among the interior options who will have eligibility remaining beyond next season for the Huskies are sophomore Steven Enoch and incoming freshmen Mamadou Diarra and Juwan Durham.

UConn was in the running for 2016 power forward Taurean Thompson, but multiple outlets have the Brewster Academy product considering Michigan State (which added UNLV grad transfer Ben Carter Wednesday), Seton Hall and Syracuse at this point in his recruitment.

UCF lands commitment from transfer Terrell Allen

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Having already landed one transfer in former Michigan guard Aubrey Dawkins (the new head coach’s son), UCF landed a second Thursday afternoon as former Drexel guard Terrell Allen announced that he’ll finish out his college career playing for Johnny Dawkins.

Allen, a CAA All-Rookie Team selection in his lone season at Drexel, announced the news by way of his Twitter account. After sitting out the 2016-17 season per NCAA transfer rules, Allen will have three seasons of eligibility remaining.

On a team that struggled throughout the 2015-16 season, winning just six games, Allen averaged 9.8 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 32.5 minutes of action per game. The 6-foot-2 point guard finished the season ranked in the top ten in the CAA in both assists and assist-to-turnover ratio, with his assist tally ranking eighth and his A/T ratio of 1.9 placing him seventh.

With B.J. Taylor entering his junior season and Jeremy Carter-Sheppard joining the ranks this summer, the addition of Allen gives UCF another option at the point for the 2017-18 campaign.