2014 college basketball transfers

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Buffalo landed former top 100 recruit on Wednesday

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Torian Graham committed to his third school on Christmas Eve.

The former N.C. State commit and Houston guard decided to transfer to Buffalo on Wednesday afternoon, according to Jeff Goodman of ESPN. Graham left the Houston program on Nov. 17, days after the Cougars’ 77-74 season-opening win over Murray State.

Graham originally committed to the Wolfpack as four-star shooting guard, the No. 67 overall recruit in the Class of 2012, according to Rivals. The 6-foot-4 Graham opted to attend Chipola Junior College (Florida). During the 2013-14 season, he averaged 12.9 points, shooting 41 percent from beyond the arc.

Small forward Nate Navigato and power forward Nick Perkins have already committed to the Bulls for the Class of 2015.

Monmouth adds Providence transfer Brice Kofane

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Monmouth added a significant transfer on Friday when former Providence forward Brice Kofane opted to commit to King Rice’s program. The 6-foot-8 Kofane is a junior who will be eligible right away after graduating from Providence after Kofane appeared in 21 games last season for the Friars.

Kofane took to Twitter to make his declaration to Monmouth:

With Monmouth struggling to an 11-21 finish last season, adding an experienced Big East player like Kofane should really help. Kofane only played 4.4 minutes per game in his junior season and should get more playing time with the Hawks.

Monmouth also returns two 6-foot-10 freshmen in Zac Tillman, who started all 32 games last season, and Chris Brady.

Miami forward James Kelly intends to transfer

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Miami lost a key frontcourt contributor on Friday as forward James Kelly intends to transfer, the school announced in a release.

The 6-foot-7 junior forward averaged six points and 3.7 rebounds in 27 games for the Hurricanes this season, his only season in Miami, after transferring from Owens Community College. Kelly saw his playing time dwindle as ACC play went along and the forward was also suspended for three games late in the season.

“I have made the difficult decision to transfer from the University of Miami,” said Kelly. “I believe it is in the best interest of my family that I continue my education and basketball career closer to them. I would like to thank Coach L for the opportunity he gave me and all of his support during this year.”

Losing Kelly will hurt Miami’s frontcourt depth next season as they’ll rely heavily on sophomore center Tonye Jekiri, junior college big man Ivan Cruz Uceda, and incoming freshman forward Omar Sherman.

Miami could also look to add a graduate transfer that can immediately contribute in the frontcourt.

Report: Boston College guard Joe Rahon seeking a transfer

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Boston College received another blow on Saturday afternoon as sophomore guard Joe Rahon will seek a transfer to another program, according to Bodie DeSilva of 24/7 Sports.

Rahon, a native of California, will look to transfer just as Eagles junior forward Ryan Anderson did the same thing earlier this week. Anderson is also a native of California and both players could attempt to play closer to home with their transfer decisions.

The 6-foot-2 Rahon averaged nine points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 32 games for Boston College this season while shooting 40 percent from the field and 35 percent from the three-point line.

New Eagles’ head coach Jim Christian will certainly have his work cut out for him with the loss of two of his three leading scorers. Christian and Boston College will now hold its collective breath to see if sophomore guard Olivier Hanlon tests the NBA Draft.

Three Boston players to transfer, including Mo Watson Jr.

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According to Tom Layman of the Boston Herald, Boston University is losing three players to transfer, including talented sophomore guard Maurice “Mo” Watson Jr. Boston head coach Joe Jones confirmed the news to Layman. A pair of junior forwards — James Kennedy and Malik Thomas — will also transfer from Boston, as well.

Layman spoke with Jones, who said that Watson wants to play at a higher level. Watson averaged 13.4 points, 7.1 assists per game last season in leading the Terriers to a regular-season title in the Patriot League.

“I think the big thing is we love Mo,” said Jones to the Boston Herald. “He had a tremendous impact on the program. We loved him. We just want the best for him. I think it would be great to have him stay. We would love for him to stay.

“But we also want what is best for him,” Jones said after granting Watson’s release.

Thomas will graduate this year and is eligible as a graduate transfer at forward. The 6-foot-7 forward averaged 5.8 points and four rebounds per game last season.

Kennedy missed last season and is seeking more playing time.

The loss of Watson is a huge loss for Boston going forward as he was an All-League type of performer.

Four Monmouth athletes to transfer per report

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Monmouth lost four players on Wednesday as sophomore forward Tyrone O’Garro, sophomore guards Jalen Palm and Christian White, and freshman forward Marcelo Ruediger will all transfer. The news of the transfers comes from head coach King Rice telling the Asbury Park Press.

The biggest loss for Monmouth is O’Garro as the 6-foot-5 sophomore averaged 23.7 minutes per game while playing in all 32 Hawks games, including 20 starts. He averaged 4.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game.

Palm and White both played much more in their freshman seasons last year as opposed to sophomore year where they both saw spot minutes. Ruediger didn’t get many minutes during his freshman season and was a member of an eight-man recruiting class that just didn’t get much of a chance.

Monmouth was two over on scholarships with a commitment from Austin Tilghman, a Pennsylvania-native point guard, this season and now they have two open scholarships in the spring signing period to work with.