Perhaps the most interesting part of the coaching carousel is keeping an eye on the players that it frees up.
As much as the NCAA hates to admit it, these athletes are picking the school they attend because of who they will play for, not because of the two Nobel Prize winners in the Physics Department.
One such transfer to keep an eye on would be Anthony Hickey. Hickey had a very good freshman campaign at LSU, but with head coach Trent Johnson reportedly on the way to TCU, could Hickey end up asking for a release to transfer out of Baton Rouge? And if he does, will he be looking to return to his home state of Kentucky? From Rick Bozich:
Will that create a scenario where 2011 Kentucky Mr. Basketball Anthony Hickey would leave LSU to return to a school in Kentucky, closer to his family in Christian County?
You never know. Hickey had a very solid freshman season at LSU, averaging nearly 9 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.1 rebounds for the Tigers. He scored double figures in 16 games.
But now his coach is leaving Baton Rouge.
Western Kentucky has a need for a point guard with Derrick Gordon announcing that he planned to transfer. Murray State is a great place for a guard to excel.
If Hickey were to transfer, he’s good enough that Western Kentucky and Murray State may not be able to land him. Would Louisville be interested in the tough-minded point guard? With Peyton Siva graduating after next season, Hickey would be a nice compliment to Russ Smith in the back court.