Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - With every college basketball offseason comes the long list of players who have decided to take their talents elsewhere via a transfer.
Many of the hundreds of players who move between schools each year may not grab as much attention as professional athletes entering free agency or being traded, but the impact some transfers can have on a team, conference title race, even the quest for the national championship cannot be understated.
A perfect example was Louisville's Luke Hancock, who was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2013 Final Four after transferring in from George Mason.
Here's a look at some of the more notable players transferring this year and how they could drastically alter their new squads:
Bryce Dejean-Jones - UNLV to Iowa State
Iowa State has wasted no time in reloading following its run to the Sweet 16 as the Cyclones scooped up an excellent replacement for do-it-all point guard DeAndre Kane. He averaged 13.6 points per game in 2013-14 as the top scorer for UNLV, while also leading the team in assists (three per game). This is the second time in his career the 6-foot-5 guard has switched schools, as he moved over to UNLV following his freshman campaign at USC. Unlike his first transfer, Dejean-Jones will be able to play right away since he has already graduated.
Tyler Lewis - North Carolina State to Butler
Lewis may not have the flashy numbers of some of the players on this list, but he should give Butler a consistent force at the point in the future. Lewis, a former McDonald's All-American, played in 70 games in his two seasons in Raleigh and ended up leading the Wolfpack in assists (3.8 per game) during this past season. His scoring was not as important (4.4 ppg), but he is a smart player who rarely makes mistakes, as he illustrated with an assist-to- turnover ratio of 3.05 in two seasons for N.C. State. He also brings in postseason experience as he played in the NCAA Tournament the last two years.
Anthony Lee - Temple to Ohio State
One of the Buckeyes' biggest weaknesses during the 2013-14 campaign was their inability to crash the boards effectively. They ranked just sixth in the Big Ten in rebounds per game (33.9) and eighth in total rebounds (1,187). Lee, a 6-9 forward from Temple, will give Ohio State immediate assistance in the that department as he is eligible to play right away. He led the American Athletic Conference in rebounding average (8.6 rpg) in 2013-14 and added 13.6 ppg. Although his offensive game is not as polished as his scoring total may indicate, there is no denying his efforts on the glass will go a long way for the Buckeyes.
Kevin Ware - Louisville to Georgia State
Ware will always be remembered for the gruesome leg injury he suffered against Duke during Louisville's NCAA title run in 2013. However, Ware didn't make much of an impact for the Cardinals last season, even when at full health. The 6-2 guard played in only nine games due to another injury to his leg, but averaged only 1.7 points per game when he was on the floor. A change of scenery may be just what Ware needs, especially with the dip in the level of competition in the Sun Belt Conference. That is not to say Ware won't be playing in meaningful games next March. He is joining a Panthers squad that went 25-9 overall and 17-1 in league play during the 2013-14 campaign.
Maurice Watson - Boston University to Creighton
Watson is going in the opposite direction as compared to Ware. He is making the leap from a smaller program that has had success at the mid-major level to a powerhouse that will be competing for the Big East title. This past season, Watson led the Patriot League in assists (7.1 apg) and was the top scorer for the Terriers (13.3 ppg), who fell just short of the NCAA Tournament with a 55-36 loss to American University in the conference championship game. Watson may not be able to completely negate the loss of national leading scorer and All-American Doug McDermott, but he is certainly a nice piece for head coach Greg McDermott to help begin the next phase of the program.
Jordan Tolbert - Texas Tech to SMU
Larry Brown has completely rebuilt the basketball program at SMU in large part because of a number of talented transfers. Such important contributors from last year's 27-win team as All-American Athletic Conference guard Nic Moore (13.6 ppg), Markus Kennedy (12.4 ppg, 7.1 rpg) and Nick Russell (9.9 ppg, 3.2 apg) all started their careers in different locations. Adding Tolbert gives Brown yet another transfer building block. A 6-7 forward, Tolbert can score and clean the glass with career numbers of 10.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game during his three seasons with the Red Raiders. One drawback is that he may not be eligible to play until 2015-16, depending on the success SMU has in getting an eligibility waiver for next season.
Justin Martin - Xavier to TBD
Although Martin has yet to decide where he will go after finishing his undergraduate degree at Xavier, his size and scoring ability make him a valuable commodity for any team that he may choose. Martin had a career season for the Musketeers in 2013-14, setting personal bests in points (11.7 ppg), rebounds (5.2 rpg) and field goal percentage (.452). He sat out his first season, but then showed a ton of durability by playing in 94 games over the course of the next three seasons. Any team looking for a proven frontcourt player with postseason experience (he has played in two NCAA Tournaments) should be making a push for Martin.
Kareem Canty - Marshall to TBD
Canty was rumored to have committed to Auburn after visiting the campus over the weekend, but a move remains unannounced. He is reportedly set for visits to South Florida and Penn State, so a decision may still be a few days or even weeks away. Regardless of where he ends up, Canty should quickly become an integral part of whichever team he chooses. The redshirt freshman has three years of eligibility remaining after leading Marshall in scoring (16.3 ppg) and assists (5.5 apg) in his only season with the Thundering Herd.
Some other transferring players of note include Ben Carter (Oregon to UNLV), Nolan Cressler (Cornell to Vanderbilt), Jeremy Hollowell (Indiana to Georgia State), Danuel House (Houston to TBD), TaShawn Thomas (Houston to TBD), Tevon Saddler (UNC-Greensboro to TBD) and Terrence Smith (Tennessee-Martin to Ole Miss).