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Trend toward 4-year transfers has Big 12 coaches reevaluating the way they build their teams

  • Kansas State coach Bruce Weber talks about his team's upcoming NCAA men's college basketball season during the Big 12 Conference Media Day event at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)

    Kansas State coach Bruce Weber talks about his team's upcoming NCAA men's college basketball season during the Big 12 Conference Media Day event at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)  (The Associated Press)

  • Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith talks about his team's upcoming NCAA men's college basketball season during the Big 12 Conference Media Day event at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)

    Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith talks about his team's upcoming NCAA men's college basketball season during the Big 12 Conference Media Day event at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)  (The Associated Press)

  • Kansas head coach Bill Self talks about his team's strengths in the upcoming NCAA men's college basketball season during a Big 12 Conference Media Day event at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)

    Kansas head coach Bill Self talks about his team's strengths in the upcoming NCAA men's college basketball season during a Big 12 Conference Media Day event at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)  (The Associated Press)

The preseason player of the year in the Big 12 began his career at Dayton. The newcomer of the year spent time at Southern California and UNLV before landing at Iowa State.

Welcome to big-time college basketball in the modern era, where four-year transfers are all the rage. The movement between Division I programs, once a relatively rare occurrence, has become so prevalent that many coaches are even changing the way they build their programs.

Just consider Oklahoma State, which had players depart for Miami of Florida and Louisiana-Lafayette while welcoming in high-scoring guard Anthony Hickey from LSU. Cowboys coach Travis Ford says it's simply how programs are building teams these days, an important piece to an increasingly complex puzzle.