The 2016-17 top possible graduate transfers in the frontcourt will be impactful.
Georgia has been pursuing posts that have stretch 4 and face-up capabilities in the Class of 2016, but have yet to land one. Georgia has anywhere from 1 to 3 spots to fill for next season and there is a need for another frontcourt presence to accompany Mike Edwards, Yante Maten and Derek Ogbeide. Georgia needs a true Stretch 4 and currently are pursuing Isaiah Whaley to fill that role. However, Georgia may want to go down the graduate transfer road to help accelerate the development of Mike Edwards and Derek Ogbeide.
If you missed the possible graduate transfers in the backcourt: 2016-17 Backcourt Possible Graduate Transfers.
Here are the top possible graduate transfers in the frontcourt that may be available next season:
Jaron Blossomgame – Power Forward 6’7″ 220 pounds, Clemson
Blossomgame will be considering what the NBA thinks of him during the offseason as he is a borderline NBA first round pick. Jumping early into the NBA Draft with a projection of being in the second round is not usually advisable. Blossomgame’s Clemson Tigers have had an inconsistent season and there are high expectations for Brad Brownell’s make it or break it 2016-17 season. Shelton Mitchell and Elijah Thomas will join Clemson next season and Clemson will come back to the renovated Littlejohn Coliseum. If Blossomgame chooses to play College Basketball for another season, he may come back to Clemson, but there’s always the possibility that he comes out of the opposing locker room in Clemson’s opener at Littlejohn Coliseum next season.
Zach LeDay – Power Forward 6’7″ 233 pounds, Virginia Tech
Zach LeDay just transferred into Virginia Tech and the likelihood of him transferring out of Virginia Tech is close to nil. LeDay completed coursework at Virginia Tech and has probably finished his degree program, but there’s no reason for him to stay in Blacksburg for two years to just to play there for one season. Consider the momentum that Buzz Williams’ program has created this season by closing strong with five straight wins. The Hokies are 18-13 and trying to find a way to back door themselves into the NCAA Tournament. Imagine what can be next season, LeDay is not going anywhere, but is worth mentioning because he can make the choice to leave.
Jalen Jenkins – Small/Power Forward 6’7″ 230 pounds, George Mason
George Mason is 11-20 and Jenkins will not have a likely chance to go dancing and he offers experience to a team that will. Jenkins will not necessarily be a starter, but he will provide solid depth.
Mo Alie-Cox – Small/Power Forward 6’7″ 255 pounds, VCU
Another possible graduate transfer from the Atlantic 10 and from the Commonwealth of Virginia. He has emerged this season for first year coach Will Wade in the Chaos System. It will be interesting to see if he does choose to go elsewhere as he has proven himself to be an emerging stalwart in the post. His shotblocking capability is a major strength of his.
D.J. Johnson – Power Forward 6’9″ 255 pounds, Kansas State
Chris Washburn – Power Forward 6’8″ 240 pounds, TCU
Erik McCree – Power Forward 6’8″ 225 pounds, Louisiana Tech
Nate Kratch – Power Forward 6’6″ 230 pounds, Santa Clara
Marc Eddy Norelia – Power Forward 6’8″ 220 pounds, Florida Gulf Coast
Michael Buchanan – Center 6’11” 250 pounds, USC – Upstate
Stefan Jankovic – Power Forward 6’11” 240 pounds, Hawai’i
C.J. Gettys – Power Forward 7’0″ 280 pounds, UNC-Wilmington
Brett Bisping- Power Forward 6’8″ 240 pounds, Siena
Jimmy Hall – Power Forward 6’7″ 215 pounds, Kent State
LaRon Smith – Power Forward 6’8″ 215 pounds, Bethune-Cookman
Bola Olaniyan – Power Forward 6’8″ 235 pounds, Southern Illinois
Jerome Frink – Power Forward 6’7″ 230 pounds, LIU-Brooklyn
Justin Tuoyo – Center 6’10” 237 pounds, Chattanooga
R.J. White – Center 6’8″ 285 pounds, UNC-Greensboro
The ball is in Mark Fox’s court here.