It’s not too early to talk about the best possible graduate transfers for 2016-17.
So you may be thinking: How can anyone project graduate transfers for next offseason?
It’s actually quite easy when looking at a depth chart. A little bit of data mining and cross referencing can go a long way into making these predictions. Will your star player not be good enough to jump into the NBA, but feel good enough to leave your school and become immediately eligible?
Coaches, you may want to have this list favorited so that you know who could be leaving your program early or if you want to get a jump start on poaching these guys away from their current schools. Get ready to start selling those Masters programs because here’s the current Top 10 Possible Graduate Transfers for 2016-17!
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10. Canyon Barry – College of Charleston
Averaging 12.5 points per game and 5.1 rebounds per game, the son of NBA legend Rick Barry shoots free throws just like his father, underhanded.
He’s a 6’6″ 205 pound Shooting Guard/Small Forward and he is a Redshirt Junior. Will he follow in the footsteps of his brothers Jon and Brent? He has some time to get himself such an opportunity.
9. Jordan Price – La Salle
The 6’5″ 220 pound Shooting Guard from Decatur, Georgia was aggressively pursued by Georgia, Auburn, Georgia Tech and other SEC programs. Price eventually landed at La Salle after transferring out of Auburn. At La Salle last season, he averaged 17.2 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. Price was a 34% 3 point shooter.
8. Brian Bernardi – Hofstra
Looking for an offensively oriented player that can shoot threes with great volume and efficiency? Bernardi is your guy. Bernardi averaged 11.6 points per game and 40.4% from beyond the arc. Bernardi also is an 85.5% free throw shooter. A wise coach would let Bernardi play like Marshall Henderson and shoot threes at an even greater volume. His offensive rating is a ridiculous 119.5, which means he’s a rather dangerous player on the offensive end.
7. Ryan Taylor – Marshall
Taylor averaged 14.1 points per game and 8.6 rebounds per game. The 6’5″ 225 pound Small Forward for the Thundering Herd will need to make up for Shawn Smith’s exit to Nevada.
6. Robert Carter Jr. – Maryland
Was Robert Carter Jr.’s #1 option really Maryland? After all, he was barred from transferring to an ACC program and he could not even talk to Georgia Head Coach Mark Fox. Carter did want to talk to UGA, but this became a non-issue and it became a major point of contention with UGA Athletic Director Greg McGarity. The Carter incident was revisited several months later when Georgia Football player J.J. Green was allowed to transfer to Georgia Tech.
Georgia Tech and Maryland swapped posts with Charles Mitchell landing in Midtown Atlanta and Carter heading to Maryland. Will Carter Jr. play only one season at Maryland just to finish his degree and come back to play for UGA? Crazier things have happened.
Carter averaged 11.4 points per game and 8.4 rebounds per game at Georgia Tech in 2013-14. He sat out last season at Maryland due to the transfer.
5. Aaron Valdes – Hawai’i
Would Aaron Valdes leave Honolulu behind? Hawai’i will have a pretty good lineup next season, but may lack a bit of depth this upcoming season and then the following season may not be as favorable. Valdes averaged 13.7 points per game, 5.3 points per game and 1.7 steals per game last season. The 6’5″ 190 pound Shooting Guard proved to be a solid shooter knocking down 36% from beyond the arc and shooting 51.6% from 2 point range.
4. Jimmy Hall – Kent State
Jimmy Hall is a 6’8″ 240 pound Power Forward from Brooklyn, New York. He is Kent State’s resident power post averaging 15.9 points per game and 7.7 rebounds per game. Hall transferred out of Hofstra after the 2012-13 season and as a Redshirt Junior this upcoming season, he is a candidate to graduate in 2016 and become a free agent in the graduate transfer market.
3. R.J. White – UNC Greensboro
R.J. White is a Redshirt Junior that is 6’8″ 280 pounds and plays the Power Forward/Center spot. This bruiser in the paint averages 11.8 points per game, 6.9 rebounds per game, 1.3 steals per game and 1.5 blocks per game. His weaknesses are committing fouls as he averaged 3.8 personal fouls per game and shooting free throws, he’s a 57.7% Free Throw Shooter. He does have a knack for selectively shooting threes as well hitting 40.9% of his three point attempts.
He’s going to have a tough decision after this upcoming season, if he does indeed graduate.
2. Jaron Blossomgame – Clemson
Jaron Blossomgame is Clemson’s best player and he happens to be a Redshirt Junior. Brad Brownell has not made it to an NCAA Tournament since 2011. 3 out of 5 seasons under Brownell have been largely forgettable seasons mired in mediocrity. Blossomgame may be the most battle tested and in-demand graduate transfer in the country for the 2016-17 Season should he graduate and choose to leave Clemson.
Blossomgame averaged 13.1 points per game and 8.2 rebounds per game against stiff competition out of conference and in the ACC. Blossomgame is a Power Forward/Small Forward hybrid that plays the Power Forward spot at Clemson, he’s 6’7″ 220 pounds and his size enables him to have positional flexibility.
1. Jalen Reynolds – Xavier
Reynolds played only 20 minutes per game last season, but the 6’9″ 235 pound Power Forward made a major impression in the 2015 NCAA Tournament. This upcoming season, he will have an opportunity to build upon this experience and his 9.9 points, 6.1 rebounds per game and 1 block per game. Reynolds shot a golden 61.8% from the field.
Let’s see how these guys perform this upcoming season, if they perform well and graduate, they will all be extremely popular should they choose to exit.