While most of the attention during college basketball's offseason centers around recruiting and the coaching carousel, the annual transfer list is arguably just as important. Adding an experienced piece to an already strong team could be the difference between a conference contender and a conference favorite down the stretch.
Many of this year's transfers have already committed to new schools, some with waivers to play immediately and others who will have to sit out a year before getting back on the court. Still more remain undecided, with coaches around the country vying for their services.
Top Committed Transfers
Bryce Dejean-Jones: UNLV to Iowa State
One of the prizes of this year's transfer class is headed to Iowa State after a wildly inconsistent year with the Rebels. Dejean-Jones had scoring outbursts such as his 10-16 shooting, 28-point night against Air Force, but then he would go quiet for a few games. He will have one year of eligibility remaining and will be able to play immediately.
Anthony Lee: Temple to Ohio State
Lee saw steady increases in production through each of his three seasons at Temple, culminating in a 31 minute-per-game average with the Owls in a 2013-14 season where he shot nearly 50 percent from the floor. Like Dejean-Jones, Lee will be a graduate transfer, able to play immediately. He'll go directly from an AAC cellar-dweller to a perennial Big Ten favorite.
Maurice Watson Jr.: Boston University to Creighton
Though undersized, Watson is expected to make an impact at Creighton with his two remaining seasons of eligibility. The 5'10 guard averaged 13.3 points and 7.1 assists per game at BU and accumulated 125 steals in two seasons. As a guard who likes to push the tempo, he's already heard some praise from Bluejays coach Greg McDermott. Watson will sit out 2014-15 before suiting up in 2015-16.
Chane Behanan: Louisville to Colorado State
Behanan's off-court struggles have been well chronicled, highlighted most recently by a citation for marijuana possession just two weeks ago. It's still unclear how that will impact his status at Colorado State, but if he is allowed to suit up, the Rams have themselves a high-impact forward who could put up a double-double on any given night. The 6'6 forward had 15 points and 12 rebounds in the Cardinals' National Championship Game win over Michigan in 2013.
Top Uncommitted Transfers
Eron Harris: West Virginia
Whoever ends up with Harris is going to get a guy who put up 17.2 points per game for the Mountaineers last season while shooting over 42 percent from three. He'll have two years of eligibility remaining. Harris is an Indianapolis native who said he would like to go somewhere closer to home.
M.J. Rhett: Middle Tennessee State
Rhett is a bit under the radar, but will be able to use his last remaining year of eligibility immediately. The forward put up 10.9 points and 9.1 rebounds per game last season and will likely end up at a high-major program. He has offers from Oklahoma State, Villanova, Wichita State, Miami and more.
Matt Carlino: BYU
Carlino played three seasons at BYU after transferring from UCLA and will finish his college eligibility elsewhere while able to play immediately in 2014-15. He's been a double-digit scorer every year with the Cougars while averaging nearly five assists per game as a 6'2 guard. Carlino ranks in the top 10 in BYU history in steals, assists and three-pointers made.
Ronnie Johnson: Purdue
Johnson's numbers over two years at Purdue look pretty good, averaging double-figures in scoring during his freshman and sophomore seasons. But Johnson felt he didn't fit in well with the Boilermakers' offense and will look to find a home that suits him better. Johnson would like to go somewhere that will allow him to play through his mistakes to get a better feel for the game.