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Men’s Basketball Transfers

April 11, 2008

A(n incomplete) list of transfers from Division I programs this spring.

Seton Hall

Former Christ the King sophomore Larry Davis is seeking a transfer, possibly to Iona, Hofstra, Rider, and Loyola-MD.

Rutgers

Justin Sofman is transferring from Rutgers, looking at Albany, Iona, and Monmouth. Here’s a bit from Adam Zagoria’s blog on Sofman, and how a player can be brought in and cast aside when better recruits come along:

Squeezed Out Photo 1875 NY

Partly on RU’s suggestion, Sofman then prepped a year at St. Thomas More, playing alongside Devin Ebanks, in order to prepare himself physically, mentally and socially for Rutgers.

He never really got a chance to show his stuff this year, with the injury and other factors. Even during blowouts, Coach Hill didn’t seem to give Sofman much of a look, or coach him on how to get better. He spent most of his practice time working with the scout team.

Now he’ll have to wait another full year before he can ball again.

Connecticut

Rice HS’ Curtis Kelly is likely to transfer from U Conn, and no word yet on the other fringe players, Donnell Beverly and Doug Wiggins.

Villanova

NY guard and freshman Malcolm Grant isn’t getting enough time on the court and he’ll transfer. He was actually one of Villanova’s best 3-point shooters last year.

Marquette

The fallout from Tom Crean’s abrupt departure continues, as Scott Christopherson is leaving the Marquette team; possible destinations include Iowa, Iowa State, Butler, and Minnesota.

Louisville

Edgar Sosa and his big talk/ underwhelming play ration are supposedly NOT transferring from Louisville. We’ll see. By the way, have you checked out Rick Pitino’s website? This is one slick mofo! Player evaluations articles? That setup had to come as part of his coaching contract, and that is some cutting edge web action. Maybe we will review coaches websites on one post…

South Florida

Amu Saaka, Aaron Holmes, and Soloman Bozeman have all received permission to seek transfers. Orane Chin, a Stan Heath recruit, also plans to leave. At least Coach Heath has Mike Mercer coming in and eligible to play in the second semester, to join Chris Howard and Dominique Jones. But next year could be really rough for the Bulls. Transfer numbers like this are even larger than… Norm Roberts at St. John’s.

Non-Big East transfers after the jump.
Purdue

Also not getting enough playing time is Purdue’s Scott Martin, who came off the bench to complement the other fantastic Boilermaker freshmen. He could end up at Valparaiso.

Duke

Taylor King is visiting other schools. The rumor mill keeps saying Villanova; his other choices are Southern Cal and Gonzaga (where there’s a lot of competition for time).

Florida

Former NY Mr. Basketball and Westchester’s own Jon Mitchell is transferring from Florida, where he only had one start in 2 years, and adopted the title “little-used.”

Alabama

Rico Pickett and Justin Tubbs decided to transfer from ‘Bama coach Mark Gottfried. How does this guy still have his job, ‘Bama fans ask?

Mississippi State

Ben Hansbrough, brother of Tyler is leaving Starkville, and looking at Missouri, getting closer to home and farther from the interminable Mississippi heat. Though Mizzou doesn’t have a scholarship open for him yet. He’s also looking at Notre Dame, Purdue, and Butler.

Alabama

Nate Rakestraw, one of South Florida coach Stan Heath’s recruits at Arkansas, is also transferring. Will he end up at USF? Oral Roberts, Missouri State have expressed interest and he has contacted Missouri, and Oklahoma and South Florida.

Washington State

Freshman Stephen Sauls plans to transfer to a school closer to Texas. Due to an injury suffered in practice, Washington State may request a medical hardship year, and he might have 4 more years of eligibility.

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  1. April 11, 2008 at 7:54 pm | #1

    Marquette won’t miss Christopherson. I have more game than him. And my free throw percentage is better as well. He may have me in looks though. Sunken eyes are all the rage now. Damn, he wins again.

  2. picodulce
    April 12, 2008 at 7:09 pm | #2

    oh, hell, we know that – I’m just being complete with the Big East transfers. Edgar Sosa should leave, Malcolm Grant’s leaving is interesting, and the South Florida exodus is curious, because those guys are not even being recruited over, and that kind of upheaval is not a selling point for a coach.

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