The recent explosion of the transfer market has changed the way NCAA Basketball teams build their rosters. In this article we look at the players with the best opportunity to succeed at their new schools and influence the NCAA Basketball odds.
Here are the 5 transfers that will have the biggest impact this season.
Ryan Anderson (Arizona, Previously with Boston College)
Ryan Anderson (14.3 points per game, 7.3 rebounds per game, 1.4 assists per game in 2013-14) will improve his game because of the talent that will surround him at Arizona. Anderson didn't have the chance to play on good teams when he was at Boston College but he is a great fit for Arizona's system and he can be a solid replacement for Brandon Ashley.
Arizona lost some key players but head coach Sean Miller expects Anderson to emerge as one of the leaders of this team and he's certainly the most capable scorer out of the veterans on the roster.
A natural scorer like freshman Allonzo Trier could replace Stanley Johnson as the go-to guy but Anderson will still play a big role for a Wildcats team that deserves to be considered for our NCAA Basketball picks.
Damion Lee (Louisville, Previously with Drexel)
Louisville usually employs very guard-friendly systems, so it wasn't surprising to see Damion Lee (21.4 points per game, 6.1 rebounds per game, 2.3 assists per game, 1.5 steals per game in 2014-15) and Trey Lewis transfer there.
Lee is the type of guard that thrives under head coach Rick Pitino. He can shoot from behind the arc (38.9 percent from three-point range last season) and attack the dribble. He is not known for creating chances for his teammates as Russ Smith, but his shooting numbers and the amount of free-throws he gets resemble Smith's stats from his senior year.
He already had a successful summer for Louisville, averaging 23.6 points and 6.2 rebounds per game on their trip to Puerto Rico. If Lee can handle going from the mid-major level to a major conference like the ACC, Louisville could surprise the NCAA Basketball odds.
Robert Carter Jr. (Maryland, Previously with Georgia Tech)
Robert Carter Jr. (11.4 points per game, 8.4 rebounds per game, 1.1 assists per game, 1.1 blocks per game in 2013-14) can make an instant impact on his new team.
Maryland (+1000 to win the National Championship at Bovada) will have Carter for two seasons. He'll be a key piece in 2015-16 as the Terrapins could compete for the national championship but he might be their star next season if both Melo Trimble and freshman Diamond Stone get drafted.
Carter had star potential at Georgia Tech but his conditioning was an issue. It seems that he worked on that aspect in his year off but he will help Maryland on the boards, even if he is the same player he was at Georgia Tech.
Eron Harris (Michigan State, previously with West Virginia)
West Virginia got better when Eron Harris (17.2 points per game, 3.5 rebounds per game, 1.6 assists per game in 2013-14) left the team, but it's not necesarily because of that.
It might have been because Mountaineers head coach Bob Huggins changed their play style when Harris and Terry Henderson left. Huggins also made it clear that his players were willing to make an effort to play his style of basketball, which wasn't the case before.
Was Eron Harris a bad seed? The answer doesn't change the fact that he's very talented. As a sophomore, Harris shot 42.2 percent and scored 20 points or more in 11 games. Now he will join a team that needs a perimeter scorer to pair with Denzel Valentine and replace Travis Trice. If Harris can produce and behave, Michigan State has enough personnel to make another deep NCAA Tournament run.
Anton Grady (Wichita State, Previously with Cleveland State)
Wichita State needed a scoring big man after Darius Carter graduated and landing Anton Grady (14.3 points per game, 7.9 rebounds per game, 1.7 assists per game, 1.5 steals per game, 1.4 blocks per game in 2014-15) made them a preseason Top 10 team.
Shockers head coach Gregg Marshall always likes to play through a big man, and the players who filled Grady's new role (Carl Hall, Cleanthony Early and Carter) produced good numbers.
Grady will have a chance to play with Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker, one of the best backcourts in the country. VanVleet will get Grady the ball and he'll score easily because of the attention that VanVleet and Baker will demand.