By Jeremy Powers
College basketball players are on the move now more than ever. Most programs are in need of that one spark plug to help the team get over that proverbial hump. Here are the top ten college basketball transfers that will help their teams improve this season.
10. Jabari Brown (Missouri) – Brown was a highly talented recruit, which was supposed to help rebuild a Oregon program that hasn’t made it to the NCAA tournament in recent years. After two games in Eugene, the shooter from California jumped ship and will help replace Kim English and Marcus Denmon.
9. Mark Lyons (Arizona) – A former Atlantic 10 standout while at Xavier, Lyons will bring back court depth and leadership to Arizona. Lyons will be making the transition to point guard for his former coach Sean Miller.
8. Khem Birch (UNLV) – Birch is one of two transfers that will enhance the front court of the Rebels. Alongside UCONN transfer Roscoe Smith, Birch will be able to build on his high school accolades. Birch was the number two center in the class of 2011.
7. Luke Hancock (Louisville) – Already deemed a co-captain, Hancock will a major addition to a Cardinals team, which will be ranked in the top five in the nation. Hancock has nice size to go alongside the electrifying Peyton Siva.
6. Alex Oriakhi (Missouri) – Oriakhi is the second of four Missouri transfers to make this list. Following two successful seasons at UCONN, one which resulted in a national championship, Oriakhi will bring rebounding and scoring production to the Tigers front court.
5. Aaric Murray (West Virginia) – Kevin Jones was a big loss for Bob Huggins this offseason. Murray will have a chance to replace the rebounding and scoring production that surely be lost due to the departure of Jones. At 6’11”, Murray will be one of the more stout figures in the mighty BIG EAST this season.
4. Trey Zeigler (Pittsburgh) – Zeigler will be eligible to play immediately this season as he is one of the several examples of controversial waivers by the NCAA. Zeigler transferred to Pitt after his father was fired as head coach at Central Michigan. Zeigler averaged staggering numbers as a sophomore and will help Pitt make it back to the NCAA tournament.
3. Korie Lucious (Iowa State) – Lucious has Final Four experience as a member Michigan State. A true point guard in every way, Lucious will help lead a Cyclones team that is looking to stay competitive in a very tough Big 12. Iowa State has a good track record with transfers and Lucious will be the next to flourish in Ames.
2. Rotnei Clarke (Butler) – This kid can undoubtably shoot the rock. A three-point specialist, Clarke will help the Bulldogs win games next season. Clarke is automatically a candidate for player of the year in the Atlantic 10.
1. Trent Lockett (Marquette) – Buzz Williams and the Golden Eagles turned Oregon transfer Jae Crowder into the BIG EAST player of the year last season. Lockett, who is an extremely potent scorer will fill the void left by Crowder and Darius Johnson-Odom. Marquette will have a high-octane offense once again this season.
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