View Full Version : TSN: College B-Ball's Transfer "epidemic" has an easy solution: shut up about it

10-31-2016, 11:12 AM

There are an estimated 700-plus names on ESPNís list of transfers for the 2016-17 season, but if you recognize more than a dozen of them you either run a recruiting service or have developed a hopeless hobby of spelunking through box scores.

Here is the truth about the transfer ďepidemicĒ: The overwhelming majority of players who transfer move because they barely play at their current schools. Thatís pretty much all there is to it. That doesnít cover every transfer; some change schools because of academic issues, homesickness, family matters, personality conflicts. They transfer in isolated cases for the same reasons as non-athletes. Mostly, though, they transfer hoping to play.

Thatís why so few names on that list are familiar. If you start at the top of ESPNís list of transfers who left their programs in the spring to search for new opportunities, you wonít recognize a single name until you get to Marlon Alcindor, and itís not anything he accomplished at St. Francis of New York that stops you there.

Iím not going to spend the entirety of my day going through every single player on the list, but I was willing to spend a portion going as far as the players whose names begin with the letter ďC.Ē That covered 100 total athletes, from Patrick Ackerman (formerly of Detroit) to Jeremiah Curtis (who left Morgan State for El Camino College).

Of those 100 Ė two players were eliminated because they chose to play professionally -- 19 did not play at all last season; 73 averaged fewer than 12 minutes per game; 79 averaged fewer than five points. The median scoring average for the 81 players who saw at least some time: 2.6 points. Five players did not score at all.

Of the 100 players, 16 have not yet been updated with a new college. Of the 84 who have chosen a different school, more than two-thirds decided to leave Division I altogether. Roughly half will spend the next year in junior college, perhaps eventually to return, with half choosing new four-year colleges that do not compete at the highest level.

This is a crisis? This is an epidemic?

10-31-2016, 04:08 PM
You can be sure the NCAA has the athletes best interest #1 in their hearts and souls ....