The best of the new faces

31 Oct

Iowa State is loaded with transfers. Will be enough to get the Cyclones to the NCAA tournament? (PHOTO: Bill Neibergall)

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

The transfer list gets bigger and bigger every year. For some programs, a transfer could add an instant impact and experienced player. Today we look at the best transfer in each of the power conferences.

ACC: Matt Humphrey (from Oregon to Boston College)

There aren’t a lot of people that are high on the Eagles this year and with 11 new faces, it is easy to understand why. The new roster is nearly all freshmen but Humphrey, a Chicago native, will likely start right away. The 6-foot-5 guard knows how to score and a 13 point per game (or more) year is realistic.

Big East: Jamil Wilson (from Oregon to Marquette)

Surprisingly, there were only three transfers that are eligible to play in the Big East this season. Wilson was one and Donovan Kirk (from Miami to DePaul) and Victor Rudd (from Arizona State to South Florida) were the others. Wilson is cut from the mold that has served Marquette for so well and for so long. He’s athletic, lengthy, versatile and interchangeable. The Wisconsin native will probably start as a sub but could be a starter by Big East play.

Big 12: Iowa State’s roster

There are a lot of choices for the Big 12 this year with Kevin Young probably playing starter’s minutes at Kansas. The tandem of Brady Heslip and Gary Franklin are an underrated pair of players for the Baylor Bears. Omari Lawrence gives Kansas State another fearless New Yorker (see Curtis Kelly). But Iowa State is working from the transfer pool like no one else.

Chris Allen (Michigan State), Chris Babb (Penn State), Anthony Booker (Southern Illinois) and Royce White (Minnesota) are all starters. Babb is the perfect sixth man in Iowa State’s rotation. The Cyclones went 16-16 in year one of the Fred Hoiberg tenure. A trip to the N.I.T. is a realistic goal. A trip to the NCAA tournament isn’t totally out of the picture because of the new faces in Ames. The non-conference schedule isn’t challenging either.

Big Ten: Bo Spencer (from LSU to Nebraska)

You could make a great argument for Brandon Wood at Michigan State but Spencer is needed more for the Huskers. With Lance Jeter now gone, Spencer is a nice replacement. He has scored nearly 1,000 points in his career and averaged 14.5 points and 2.7 assists as a junior at LSU. Spencer is a bit of a turnover liability and he doesn’t take the best of shots but the Huskers need some experience in the backcourt and someone that isn’t afraid to score. Spencer is that guy.

Pac-12
: Olu Ashaolu (from La Tech to Oregon)

It is a new look of Ducks for the defending CBI champions (THE CBI!). Ashaolu is a fifth year graduate transfer and should help immediately. He is the No. 70 player on the NHR Top 100 and one of the best rebounders in the Pac-12 this season. Ashaolu can play the four and the three when needed and will be asked to fill the productivity that is lost from Joevan Catron.

SEC: Arnette Moultrie (from UTEP to Mississippi State)

There will be a lot of talk for Mike Rosario (Rutgers to Florida) but with a logjam of talent, Rosario is a luxury not a necessity. Moultrie is needed in Starksville. Last time he stepped onto the hardwood in a season, he posted 9.8 points and 6.7 rebounds at UTEP. Since then, he’s gotten better and bigger. Rick Stansbury likes the explosion that Moultrie brings to the table and NBA scouts are keeping their eyes on the big man.

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