The top impact transfers in 2013-14
by Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY Sports
Is it March yet? Hardly. With the NCAA tournament in the rear-view mirror and Midnight Madness several months away, USA TODAY Sports examines several story lines for the 2013-14 college basketball season.
We see it every season: Key players transferring to big time programs — sometimes for personal reasons and a often to better their chances entering the spotlight and, ultimately, winning.
Players who transfer between Division I schools are required to sit out a season per NCAA rules, unless they receive an NCAA hardship waiver.
This week, we discuss the list of transfers available to make an immediate impact on their respective teams and a splash on the college hoops scene.
1. Rodney Hood (Mississippi State to Duke): Although much of the buzz around Duke’s renovated roster focuses on star freshman Jabari Parker, Hood’s eligibility after sitting out last season in Durham helps make the Blue Devils a top 10 team at the start of 2013-14. Hood is only the fourth Division I transfer taken by coach Mike Krzyzewski (the latest being Seth Curry). At Mississippi State in 2011-12, Hood averaged 10.3 points and 4.8 rebounds. If his stats don’t jump off the page, consider the fact that he’s a 6-8 guard — making him a possible matchup nightmare in the ACC.
2. Angel Rodriguez (Kansas State to Miami): The stars seemed to align for Rodriguez with Miami point guard Shane Larkin declaring for the NBA draft — paving way for Rodriguez to return closer to home (Puerto Rico). However, Rodriguez’s eligibility still remains in question. He’s requesting a hardship waiver that’s pending. Plus, Jim Larranaga might need Rodriguez (11.4 points, 5.2 assists a game for K-State last season) more in 2014-15 after a one-season rebuilding project. Kansas State will try to fill the void left by Rodriguez with Maine transfer Justin Edwards, who led the America East in scoring with 16.7 points a game.
3. Mike Moser (UNLV to Oregon): Lucky for Ducks coach Dana Altman, Moser will be eligible right away as a graduate student. The only lingering question is whether Altman’s system will help bring out the … [For more on Starting Five: The top impact transfers in 2013-14, click here.]