Top Mid-Major Impact Transfers: Immediately Eligible

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Mid-majors usually get poached this time year, especially regarding their players who have immediate eligibility after graduating. This year there might be a swing the other way around with some talented veterans coming to the mid-major ranks.

Mid-major schools are usually the poachees and not the poachers when it comes to transfers who can play immediately.  Already many schools around the country have lost players who have already graduated and have headed to be a part of another team before hanging up the sneakers for good. With all that being said, there are still plenty of transfers who can play immediately that will make an impact for mid-major squads in the 2014-15.

Anali Okoloji, Eastern Michigan: Eastern Michigan will be the third stop for the 6'8 Anali Okoloji. After starting his career at Seton Hall and playing in 15 games for the Pirates, he made his way to George Mason where he never made the expected impact for the Patriots. Okoloji has talent but hasn't blossomed the way people thought when he first landed in the Big East. He'll have a third chance to make an impact with Eastern Michigan this year.

Byron Wesley, Gonzaga: It wouldn't be the offseason without Gonzaga landing a high profile transfer.  This year Mark Few has landed USC's top scorer in 6'5 guard Byron Wesley.  Wesley averaged 17.8 points and 6.4 rebounds for the Trojans this past year and should fit nicely into the Zags rotation this year.

Jeylani Dublin, Iona: The 6'6 Brooklyn native is coming home to the New York City area after graduating from Longwood this spring.  Dublin will be a bit of a wildcard with the Gaels after averaging 10.4 points and 4.2 rebounds off the bench for the Lancers last year. Dublin is an undersized power forward who will have defensive limitations in the MAAC and may struggle to run the floor in Tim Cluess' offense.  One thing Dublin does have is a score first mentality when he gets the ball in the block. He also has a nice mid-range jumper that he'll flex from time to time.  It'll be interesting to see how he'll fit with the Gaels.

James Johnson, Liberty: Dale Layer lost a lot in his frontcourt with the departure of JR Coronado, Joel Vander Pol, and Antwan Burrus this offseason, but he'll get an immediate shot in the arm with San Diego State transfer James Johnson.  Johnson, who started his career at Virginia, has only appeared in 36 games and averaged 1.5 points per game in three years of college basketball, but he's a veteran and a big body that will be useful in the Big South.

Brice Kofane, Monmouth: Kofane had a promising freshman campaign at Providence where the 6'8 native of Cameroon grabbed 4.1 rebounds per game with the Friars. His impact continually dropped the past two years and now he'll get a chance to make an impact with Monmouth in their second year in the MAAC. Kofane could morph into a serious threat in the paint given his athleticism and size.

Malik Thomas, Norfolk State: The former Boston University guard has been a solid contributors for the Terriers over the years averaging 5.5 points and 2.6 rebounds. Now he'll have a chance to run the show at Norfolk State with a team that lost a lot this offseason.

Max Hooper, Oakland: Travis Bader's heir apparent is St. John's transfer Max Hooper. Hooper started his career at Harvard and has only participated in two seasons so he'll have tow left. Last year he averaged 9 minutes and 3.2 points per game for the Red Storm.  Hooper will be an immediate threat from behind the arc in the Horizon League.

Jonathan Arledge, Old Dominion: Arledge is making an old CAA swap between George Mason and Old Dominion. Arledge got hurt in the season opener for the Patriots this season and now he'll take his final year of eligibility to Norfolk to play for Jeff Jones. During his junior year the 6'9 Arledge averaged 9 points and 4.8 rebounds.  He'll bring some solid talent to the Monarchs' frontcourt.

Desmond Simmons, St. Mary's: The Gaels could have a WCC resurgence this year and Desmond Simmons will likely be a big part of it.  The 6'7 forward comes over from Washington where he averaged 5.2 points and 4.6 rebounds for the Huskies.

D.J. Brown, Texas State: Brown reverted a bit for San Jose State where he averaged 9.2 points, 3.7 assists, and 3.3 rebounds his sophomore years but saw all those categories drop his junior year. He'll now get a good opportunity to make a real difference in San Marcos for head coach Danny Kaspar.

Alex Gavrilovic, Towson: Someone has to replace the Bennimonster and Dayton transfer Alex Gavrilovic will get the first shot. The 6'9 Frenchman has had his numbers drop all three years with the Flyers and Pat Skerry will try to reinvigorate him with the Tigers.

Wayne Sparrow, UMBC: Staying Baltimore...the Retrievers made a nice addition in former Richmond Spider Wayne Sparrow. Sparrow helped the Spiders weather the storm of losing Cedrick Lindsay to injury and should fit in nicely in the America East.

Brian Willaims, Lousiana: Elfrid Payton leaving the Ragin' Cajuns hurts but Oklahoma State transfer Brian Williams will really help out.  The 6'5 guard averaged 7.2 points over three years with the Cowboys and he knows how to crash the boards, averaging 3.4 rebounds this past year. The Sun Belt defending champs will remain a threat with Williams and Shawn Long in the lineup.

Ben Dickinson, UNC Greensboro: UNC Greensboro seems to be a revolving door of players but Wes Miller should have a good opportunity to stabilize things with Loyola Marymount transfer Ben Dickinson.  Dickinson will have two years left after transferring from Binghamton to LMU and now to Greensboro.  He averaged 13.5 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game with the Bearcats but only played in 19 games averaging 8.5 points for LMU. The SoCon might be wide open, so Dickinson will be a strong asset.

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