It’s college basketball’s form of free agency: graduate transfer season. Who are some short-term rentals that can help your team get to the NCAA Tournament? Find out here. Mind you the list is growing by the day.
G Elijah Brown, New Mexico
The 6-4 guard has been one of college basketball’s most productive players over the last two seasons. No one else who has played at least 50 games in that span has averaged a combined 20 points, five rebounds, and three assists. This is in addition to making more than 150 threes. The California native will be an instant playmaker for someone.
G Egor Koulechov, Rice
The 6-8 Russian has been ballin’ since transferring from Arizona State following his freshman year. Koulechov led Rice with 18.1 points and 8.9 rebounds. He’s the only player in the nation with 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 150 threes over the last two years. He reminds me of Linas Kleiza.
F Henry Caruso, Princeton
Princeton was one of the best stories of the season, winning 22 games and nearly upsetting Notre Dame in the NCAA Tournament. The crazy part is it happened without Caruso. The 6-4 wing led the team in scoring (15 ppg) and rebounding (6.2 rpg) in 2015-16, but a foot injury cost him most of the 2016-17 season. That quirky Ivy League rule barring graduate students from playing will make Caruso a hot commodity.
G Mark Alstork, Wright State
Have a need for a scorer? Alstork has you covered. The 6-4 wing finished third in the Horizon in scoring (19 ppg) to go along with 4.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists. He also had some monster games: 39 vs. Toledo, 33 vs. Youngstown State, 30 vs. Southern Illinois. Alstork even had a near triple-double with a 29-10-8 line against Miami (OH).
F Kerem Kanter, Green Bay
He’s the younger brother of Enes Kanter and he’s in the same mold. He put up 11.3 points and 6.3 rebounds in just 19.1 minutes this season and has the ability to step out and shoot the three.He also has a body that’s equipped to bang in the paint. Four double-doubles in his last five games were a preview of the player he could be.
Khris Lane, Longwood
This will be Lane’s third team, but the 6-6 forward continues to get better. He nearly doubled his scoring average from his sophomore to junior season, leading Longwood with 17.3 points to go with his seven rebounds. A diet has helped transform his body, which has only added to his game.
Kassius Robertson, Canisius
This is yet another shooter who will help someone make a tournament run immediately. He averaged 16.1 points this year, shooting 41 percent from deep. He’s hit 184 threes in the last two seasons, including going 9-for-10 from three in a game against Marist.
Christian Sengfelder, Fordham
1,000 points, 500 rebounds, and a guy who shoots 35 percent from three is what someone will get in the form of the 6-7 German. He will be a difference maker on the wing or as a stretch-4 player in the right system, after averaging 12.1 points and 5.1 rebounds for Fordham this year.
G Stephan Jiggetts, Fairleigh Dickinson
He’s a strong-framed combo guard with NCAA Tournament experience — something you can’t find in a high school kid or JUCO guard. Jiggetts didn’t shoot it as well as he did a year ago when helping Fairleigh Dickinson get to the tourney, but his 13.5 points and 4.2 assists show his ability to create for himself and others. This is a kid who had a triple-double vs. Lipscomb and 24 points against a stingy Cincinnati squad.
F Hans Brase, Princeton
Brase was a horse for Princeton in 2013-14 and 2014-15, but knee injuries have cost him each of the last two seasons. If he can return to form, someone will be getting a skilled 6-8 big who averaged 11.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and knocked down 51 threes a few years back.
F Ahmed Hamdy-Mohamed, VCU
His 5.9 points and 3.8 rebounds in just 13.1 minutes don’t jump off the page, but this is a guy who can be a nice paint presence next year. He’s extremely productive and active on the glass. His per 40 minute numbers were solid and his 16.7 rebounding percentage was higher than Eric Mika and Amile Jefferson.
G Kendall Smith, Cal State Northridge
The former UNLV transfer is available after two solid seasons at Northridge, including this year, when he averaged 16.7 points and 4.8 assists. The combo guard had 10 20-point games, one of which came against UCLA. The gym rat saw increases in his numbers across the board, especially his shooting percentages.
G James Daniel, Howard
You may remember the 5-11 dynamo leading the nation with 27.1 points in 2015-16. That was part of a three-year span that saw him score 1,899 points (only D.J. Balentine and Buddy Hield scored more total points). Daniel wasn’t efficient, but he gets buckets and his ability to get into the paint puts a tremendous amount of pressure on opposing defenses.
F Ray Bowles, Pacific
He’s a capable scorer from the wing, putting up nearly 1,000 points in three seasons at Pacific. He took another step forward this year, averaging 13.4 points and 3.7 rebounds. He averaged 17 over his final five games, two of which were against Gonzaga.