May 4, 2010

Notable transfers who will sit out in 2010-11

On Monday, Rivals.com featured 10 notable transfers who will play in 2010-11. Fans will have to wait another season to see this next group of players. Heck, fans will have to wait a little longer to see where some of these transfers end up, for that matter.

Because of NCAA rules, most transfers must sit out a season before becoming eligible at the new program. The following transfers won't be eligible until the 2011-12 season. Some have decided to transfer but have not picked a destination.

Here is a rundown of 10 notable players who have transferred since the end of the 2009-10 season. Players who were dismissed, such as UCLA's J'Mison Morgan and USC's Leonard Washington, are not included.

G/F Carlon Brown
Transferring from: Utah
Transferring to: Colorado
Years left to play: 1
Buzz: Utah is "Team Turnover" this offseason. The Utes' top two scorers (Brown and Marshall Henderson) are gone, as are reserves Matt Read, Jordan Cyphers and Chris Hines. Brown led the team in scoring at 12.6 points per game, a career-high, but he played like a man in need of a change in scenery by the end of the year (9-for-34 from the field in the final five games). Brown announced Monday he plans to enroll at Colorado and play for new Buffs coach Tad Boyle. If freshman Alec Burks sticks around for the next two years, he and Brown could form a formidable backcourt for the Buffaloes in 2011-12. If Burks declares for the NBA draft as a sophomore, Colorado could rebuild around Brown.

F Aaron Fuller
Transferring from: Iowa
Transferring to: USC
Years left to play: 2
Buzz: Fuller shook off an early season ankle injury and averaged 12.3 points and 7.6 rebounds in conference games, leading the Hawkeyes in both categories. Multiple reports indicated Fuller will land at USC rather than at Arizona. A graduate of Mesa (Ariz.) High, Fuller led the Big Ten in offensive rebounding (3.4) in conference games.

C Justin Hamilton
Transferring from: Iowa State
Transferring to: LSU
Years left to play: 2
Buzz: New Cyclones coach Fred Hoiberg is down to five scholarship players after the departure of Hamilton and others. Hamilton, a 6-foot-11 center, started 31 games, averaging 6.4 points and 5.4 rebounds as a sophomore. Though Hamilton won't be available for a year, he will be a part of a sorely needed influx of talent and numbers to the LSU roster. The Tigers return only one senior (guard Bo Spencer) to a program that went 2-14 in the SEC. LSU also added a five-man signing class.

G Marshall Henderson
Transferring from: Utah
Transferring to: TBD
Years left to play: 3
Buzz: Henderson was Utah's second-leading scorer as a freshman, but he's following Brown out of town. Henderson is a good shooter, but had he had trouble controlling his emotions. He was suspended after swinging an arm at a BYU player in the first meeting between the archrivals this season. He hasn't announced where he will land. "I want to be closer to home [Hurst, Texas]," he said in a statement. "Coach Boylen's program also has certain rules and restrictions that I respect, but I don't feel they fit with my individualism. This is not about the coaches, the system or the players."

G Jeff Jones
Transferring from: Virginia
Transferring to: Rider
Years left to play: 1
Buzz: Jones joins leading scorer Sylven Landesberg and reserve Tristan Spurlock in leaving Virginia. Jones and Landesberg were recruited by former coach Dave Leitao. Jones started as a freshman, but his playing time dwindled until the suspension of Landesberg late in the season. Rider will get a player who averaged 15 points in the final three games without Landesberg, who declared for the draft and is expected to be a first-round pick.

F Mike Moser
Transferring from: UCLA
Transferring to: UNLV
Years left to play: 3
Buzz: Moser joins Jrue Holiday, Drew Gordon and J'Mison Morgan as 2008-09 signees who left UCLA with eligibility remaining. Moser averaged less than five minutes per game in 15 games after being a top-100 player in the class of '09. He'll land at UNLV, the Las Vegas Sun reported. UNLV has had success with numerous Division I transfers under coach Lon Kruger, including one other UCLA transfer. Former Bruin Chace Stanback averaged 10.7 points and 5.8 rebounds for the 25-9 Runnin' Rebels this past season.

G Mike Rosario
Transferring from: Rutgers
Transferring to: Florida
Years left to play: 2
Buzz: Rosario didn't wait around to learn Fred Hill's fate (the coach eventually was fired), and he certainly didn't wait to meet Rutgers' new coach (the school still is looking). Rosario was the top player on one of the Big East's worst teams (7-29 in the Big East in his two seasons). A former McDonald's All-American, Rosario averaged 16.7 points per game as a sophomore, but he still has room to improve at Florida. The Gators need help in the backcourt, but the primary need is at point guard, which is not Rosario's position.

F Rakim Sanders
Transferring from: Boston College
Transferring to: TBD
Years left to play: 1
Buzz: Sanders is another casualty of a coaching change. Boston College fired coach Al Skinner and hired Cornell coach Steve Donahue. Sanders, a three-year starter, decided to leave. Sanders averaged double-figures in scoring all three seasons and was the program's defensive MVP as a sophomore. A Pawtucket, R.I., native, Sanders told the staff he could land at Providence or Rhode Island. He also could end up at Fairfield, which is coached by former BC assistant Ed Cooley. Guard Brady Heslip, the only signee in BC's 2010 class, also plans to transfer. Heslip could land at Utah State.

G D.J. Seeley
Transferring from: California
Transferring to: TBD
Years left to play: 2
Buzz: Seeley, the 58th-ranked prospect in the class of 2008, appeared to be in line to replace Jerome Randle and Patrick Christopher in the backcourt when he signed. But he averaged less than 10 minutes per game in the first two seasons of his career. He came off the bench to score in double-figures against Washington and Oregon this season, but he returned to the bench and never really left. With Cal landing two top-100 guards in the 2010 class (Allen Crabbe and Gary Franklin), Seeley likely would have had limited playing time again.

G Elston Turner
Transferring from: Washington
Transferring to: TBD
Years left to play: 2
Buzz: Turner, whose dad of the same name was an accomplished NBA player, had trouble cracking Washington's guard rotation of Isaiah Thomas, Venoy Overton and Abdul Gaddy. Instead, he settled for a role as Washington's 3-point specialist. With the Huskies' top three guards returning for 2010-11, Turner decided to hit the road. He closed the season well with 14 points against Marquette and 10 points against New Mexico in the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament. Turner could end up back in Texas, possibly Texas A&M. Turner is from Missouri City, Texas, and his father is an assistant with the Houston Rockets.

David Fox is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at dfox@rivals.com.




 

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