Tipoff: Top 10 transfers sitting out in 2018-19

Tipoff: Top 10 transfers sitting out in 2018-19

Maybe one day college basketball players could transfer without sitting out a season. For now? There will be players on the bench fans will clamor for in vain. Our college basketball writer ranks 10 of them coaches, teammates and fans alike would rather see on the court this season:

1. Marcus Carr, Minnesota

The point guard situation in Minneapolis is tenuous. The Golden Gophers have Isaiah Washington and ... that's it. Carr was a regular starter last season for Pittsburgh, but Richard Pitino will have to wait a year to play him.

2. C.J. Walker, Ohio State

The Buckeyes will have plenty of point guard depth in 2019-20 when Walker, a Florida State transfer, becomes eligible and can play alongside Duane Washington and D.J. Carton. This season? They could definitely use him.

3. James Banks, Georgia Tech

The Yellow Jackets have a fairly sizeable hole in their frontcourt following Ben Lammers' graduation. It's a hole Banks, a former four-star center, would fill nicely after spending two seasons at Texas.

4. Lavar Batts Jr., UNC-Asheville

North Carolina State's loss is the Bulldogs' gain — eventually. The former four-star prospect faced a crowded backcourt in Raleigh. He might face the same with the Bulldogs, but he could dominate in the Big South.

5. Lance Thomas, Memphis

Penny Hardaway has a fairly thin frontcourt after inheriting a Memphis team in rebuild mode. He could use Thomas, a Louisville transfer, now and maybe not as much in 2019-20 if he lands five-stars James Wiseman and/or Trendon Watford.

6. C.J. Roberts, Texas Tech

Keenan Evans' graduation opened up a hole in the Red Raiders' backcourt that Roberts would have filled. Tech will really need the former Missouri guard in 2019-20, though, when both Matt Mooney and Jarrett Culver might be gone.

7. Matthew Moyer, Vanderbilt

Bryce Drew doesn't necessarily need Moyer, but the former Syracuse forward would have fit nicely alongside freshman Simi Shittu. Given the latter's likely one-and-done status, they'll probably never play together.

8. Dachon Burke, Nebraska

James Palmer Jr. deciding to return to Lincoln means the Cornhuskers will be OK on the wing this coming season with the All-Big Ten pick. Burke, who averaged 17.7 ppg at Robert Morris last season, would have added real depth.

9. Darious Hall, DePaul

Hall might have slid right into the starting lineup this season after transferring from Arkansas given the Blue Demons' depth issues on the wing. It was a smaller sample size, but he shot 41 percent from deep in 2017-18.

10. Mayan Kiir, South Florida

Kiir didn't have a great freshman season at LSU. The one-time Illini target played only eight games before being suspended the rest of the year, but the Bulls' frontcourt needs a serious infusion of talent.

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