I suspected this but never did research.
RD from the little research I’ve done I’d say the top Jucos had a higher impact than the top mid major grad transfers did. If you looked at like the top 15-20 in each category.
That’s true, but this year has some very good grad transfers in Justin Turner from Bowling Green, Darian Adams from Troy, Ian DuBose from Houston Baptist, EJ Enosike from Sacred Heart, Mattias Markusson from LMU, etc. These guys all had great years this year and can really help future programs. And I forgot Jordan Bruner from Yale. I think that as years go on you’ll see more good grad transfers in the portal because they know that they are not on the NBA Draft list and want another year to prove that or, at least, prove that they could have played at top DI school.
Could very well be the case. We won’t know for about a year.
How is this a surprise or significant? When players at P-5 teams leave because they can’t get on the floor, go to lower tier teams, and finally have stats, no one is surprised. This article is the equivalent of saying that proves they were great and that their previous coach was an idiot for letting them go.
Just because a player from a low tier program is no longer the most talented player on the team having to carry the primary scoring load, why wouldn’t his reduced stats still reflect a positive contribution to that P-5 team. You don’t expect them to dominate at the P-5 level like they did at a lower tier, you just want them to contribute more than the players they are replacing could.
I bet there were more Cyllas in that 14 than the player you are describing.
Did Rothstein “cherry pick” those 14? Or is he saying there were only 14 players who averaged double figures for mid majors that transferred? Very different scenarios! Perhaps there were 24 other mid major transfers who averaged double figures for their mid-major team and averaged double figures for their new Power conference teams? Surely no one expected every mid-major that transferred to a power school averaged as much as he did at his mid-major school.
Right off the top of my head, we know at least one did - Jimmy Whitt!
These are grad transfers, not any transfers
Not sure where he got the number and stats. I really don’t count Whitt because he was a P5 recruit out of HS.
Is SMU considered a mid-major? What is the definition of a mid-major?
I assume some consider any non- P5 as a mid-major.
I’ve always thought, in college basketball, it was “Power 6”, including the Big East.
I would agree with that.
I think generally Big East and American Athletic Conference are not considered mid-major conferences by basketball people like Jon Rothstein. Probably why Jimmy Whitt is not on his list,
AAC is kind of strange. It is a mix of major colleges like Cincinnati, Memphis, Houston, SMU, USF, UConn and some schools like that most consider mid-major like Tulane.
By the way, they just named 40 players as Lou Henson All-Americans for mid-majors. None of the players from AAC are on the team. So, it is safe to assume that Jon Rothstein is using that classification to make the claim that none of the 14 grad transfers from mid-majors scored in double figures.
Incidentally, UALR PG Marquis Nowell made the list.
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