Florida guard Graham to transfer after semester (Yahoo Sports)

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida guard Dillon Graham will transfer after the fall semester.

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Frankamp decides to transfer from No. 5 Kansas

Shooting guard Conner Frankamp elects to transfer from No. 5 Jayhawks before season starts

      
 

 

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Frankamp decides to transfer from No. 5 Kansas (Yahoo Sports)

Conner Frankamp and Kansas seemed like the perfect match, the high-scoring guard and one of the state’s top recruits playing for the school that he grew up watching. His departure should help to alleviate a logjam in the backcourt of the fifth-ranked Jayhawks, where an influx of high-profile recruits is competing for playing time. I want to be at a place where I could play a bigger role.” Jayhawks coach Bill Self said he met with Frankamp and his father, Martin Frankamp, to discuss his future on Wednesday. ” Frankamp, who broke Jayhawks forward Perry Ellis’s city scoring record in Wichita, Kansas, played in 27 games as a freshman.

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K-State forward Karapetyan decides to transfer (Yahoo Sports)

Kansas State forward Jack Karapetyan (34) blocks a shot by Pittsburg State Connor Kier (33) during the first half of an exhibition NCAA college basketball game in Manhattan, Kan., Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. Kansas State defeated Pittsburg State 75-54. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Kansas State forward Jack Karapetyan has decided to transfer after playing in just six games during his freshman season last year because of a foot injury.


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Miami looking for leadership from K-State transfer

Hurricanes looking for leadership from K-State transfer Angel Rodriguez at point guard

      
 

 

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Miami looking for leadership from K-State transfer (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2014, file photo, Miami NCAA college basketball guard Angel Rodriguez gestures as he speaks with members of the media before the team's official first practice in Coral Gables, Fla. Rodriguez says he no longer gets recognized in the grocery store, as he did when he was at Kansas State, but the transfer is happy with his new role as a point guard and leader for the Miami Hurricanes. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Now that junior transfer Angel Rodriguez plays point guard for the Miami Hurricanes instead of Kansas State, he does his grocery shopping unrecognized.


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Colorado State transfer Octeus joins Purdue

Guard Octeus transfers to Purdue after graduating from Colorado State, eligible immediately

      
 

 

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Transfer leaves Marquette before ever suiting up

Transfer forward Gabe Levin leaves Marquette before ever suiting up for Golden Eagles

      
 

 

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Transfer Mitchell cleared to play for Ga Tech (Yahoo Sports)

Maryland forward Charles Mitchell points to a teammate after scoring in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Virginia Tech in College Park, Md., Tuesday, March 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

ATLANTA (AP) — Former Maryland forward Charles Mitchell will be able to play for Georgia Tech this season.


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Ohio State Basketball: What to Expect from Transfer Anthony Lee

The Ohio State basketball program may actually have some interior depth during the 2014-15 season, thanks largely to the addition of Anthony Lee.

The 6’9″ Lee decided to transfer to the Buckeyes from Temple after considering the likes of Indiana, Louisville and Notre Dame along the way. This was one of the most important developments for Thad Matta and his coaching staff in what can only be described as an offseason of transition.

Aaron Craft, Lenzelle Smith Jr. and LaQuinton Ross all left the program via graduation or early declaration for the NBA draft, which puts plenty of pressure on the Buckeyes’ loaded 2014 recruiting class. Adding a tested veteran like Lee to the mix provides stability and a critical piece in an area of need.

Lee scored 13.6 points and grabbed 8.6 rebounds a game last season for the Owls, which are numbers that would have made him the leading rebounder and second-highest scorer for the 2013-14 Buckeyes. He also tallied 11 double-doubles and had three more games where he was just a single point or rebound away from adding to that total.

Considering the departed Ross was the leading rebounder on a team that finished a lowly 216th in the country in total rebounds a game, Lee’s presence on the boards is probably the best part of this addition for Matta and company.

Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports certainly suggested as much:

How Lee will fit in alongside the rest of the Buckeyes is ultimately more important going forward than the numbers he put up at Temple, though.

Matta has a team built on speed and athleticism with Shannon Scott, D’Angelo Russell, Sam Thompson, Kam Williams, Keita Bates-Diop, Jae’Sean Tate and Marc Loving. With so many quick guards and explosive forwards, it will be important for Ohio State to get out in transition and apply pressure defense all year.

Lee is more than capable of running the floor from the low block, and his ability to rebound and kick it out on the outlet pass could start some of those fast breaks as well. He will also open up some of the perimeter shooters if he draws some extra defensive help down low.

That is not to suggest that Lee will be a back-to-the-basket center who simply patrols the paint and scores around the rim.

Center Amir Williams has been the target of criticism from Buckeye Nation, often fairly, throughout his career. However, we have to give credit where it’s due, and Williams has shown improvement since he arrived in Columbus. In fact, Williams’ per-game points, rebounds, free-throw percentage, blocks and field-goal percentage have all increased every single season since he arrived on campus.

Matta is not just going to relegate the senior Williams to the bench just because he has Lee in the fold now.

That works just fine for Lee, who suggested he would rather be on the floor at the same time as Williams as a power forward, via Doug Lesmerises of Cleveland.com: “I prefer the four, that’s what I came here for, but I can play the five if I need to because I’ve been doing it the last three years. If I had to play the five and the five has to guard me, I’d just be a mismatch.”

That type of positional versatility is absolutely critical on a team that could go nine or 10 deep this season.

Matta can mix and match Lee and Williams depending on the opponent or who has the hot hand. When they are on the floor together, Ohio State should theoretically rack up plenty of blocks and control the glass. What’s more, when the Buckeyes need some type of spark, Matta can put Lee in as a center in a small, athletic rotation that looks to get out in transition.

In terms of playing time, Lee’s presence ultimately means more for Trey McDonald than Williams.

McDonald saw action last year largely because Ohio State didnt really have another big man behind Williams. Now that the Buckeyes have both Lee and Williams, McDonald will likely only see significant minutes when foul trouble or a dreaded injury becomes an issue.

Ohio State also has freshman David Bell at the center position, but he is a redshirt possibility and a long-term project more than an immediate contributor.

Lee’s overall athleticism is appealing with so many fast-break-oriented players on the roster, and his ability to control the glass better than any Ohio State big man since Jared Sullinger will be a relief and welcome change for fans tired of watching opponents rack up the offensive rebounds. 

Lee is on the shortlist of reasons why the Buckeyes should improve on last season’s disappointing finish.

 

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