Michigan adds D-3 transfer

Michigan adds basketball transfer from Division III Williams

      
 

 

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan is adding basketball transfer Duncan Robinson from Williams College.

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Indy native Pickett decides to transfer to IUPUI

Gardner nabs another transfer as Indy native Pickett chooses IUPUI

      
 

 

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Vols announce addition of Memphis transfer Woodson

Vols announce addition of Memphis transfer Woodson, whose status for 2014-15 remains uncertain

      
 

 

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Michigan St transfer Forbes granted waiver to play

Michigan State transfer Bryn Forbes eligible to play this season after NCAA grants waiver

      
 

 

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AP source: Vols adding Memphis transfer Woodson

Person close to situation: former Memphis forward Dominic Woodson transferring to Tennessee

      
 

 

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AP source: Vols adding Memphis transfer Woodson (Yahoo Sports)

Dominic Woodson is transferring from Memphis to Tennessee, a source close to the situation said. Woodson should be in class at Tennessee’s Knoxville campus on Thursday, said the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because Tennessee hasn’t announced the move. The source said it remained up in the air whether Woodson would have to sit out the 2014-15 season. Memphis announced last week that Woodson was transferring.

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Michigan St transfer Forbes granted waiver to play (Yahoo Sports)

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State guard Bryn Forbes will not have to sit out this season after transferring from Cleveland State.

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Does Duke’s Chase Jeter Commitment Mean Marshall Plumlee Should Transfer?

Duke basketball has recruited big men off the McDonald’s All-American teams since shortly after the inception of said teams. From Danny Ferry back in 1985 to names like Alaa Abdelnaby, Christian Laettner, Cherokee Parks, Elton Brand and Carlos Boozer, Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski has landed a who’s who of talented post players.

Even now, Coach K is still signing giant stars. Chicago product Jahlil Okafor is set to suit up this fall for what promises to be a short collegiate career. Las Vegas big man Chase Jeter is Duke’s most recent verbal commitment, and he’s a likely candidate to appear in the 2015 All-American game.

But all of this discussion of the new Duke All-Americans leaves out the one that’s been on the roster since 2011. Marshall Plumlee has been a different sort of cat since before he landed in Durham, North Carolina, with interests well beyond basketball. He’s also been one of the least successful McDonald’s All-Americans in history. With Okafor and Jeter set to hit campus in the next two years, that doesn’t seem likely to change.

At this point, players with little on their minds except making it to the NBA would be sticking out their thumb and hitching a ride to places where the playing time is more readily available than Duke. Plumlee, however, doesn’t appear to be the transferring type. And perhaps that’s for the best.

 

Burger Boy Blues

When we say that Plumlee is one of the least productive McDonald’s All-Americans in recent memory, it’s not hyperbole. The numbers bear the statement out. Check out this list of All-Americans since 2003 who struggled over their first two seasons.

It’s easy to say that we should have expected atypical production from Plumlee, who was one of the least hyped All-Americans in the last decade. He’s one of only three AA picks since 2003 to rank outside of his recruiting class’s RSCI top 50, according to StatSheet.com. Ranked No. 61 in 2011, Plumlee joins Tweety Carter (No. 69 in 2006) and Kennedy Meeks (No. 56 in 2013) on that short list.

Of course, Carter went on to a distinguished career at Baylor, leading the Bears to the 2010 Elite Eight. Meeks is projected to start at center for North Carolina this season after averaging 7.6 points and 6.1 rebounds as a freshman. An All-American should certainly be expected to contribute, regardless of rankings.

Plumlee‘s body has also done him no favors.

After redshirting due to roster congestion in 2011-12, a foot injury nagged Plumlee throughout the following year. Surgery to correct it cost him much of the pivotal 2013 offseason. At that point, Duke had no other viable center, meaning that a healthy Plumlee would have had a chance to become a starter just as his brothers Miles and Mason had before him.

And now? The idea of Plumlee starting ahead of Okafor sounds as laughable as the thought that Ed Spriggs could have beaten out Patrick Ewing at Georgetown in 1981. No disrespect to Ed Spriggs.

Next year, when Plumlee‘s a senior? Jeter’s a more natural power forward than center, so perhaps the two could play together. But would you bench a proven, relentless rebounder like Amile Jeffersonwho’ll also be a senior in 2015-16for Plumlee? Neither would I.

Plus, the 2015-16 season will see the Blue Devils debut of Sean Obi, a 6’9″, 265-pound sophomore who averaged 11.4 points and 9.3 rebounds per game in his rookie year at Rice before transferring to Duke.

It’s time for the youngest Plumlee boy to pack his things and haul off to some program that can salvage his dream of joining his brothers in the NBA, right? Not many would begrudge him such a choice, as five of the other 11 players listed in the chart above bolted schools at least once in their careers.

But eh, not so fast. Remember, a different sort of cat.

 

All That He Can Be?

Even during his high school career, Plumlee‘s teachers and coaches were noticing that the tall, skinny kid was a bit of a renaissance man.

“Marshall has his own personality,” Christ School (Arden, North Carolina) coach David Gaines told ESPN’s Christopher Lawlor in 2009. “He has several interests away from basketball that makes him one of the most likable students at our school. He relates to many different kids.”

According to Lawlor‘s profile, those interests included tennis, kayaking, acting, film editing, whitewater rafting, marine biology and sumo wrestling. Yes, sumo wrestling, mawashi and all.

Even while he enjoys the possibility of finally getting a full offseason to work on fitness and skills, Plumlee‘s got his eyes on bigger things away from the court. Like, say, becoming a general?

In an interview with GoDuke.com, Plumlee laid out his academic plans in even greater detail than anything pertaining to basketball. Thanks to his redshirt season back in 2011, Plumlee will be able to finish his bachelor’s degree in history and top it off with a master’s.

He’ll also be set to complete the U.S. Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program, a track that he started on by signing up for Duke’s ROTC program during that redshirt season. The ultimate goal is to become a commissioned Army officer.

“It’s definitely a big time commitment, but that’s part of what makes it so specialsacrificing a little bit to become a better person and have that discipline in my life,” Plumlee said.

Now, I ask you: Does this sound like a man for whom basketball is the be-all and end-all?

While we can obsess over the on-court potential that we see as being wasted, that’s merely Plumlee‘s basketball career. What’s many times more important is Plumlee‘s life, which is being anything but wasted. He has plans at Duke and beyond, and those plans aren’t completely centered around becoming an All-ACC selection and/or an NBA draft pick.

The old Army ad slogan said, “Be all you can be.” Plumlee doesn’t consider “NBA center” a designation that fits all he can be. He’ll go do something different, and he’ll likely enjoy every minute of it. And he’ll do it with a Duke education.

Marshall Plumlee‘s not going anywhere. And from the sound of things, nor should he.

 

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Gonzaga Basketball: Bulldogs Land Another Impact Transfer in Eric McClellan

Gonzaga basketball picked up yet another impact transfer on Sunday, as it was reported by Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports that former Vanderbilt guard Eric McClellan will commit to playing for the Bulldogs next season.

McClellan is a 6’4” guard who averaged 14.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 12 games for Vanderbilt last season. He is renowned for his athleticism and his ability to score in volumes.

This latest transfer to Gonzaga bolsters what was already an incredibly deep backcourt that featured three-year starters Kevin Pangos and Gary Bell Jr., as well as USC transfer Byron Wesley who committed to Gonzaga just a few weeks back.

Unlike the penalty-free transfer of Wesley, though, McClellan and Gonzaga will have some work to do to get the new guard on the court this season due to extenuating circumstances from his earlier dismissal from Vanderbilt this summer.

According to an ESPN Report done in conjunction with The Associated Press, McClellan was suspended from the team during the spring semester for “violating academic policy” and was later dismissed from the team following an arrest for “misdemeanor charge of theft under $500.”

Rothstein writes that in order for McClellan to become academically eligible, he will have to complete “three separate courses over the next seven weeks. Once those courses are completed, McClellan will be eligible to play during the second semester of next season.”

There is, however, a chance that he could apply for a waiver to play immediately.

The value that McClellan could add to this already deep backcourt is almost immeasurable. Just a few weeks ago, Gonzaga’s greatest weakness was the absence of a tall, athletic, scoring wing. 

Now, Gonzaga has two wings in McClellan and Wesley who will contend for serious minutes in Mark Few’s rotation.

With McClellan and Wesley using their athleticism to push the ball in transition and slash through the lane, three-point gunners Pangos and Bell should be freed up to shoot more.

I could go on and on about the possibilities that adding McClellan to this backcourt creates, but there will be plenty of time to discuss that as the season approaches.

I will say, however, that the theme that McClellan’s decision continues for the Zags is that of transfer athletes searching for a winning environment and a place to continue to grow their talents choosing to come play at Gonzaga.

This goes back to Kentucky transfer Kyle Wiltjer, who chose Gonzaga for its winning mentality and its ability to help him add strength to his finesse game, and Byron Wesley, who after three years of playing at USC, decided to come to Spokane because he wanted a chance to play competitive games in March.

Should this Gonzaga team be as successful as some analysts believe it can be, Mark Few may have a greater influx of talented basketball players in the vein of McClellan flocking to play in his system.

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