Transferring in college basketball has become far more the norm than the exception in recent years with players jumping from one school to another at an alarming rate. Arizona State, the University of Arizona and Grand Canyon University have all added key transfers recently.
Shooting guard Jermaine Marshall helped the Sun Devils get back into the NCAA tournament during his one season in Tempe. UofA senior point guard T.J. McConnell was a key piece in the Wildcats 2013-14 Elite Eight run, while GCU senior forward Daniel Alexander has been a top scorer for the ‘Lopes since transferring in from Texas A&M late in 2012.
There are several players with Arizona ties, both on the high school and collegiate level, changing addresses this fall. Below are their names with their former schools in parenthesis followed by their new destination if announced.
Ryan Anderson (Boston College) UofA
Drew Bender (Pinnacle HS/Rice) Northern Colorado
K.J. Bluford (Iowa State) NAU
Matt Carlino (Gilbert Highland HS/BYU) Marquette
Eric Conklin (Chaparral HS/UofA)
Justin Foreman (GCU) Central Arkansas
Brandan Kearney (ASU)
Egor Koulechov (ASU) Rice
Jeff Lowery (Desert Vista HS/GCU) Central Arkansas
Travis Meeker (Mesa Red Mountain HS/NAU) Phoenix College
Akachi Okugo (GCU)
Danny Powell (Desert Vista HS/Eastern Washington) Arizona Christian
Calaen Robinson (Corona Del Sol HS/ASU) Portland State
Dewayne Russell (Peoria HS/NAU) GCU
Keonta Vernon (Wyoming) NAU
Javion Watson (Long Beach State) Central Arizona College
Royce Woolridge (Sunnyslope HS/Washington State) GCU
Jake Zuilhof (GCU)
ESPN.com’s Jeff Goodman compiled a complete list here.