When a team loses a lot of talent to graduation or the NBA the rebuild process may be a difficult one. Something coaches utilize to help ease the process are transfer players who have experience under their belt and are looking to get their basketball career's back on track. There were a handful of talented transfer's this offseason, and some of which can make an immediate impact for their new school. Here are four transfer students who will be impactful for their new team's in 2017-18.
4. Geno Thorpe - Syracuse
Geno Thorpe is joining Syracuse as a graduate transfer after spending one year with South Florida. In 2016-17 Thorpe posted career high's across the stat sheet, contributing 15.1 points per game alongside 4.6 assists and 2.9 rebounds. Thorpe will provide Syracuse with an experienced shooter after the like of Tyler Lydon, Andrew White III and John Gillon moved on from the program.
3. Elijah Brown - Oregon
Oregon lost a ton of talent to the NBA this year, and while they did solid work on the recruiting field they needed more in order to remain competitive. They got just that with Elijah Brown the graduate transfer from New Mexico. He scores in volume, posting 18.8 points per game, draining 39.7 percent of his field goal attempts. He will provide experience for an Oregon team that is significantly younger than last year.
2. Cam Johnson - North Carolina
Cam Johnson was one of the more sought after transfer athletes this offseason and he landed with the NCAA Championship winners, North Carolina. The former Pittsburgh standout will remain in the ACC with the Tar Heels and likely contribute towards what they hope will be another championship season. Johnson posted scored 11.9 points per game last season on an efficient 44.9 percent shooting.
1. Malik Newman - Kansas
Malik Newman spent all of last year with the Jayhawks, though ineligible to play for the team. He learned their offense and has become familiar with the program which will be valuable as he prepares for his Kansas debut. Newman last played in 2015-16 for Mississippi State and scored 11.3 points per game, knocking down 2.1 three-pointers per contest. The Jayhawks lost Frank Mason amongst others to the NBA Draft and Newman will be a valuable replacement.