- Scott Powers, ESPN Staff Writer
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Here’s a look at five college basketball transfers who could be impact players for Illinois programs this season:
Kelsey Barlow, UIC, guard, redshirt senior
Barlow, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard, has the potential to be one of the top players in the Horizon League this season. He sat out last season after transferring from Purdue. He started 22 games for the Boilermakers during the 2011-12 season and averaged 8.3 pints, 3.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists.
Milton Doyle, Loyola, guard, redshirt freshman
Doyle, a 6-foot-4 combo guard, departed Kansas after a short period and transferred to Loyola. He sat out last season. He is dealing with an injury now, but he is expected to contribute for the Ramblers when healthy this season. He averaged 19 points, five assists and five steals as a high school senior at Marshall in Chicago.
Sandi Marcius, DePaul, forward, redshirt senior
Marcius, a 6-foot-10, 255-pound power forward, utilized the NCAA’s graduate student waiver rule and transferred to DePaul from Purdue for his final season. Marcius should provide the Blue Demons some needed interior play. He led Purdue in blocks six times and rebounds once last season. He had 10 rebounds, including six offensive, and two blocks in the Blue Demons’ win over Lewis on Tuesday.
Rayvonte Rice, Illinois, guard, redshirt junior
Rice, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard, should be able to help the Illini replace the scoring void left by D.J. Richardson and Brandon Paul. Rice sat out last season after transferring from Drake. He was a second-team All-Missouri Valley pick for the 2011-2012 season and led Drake with 16.8 points per game.
Jordan Threloff, Northern Illinois, center, redshirt junior
Threloff, 6-foot-9, 255-pound center, received a waiver and is eligible this season after transferring from Illinois State. He wasn’t used a whole lot with the Redbirds, but he should have a bigger role at Northern Illinois. He was one of the state’s better big men coming out of high school and is believed to have a lot of upside left. He redshirted his first year at Illinois State.