Ranking top 15 transfers for 2012-13
There is an epidemic in college basketball that has the ability to decimate a team's roster or be a lifeline that propels a team to the next level: transferring players.
Last season, more than 450 players transferred in order to get a fresh start, find a new role and, in most cases, get more playing time. Prior to the NCAA granting waivers -- to players from institutions ineligible for postseason play, to players who needed to be closer to their homes due to a family emergency or to players who earned their undergraduate degrees but had a year of playing eligibility remaining -- the only transfers eligible to play immediately were junior college players who had earned their degrees.
Coaches across all levels of college basketball now hold scholarships for the late-signing period, with the expectation that players who could be immediately eligible will become available.
Here's a look at my list of the 15 most influential transfers heading into this season, including players eligible to play immediately and those who had to sit out last season:
1. Alex Oriakhi, F, Missouri TigersFormer team: Connecticut Huskies
No coach in the country has been more active in the transfer market than Missouri's Frank Haith. With a roster decimated by graduating seniors, Haith has acquired three transfer players who are eligible at the start of this season -- all of whom will be counted on for the Tigers in their first season in the SEC.
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