Commentary

All-Marco Polo performers make impact

Updated: November 21, 2011, 5:07 PM ET
By Dick Vitale | ESPN.com

Early in the college basketball season, we have seen a number of All-Marco Polo performers making a difference all across America.

Players transfer for various reasons. Some want more playing time, while others want to be closer to home. After sitting out one season in most cases, players come out with a renewed enthusiasm and energy.

At the 2K Sports Classic benefitting Coaches vs. Cancer, Mississippi State big man Arnett Moultrie was named Most Outstanding Player by dominated against Arizona. Moultrie transferred from UTEP, where he was already a solid player. He is capable of being a difference-maker for Rick Stansbury's team.

Royce White of Iowa State was tabbed as the preseason Big 12 Newcomer of the Year. The Cyclones are coached by The Mayor, Fred Hoiberg, and he is the new Father Flanagan of college coaching. He has transfers all over the place, and White is the creme de la creme of that group.

Billy Donovan has a deep group in the backcourt and the addition of Mike Rosario from Rutgers is a major positive. Rosario has great quickness and blends in well with veterans Kenny Boynton and Erving Walker, as well as diaper dandy Brad Beal.

Nebraska coach Doc Sadler is happy to have former LSU guard Bo Spencer in his backcourt. He had 22 big points in a win over USC.

Out at UNLV, Mike Moser got off to a good start this season. The transfer from UCLA is capable of helping the Runnin Rebels challenge in the Mountain West.

Colorado added an impact player in Carlon Brown, who came over from Utah. He will make some noise in the Pac-12.

This is a season where a number of transfers will have an impact. My super six has already done some damage early on.

Dick Vitale

College Basketball analyst
Dick Vitale, college basketball's top analyst and ambassador, joined ESPN during the 1979-80 season. His thorough knowledge of the game is brought forth in an enthusiastic, passionate style. Vitale also contributes columns to ESPN.com.