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Top transfers for 2009-10 season

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As part of our ongoing preseason college basketball guide for the 2009-10 season, we'll examine the impact transfers eligible to play this season.

2009-10 preview

Roy Halladay Can't wait for the college hoops season to start? We get you ready for 2009-10 with our preseason guide HERE.
There are plenty of guys who will play an integral role in college hoops this year, including Tyler Hansbrough's kid brother. If we happened to have forgot about someone, please e-mail Jeff Goodman at jngoodman@aol.com.

Top high-major transfers

1. Wesley Johnson, 6-7 ½, 210, F, Jr., Syracuse: Don't be surprised if the former Iowa State forward winds up being the team's top player. Johnson averaged 12.4 points while playing with an injured ankle his sophomore season at Iowa State but is ideal for Jim Boeheim's system. 2. Jordan Crawford, 6-4, 195, G, Soph., Xavier: Best-known for his dunk over LeBron in July, the ex-Indiana guard is expected to emerge as the Musketeers' go-to offensive threat quickly. 3. Elliot Williams, 6-4, 180, G, Soph., Memphis: He started the last part of the season as a freshman at Duke but transferred to Memphis and was granted a waiver and will be able to play this season for first-year coach Josh Pastner. Williams is a big-time athlete who will make a major impact immediately for the Tigers. 4. Tony Freeman, 6-1, 195, G, Sr., Southern Illinois: He's the ideal type of guard that Salukis coach Chris Lowery loves, but it's just too bad that he'll only have one season in Carbondale after playing three seasons at Iowa. He led the Hawkeyes in scoring two years ago. 5. Ben Hansbrough, 6-3, 205, G, Jr., Notre Dame: Tyler's little brother left Mississippi State after two seasons. He averaged 10.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists as a sophomore and will start immediately for the Fighting Irish. 6. Vernon Macklin, 6-10, 240, C, Jr., Florida: Things didn't work out for the McDonald's All-American at Georgetown, but the Gators will plug him in the middle. While he may not be a big-timer scorer in the post, he'll help in that area and also on the boards. 7. Derrick Jasper, 6-6, 215, G, Jr., UNLV: He would have been Kentucky's starting point guard last season and Billy Gillispie might still have his job and John Calipari could very well be back in Memphis if he hadn't left the Wildcats without a competent floor leader. Multi-dimensional guard will help the Rebels. 8. Herb Pope, 6-8, 235, PF, Jr., Seton Hall: The talented, yet enigmatic big man averaged 11.1 points and 6.8 boards at New Mexico State. If he stays out of trouble, he could be one of the Big East's top big men. 9. Jai Lucas, 5-11, 170, PG, Jr., Texas: The Longhorns had an unsettled point guard situation last season, and now Dogus Balbay will have some competition from the former Florida floor leader, who won't be eligible until after the first semester. 10. Derrick Caracter, 6-8, 290, PF-C, Jr., UTEP: I couldn't resist putting the ex-Louisville flameout on the list — even though my gut tells me I shouldn't have. The former high school star hasn't fulfilled the potential, and he's got one last shot with Tony Barbee at UTEP. 11. Alex Stepheson, 6-9, 235, PF-C, Jr., USC: He left North Carolina for more playing time and to be closer to home — and he'll get his wish. He's athletic, has size and will become a big-time player under defensive-minded new coach Kevin O'Neill. 12. Curtis Kelly, 6-8, 250, PF, Jr., Kansas State: He didn't get a ton of run at UConn, but that should change in Manhattan. 13. Malcolm Grant, 6-1, 185, G, Soph., Miami: After hardly playing at Villanova, Grant will start at the point for Frank Haith and the 'Canes. 14. Taylor King, 6-7, 225, F, Soph., Villanova: The former Dookie will give the Wildcats a perimeter shooter. 15. Jeremiah Rivers, 6-5, 210, G, Jr., Indiana: Doc's oldest son made the switch after being a role guy at Georgetown for his first two seasons. 16. Zisis Sarikopolous, 7-0, 266, C, Soph., Ohio State: The big man from Greece played sparingly at UAB as a freshman, but he was a force in the U18 European Championships and should help Thad Matta this season. 17. Ekpe Udoh, 6-10, 240, PF/C, Jr., Baylor: He left Michigan after one season under John Beilein. He's long and athletic and should fit in well with Scott Drew's up-tempo system. 18. Keon Lawrence, 6-2, 175, G, Jr., Seton Hall: He's talented, but like his teammate, Herb Pope, Lawrence will need to learn how to be a good team guy both on and off the court. 19. Chace Stanback, 6-8, 210, SF, Soph., UNLV: He didn't play much at UCLA his freshman season but should get plenty of minutes in Las Vegas. 20. Anthony Crater, 6-1, 170, PG, Soph., South Florida: He wasn't satisfied with his playing time at Ohio State, so he up and left after one season. He should be running the show for Stan Heath this season.

Top mid-major transfers

1. Drew Viney, 6-7, 210, F, Soph., Loyola Marymount: He missed most of his freshman season at Oregon but will be a star in the West Coast Conference for Max Good. 2. Todd O'Brien, 6-11, 230, PF, Soph., Saint Joseph's: He averaged 4.6 points and 4.3 boards as a freshman at Bucknell. 3. Shamari Spears, 6-6, 240, BF, Soph., Charlotte: He was third on Boston College's team in scoring as a sophomore. 4. Sean Carter, UMass, 6-9, 225, C, Soph., UMass: He started nine games as a freshman at Oregon State and will fill a need down low for the Minutemen. 5. Armon Bassett, 6-2, 180, G, Jr., Ohio: He was basically booted out of Indiana and UAB, but he gets another chance for John Groce at the mid-major level. 6. Tyrone Shelley, 6-6, 220, G, Soph., San Diego State: He's a big, strong guard who averaged a team-high 15.1 points at Pepperdine as a freshman. 7. Steffan Johnson, 6-1, 170, PG, Sr., Idaho: He left Pacific due to an off-the-court incident and should step right in and be a major impact guy at Idaho. 8. Orlando Johnson, 6-5, 205, G, Soph., UC Santa Barbara: He led Loyola Marymount in both scoring and rebounding as a freshman. 9. Xavier Silas, 6-5, 200, G, Jr., Northern Illinois: He averaged 9.7 points his sophomore year at University of Colorado. He followed his former coach, Ricardo Patton. 10. Denzel Bowles, 6-9, 250, F, Soph., James Madison: He barely played in his redshirt freshman season at Texas A&M, but he returns closer to home and should be a standout for Matt Brady.
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