Transferring from a school can happen for so many reasons - whether it be wanting to go closer to home, family issues, or simply not getting enough playing time at their current program.
With the 2013-2014 season entering the final weekend, all but four teams will be looking to build a team that is capable of playing into this weekend next year. Although the players making the decision to go to the NBA get the most attention, as they should, the effect of players transferring from or to your program can't go unnoticed.
Unfortunately for Steve Lavin and St. John's, this transfer period hasn't been a good one for them.
They lost their second leading scorer and reigning Big East Rookie of the Year in Jakarr Sampson to the NBA.
Their sharpshooter, Max Hooper, who was unable to earn time under Lavin in his one year for the Red Storm is transferring to what will be his third school. He is expected to graduate in May, and will be eligible to play right away.
It got worse yesterday afternoon, when multiple reports indicated sophomore shot-blocking sensation Chris Obekpa will be transferring as well. The Daily News has also reported that Baylor and UCLA have interest in the 6'9'' Nigerian. Now St. John's is very slim at the front line only having red-shirt sophomore Christian Jones.
Here are a few players on the transfer list that seem to have high-major potential. And maybe, just maybe, they're on Lavin's radar...
Tyler Lewis: The former NC State point guard who came along as the conference season went on for the Wolfpack. He started the last 14 games and helped them go to a NCAA Tournament. However, as quickly as he announced he would be transferring, he might be off the market right away. He visited Butler 48 hours after his announcement and said, "The visit went great, and I could definitely see myself playing there." He will have to sit out a year.
Matt Carlino: He will be leaving BYU after three years in Provo. The Arizona native averaged 13.7 points and 4.3 assists per contest. He plans on graduating in June and will be eligible to play right away. He ranks in the top ten in BYU basketball history in assists, steals, and 3-pointers. He is currently looking at Oklahoma State, Purdue, UCLA, Pitt and Memphis.
Bryce Dejean-Jones: Here is another player that will be going to his third college in his career. He started at USC, did two years at UNLV, and now is searching for a third. He was the leading scorer for a UNLV team that had high expectations going into this year. He was also suspended for the final game of the year by head coach Dave Rice. He has been recruited by Kentucky, Cincinnati, UCLA, Florida State, and Arizona State. Along with that, Iowa State has scheduled him for a visit on April 11th.
Eron Harris: Arguably the best transfer on the market, coming from West Virginia. He averaged 17 points per contest for Bob Huggins and the Mountaineers. He is the 11th recruit out of 16 to leave in the last three years. That's an interesting stat. Harris being from Indianapolis is reported to be looking to get a little closer to home.
Sean Obi: Despite being one of the top freshman in the Conference USA at Rice, Obi decided to leave new coach Mike Rhoades to pursue his career somewhere else. The 6'9'' center from Nigeria averaged 11 and 9 as a space eater in the paint and was one of the country's best defensive rebounders per-minute. Obi is a wide load who isn't afraid of contact in the paint.
Anthony Lee: He is near the top along with Harris at the top of the transfer list. Coming from Temple, Lee who ate up a ton of minutes for the Owls. He has chosen to go to Ohio State, and will be eligible to play right away with a lot of freshmen coming in for Thad Matta.
M.J. Rhett: This is a guy who is flying under the radar, but will be a nice get whoever lands him. Rhett is a guy that improved and took advantage of his increase of minutes every year at Tennessee State. He nearly averaged a double-double this year and will be eligible right away next year. He already has taken a visit to Oklahoma State, yet other teams interested are Tulane, Arizona State, Miami, Tennessee, and Ole Miss.
Are there any transfers you would like to see in red and white?