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Rothstein: 20 impact transfers for the 2016-17 college basketball season

March 11, 2016: Nebraska Cornhuskers guard Andrew White III (3) during the men's Big Ten Tournament basketball game between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Maryland Terrapins at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN.  (Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire)
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Transfers have become a way of life for some programs in college basketball. Check out our list below as we identify 20 impact transfers heading into the 2016-17 college basketball season. In no particular order…

Semi Ojeleye, SMU: After transferring from Duke after a season and a half, Ojeleye redshirted last year which now gives him two full years of eligibility. The 6-8 forward is broad shouldered and exceptionally skilled. Don’t be shocked if this kid leads the Ponies’ in scoring in each of the next two seasons.

Kyle Washington, Cincinnati: Skilled lefty has a chance to be the best offensive big man that Mick Cronin has coached. The 6-9 Washington approaches every day like it’s his last and should give the Bearcats another all-conference front court player to go with Gary Clark.

Terry Larrier, UConn: Lanky forward was a top-40 recruit out of high school and should be foaming from the mouth after transferring from VCU. The 6-8 Larrier has great length and athleticism all while possessing the potential to be a terrific defensive player.

08 January 2015: Memphis Tigers forward Austin Nichols (#4) posts up during the American Athletic Conference college basketball game between the SMU Mustangs and the Memphis Tigers at Moody Coliseum in Dallas, Texas. SMU won the game 73-59.

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Austin Nichols, Virginia: Tony Bennett has done a masterful job building the Cavaliers’ program and the addition of Nichols will ensure that they stay right where they’ve been. A legitimate NBA prospect, Nichols has first-team All-ACC potential and is extremely efficient on offense, shooting 49.7 percent from the floor two years ago at Memphis while averaging 13.3 points and 6.1 rebounds.

Eric Paschall, Villanova: A redshirt year did wonders for this versatile forward, who completely altered his body while the Wildcats went on a run to the national championship. Two years after averaging 15.9 points and 5.5 rebounds at Fordham, the 6-7 Paschall is ready to make an immediate impact at Villanova.

RaShid Gaston, Xavier: How is Chris Mack going to replace Jalen Reynolds and James Farr up front? With this guy. A fifth-year senior with legitimate size (6-9, 240), Gaston should hit the ground running for the Musketeers after averaging 15.5 points and 9.4 rebounds two years ago at Norfolk State.

Marcus Foster, Creighton: Remember this guy? If you have, you’re forgetting about a guy that has a chance to be a first-team All-Big East performer next season. An underrated defender, the 6-3 Foster will give the Bluejays one of college basketball’s best back courts along with Maurice Watson.

Canyon Barry, Florida: The son of Rick Barry, this 6-6 wing averaged 19.7 points last season at Charleston. Canyon Barry should add major offensive pop for Florida, which needed another perimeter scoring threat to go with Kevaughn Allen.

Jordan Mathews, Gonzaga: Mark Few’s squad is a top-10 team entering next season because of this addition. The 6-3 Mathews made 89 three-point shots last year at Cal and should provide legitimate spacing on offense for both John Williams III (Missouri) and Przemek Karnowski.

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Nigel Williams-Goss, Gonzaga: A true “swiss army knife”, Williams-Goss can truly affect the game in a multitude of ways. The 6-3 guard averaged 15.6 points, 5.9 assists, and 4.7 rebounds two years ago at Washington and will be a terror for WCC opponents to match up with.

Cullen Neal, Ole Miss: Armed with great size for a guard at 6-5, Neal should flourish now that he’s out of the “fishbowl” at New Mexico. The son of Lobos’ head coach Craig Neal, Cullen Neal averaged 12.3 points last season and should form a potent back court for the Rebels along with Miami transfer Deandre Burnett.

Montaque Gill-Caesar, San Diego State: Steve Fisher has made a living out of interchangeable parts and he’s got another one in Gill-Caesar. The 6-6 wing averaged 9.0 points as a freshman in 2014-15 at Missouri and should be a force in the Mountain West.

John Gillon, Syracuse: Jim Boeheim needs a point guard for this season and Gillon will get a crack at the job. A graduate transfer from Colorado State, the 6-0 guard averaged 13.2 points and 3.8 assists last season.

Andrew White, Syracuse: A gifted offensive player, White averaged 16.6 points last season at Nebraska while making 87 shots from three-point range. Syracuse needed a quality wing to replace Malachi Richardson and that’s just what they got with White, who should provide the Orange with another quality perimeter threat next to freshman Tyus Battle.

Shelton Mitchell, Clemson: The 6-2 point guard logged an average of 20.0 minutes two years ago at Vanderbilt and should be an instant-impact guy in the ACC. Look for the Tigers to use both Mitchell and veteran floor general Avry Holmes on the floor together in spurts during the upcoming season.

Elijah Thomas, Clemson: Eligible in December, this former top-30 recruit should give Brad Brownell a legitimate low post option on offense. The 6-9 Thomas has soft hands and instincts that don’t show up on a scouting report. This was a major get for Clemson after Thomas decided to leave Texas A&M.

Josh Cunningham, Dayton: The 6-7 forward had 21 rebounds in a game two years ago at Bradley and had several high-major offers out of high school. Cunningham will be a fan favorite for the Flyers, who should be in position again to be the elite team in the Atlantic 10.

B.J. Johnson, La Salle: A native of Philadelphia, Johnson will get an opportunity to do in his home city what he couldn’t do at Syracuse — be the alpha dog. Look for Dr. John Giannini to use the 6-7 forward at multiple spots en route to what should be a bounce back season for La Salle.

January 14 2015: Pittsburgh Panthers Guard Josh Newkirk (13) dribbles the ball up court during the first half of the game between the Florida State Seminoles and the Pittsburgh Panthers at the Petersen Event Center in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.

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Josh Newkirk, Indiana: The 6-1 point guard has cheetah-like speed in the open floor and should be a menace defensively. Newkirk battled injuries during the tail end of his career at Pitt, but should be a suitable replacement for Yogi Ferrell at the most important position on the floor.

Anthony Livingston, Texas Tech: The top graduate transfer available this past spring, Livingston has a chance to be one of the best newcomers in the Big 12. A 6-8, 230 pound power forward with seasoning, Livingston averaged 15.5 points and 9.4 rebounds last year at Arkansas State.

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