We know about the top transfers that will be in bold print entering next season, but what about some lesser names that could have a significant impact? Check out our list below as we highlight 20 under-the-radar transfers heading into the 2016-17 college basketball season. In no particular order…
Manu Lecomte, Baylor: Slithery floor general had two solid years at Miami before transferring to Waco. The game never gets too fast for this 5-11 Belgium native, who should be Baylor’s starting point guard for the next two seasons.
Shannon Evans, Arizona State: The 6-1 guard played very well this past summer at Adidas Nations and should be an immediate starter for the Sun Devils next season. Evans averaged 15.4 points and 4.6 assists two years ago at Buffalo when Bobby Hurley led the Bulls to the NCAA Tournament.
Junior Etou, Tulsa: Frank Haith is bullish on this versatile forward, who sat out last season after transferring from Rutgers. With Etou now in tow, Tulsa should have two all-conference players with both he and guard Pat Birt.
Stanford Robinson, Rhode Island: Indiana transfer will be the Rams’ “sixth starter” this season. A shifty guard that can play multiple positions, the 6-4 Robinson will ensure that Dan Hurley won’t miss a beat this season when he puts in his first reserve.
Pookie Powell, La Salle: 6-0 point guard earned raved reviews during his redshirt year and now he’ll be charged with leading the Explorers back to relevancy in the Atlantic 10. Powell never found comfort during one year at Memphis, but should quickly be a household name in North Philadelphia.
Tony Hicks, Louisville: Rick Pitino has already raved about Hicks’ defense and that means that this former Penn guard is going to win the heart of his Hall-of-Fame head coach. A 6-2 guard with extreme quickness, Hicks averaged in double-figures during each of his three years at Penn.
Marcquise Reed, Clemson: Reed doesn’t come from the same pedigree as the other transfers that Brad Brownell is adding this season (Elijah Thomas, Shelton Mitchell), but he’s more accomplished as a college player. The 6-4 guard averaged 15.1 points two years ago at Robert Morris on a team that lost to Duke in the NCAA Tournament.
Avery Woodson, Butler: Chris Holtmann needed to add a legitimate shot maker after losing Kellen Dunham and he’s got just that with Woodson. A graduate transfer from Memphis, the 6-2 guard averaged 9.6 points last season while making 77 three-point shots and shooting 43.0 percent from long distance.
L.G. Gill, Maryland: The Terps will lose four starters from last year’s team that reached the Sweet 16 and Gill adds some much needed experience. An import from Duquesne, the 6-7 forward averaged 10.1 points and 6.5 rebounds last season.
Torin Dorn, NC State: The 6-6 wing may be the most underrated transfer in the country. Dorn averaged 12.0 points two years ago at Charlotte and has a chance to start for a team that has a real chance to return to the NCAA Tournament.
Deandre Burnett, Ole Miss: Burnett got caught in a numbers game at Miami, but that won’t happen with the Rebels. The 6-2 guard will be one of the better scoring guards in the SEC over the next few years and should form a potent perimeter combo with New Mexico transfer Cullen Neal.
Jacorey Williams, Middle Tennessee: Former Arkansas forward has a chance to be one of the best front court players in Conference-USA this season. The 6-8 Williams can run the floor and finish in transition. This was a quality get for Kermit Davis and the Blue Raiders.
Jaron Hopkins, Fresno State: How will the Bulldogs replace Marvelle Harris and Julien Lewis on the wings? This guy. Hopkins never got a chance to play consistent minutes at Colorado, but that definitely won’t be the case at Fresno State. This 6-6 transfer is hidden gem in the Mountain West.
Marcus Marshall, Nevada: Marshall averaged 19.9 points two years ago at Missouri State and has first-team all-conference talent. For Nevada to compete for an NCAA bid, it needs the 6-3 Marshall to be the dynamic scorer that he’s been in the past.
Max Hoetzel, San Diego State: Steve Fisher told me that Hoetzel developed into the Aztecs’ best offensive rebounder during his redshirt year. The 6-8 wing never got regular playing time at Indiana, but he’ll be a welcome addition to Viejas Arena.
Rodney Pryor, Georgetown: The Hoyas need to be quicker than they were last season if they hope to return to the NCAA Tournament and Pryor should immediately help in that area. The 6-5 wing is elusive in the open floor and can really score. Pryor averaged 16.8 points over the past two seasons at Robert Morris.
Merrill Holden, Iowa State: The Cyclones lost two cult heroes when Georges Niang and Jameel McKay each used up their eligibility after last season. It says here that the 6-8 Holden is likely to play a heavy role next season for Iowa State after averaging 8.1 points and 5.0 rebounds last season at Louisiana Tech.
Grant Mullins, Cal: A graduate transfer from Columbia, Mullins knows what he’s good at and is good at what he knows. This was a sneaky good addition for the Bears, who should benefit from Mullins’ experience, scoring (13.3 points in 15-16), and basketball IQ.
Derrick White, Colorado: Tad Boyle loves this 6-5 wing, who is a Division II transfer from CU Colorado Springs. Expect White — who averaged 25.8 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 5.2 assists two years ago — to make a major impact for the Buffaloes
David Collette, Utah: The Utes need another front court piece to emerge alongside Kyle Kuzma and that could be Collete. The 6-8, 220-pound forward averaged 12.8 points and 5.0 rebounds during the 2014-15 season at Utah State.
Jon Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and is the lead college basketball columnist for the FanRag Sports Network. He is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks, which is available via iTunes. Rothstein is also a regular in-studio correspondent for both WFAN and CBS Sports Radio. He currently lives in Manhattan.