Which JUCO transfers are set to have a major impact next season in college basketball? Check out our list of 15 below. In no particular order…
Bashir Ahmed, St. John’s: A New York native, Ahmed was the top-ranked junior-college prospect in the country by virtually every recruiting service. A big wing with a tight handle at 6-7, Ahmed should lead the Red Storm in scoring next season en route to potentially becoming the top newcomer in the Big East.
Daryl Macon, Arkansas: 6-3 guard was a potent scorer last season in junior college and should have a chance to be an immediate starter for the Razorbacks. Macon scored over 30 in five separate games a year ago and shot 37.9 percent from three-point range. His presence should alleviate some of the perimeter pressure on Dusty Hannahs.
Jaylen Barford, Arkansas: Like Macon, Barford will be an instant impact guy in Fayetteville. A first-team junior college All-American, this combo guard averaged 26.2 points last season and scored in double-figures in 31 of 32 games. Barford will quickly become a household name at Bud Walton Arena.
Kavell Bigby-Williams, Oregon: Just when you thought the Ducks’ front court couldn’t get any better, it just did. Oregon already had three lethal baseline pieces in Dillon Brooks, Chris Boucher, and Jordan Bell, but Bigby-Williams will add some extra size and girth. This is one of the more under-the-radar additions in the Pac-12.
Donovan Jackson, Iowa State: 6-2 point guard will give Steve Prohm a fourth capable guard to play alongside Monte Morris, Naz Long, and Matt Thomas. Jackson was recruited by several high-major programs before ultimately picking the Cyclones.
Devin Davis, Houston: Former Indiana big man is set to be the Cougars’ starting power forward in 16-17. Davis owns high-major experience and always possessed a high motor. This kid will have two productive years in the American Athletic Conference.
Freddie McSwain, Indiana: A freak athlete, McSwain has the type of physical tools that the Hoosiers lost when Troy Williams left school early for the NBA. Tom Crean has always loved to coach versatile players that can play multiple positions and that’s just what he’s getting with McSwain. At 6-6, look for Crean to use this JUCO transfer like a Queen on a chessboard next season.
Niem Stevenson, Texas Tech: There’s two words to describe Stevenson: bucket getter. Fearless at 6-5, Stevenson averaged 24.7 points last season at Seward Community College and shot 51.1 percent from the floor. If the Red Raiders are to reach the NCAA Tournament in Chris Beard’s first season in Lubbock, Stevenson will be a major reason why.
Braian Angola-Rodas, Florida State: Leonard Hamilton needed a replacement for Malik Beasley and he’s got just that in Angola-Rodas. A junior-college All-American, this kid may be the best ACC newcomer that nobody’s talking about. Angola-Rodas averaged 21.4 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 4.3 assists last season.
Emmitt Holt, Providence: 6-7 forward has a chance to be an immediate starter for the Friars following the loss of Ben Bentil to the NBA. Holt was a capable role player at Indiana before eventually transferring to junior college and should aid in Providence’s rebuilding efforts.
C.J. Jackson, Ohio State: The Buckeyes desperately need another capable ball handling guard to emerge so JaQuan Lyle can slide to the wing and Jackson could be that guy. This kid doesn’t have to be great; he just has to be solid. If that happens, Lyle and the entire Ohio State program should benefit at a high level.
Jonathan Mulmore, Georgetown: John Thompson III doesn’t usually turn to the junior college route for help and that should tell you what he thinks of Mulmore. A jet in the open floor, this 6-4 guard can score the ball and will add some much needed burst to the Hoyas in 16-17.
Justas Furmanavicius, Ole Miss: A stretch four with legitimate defensive versatility, this Lithuanian import should start for the Rebels next season at power forward. With Cullen Neal and Deandre Burnett set to shoulder a large chunk of minutes in the Ole Miss back court, look for the 6-7 Furmanavicius to have pick-and-pop opportunities with regularity.
Connor MacDougall, New Mexico: Former Arizona State big man had high-major interest before committing to the Lobos. This should be a great insurance policy up front for Craig Neal behind both Tim Williams and Obij Aget.
Darrlyn Willis, Wichita State: Gregg Marshall has been a master with junior-college kids during his time with the Shockers and he’s got another good one in Willis. The 6-8 power forward spurned several power-five programs to come to Wichita State and should be an immediate contributor this season.
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.