Statistics show that more than one player – on average – is likely to transfer out of a Division I men’s basketball program this year.
The ACC is almost half the way to that number, with five players already having declared their intentions to go elsewhere, the most prominent of whom is North Carolina State guard Rodney Purvis.
Purvis, who already has announced his choice of Connecticut, started 23 of 35 games for the Wolfpack this season and averaged 25.5 minutes.
Purvis played for an NCAA Tournament team at North Carolina State, but he actually played fewer minutes than Robert Brown, who has said he is leaving Virginia Tech.
Brown started 25 times in 31 games for the Hokies and played 27.3 minutes per game. He also averaged 8.3 points and dished out 66 assists, compared to Purvis’ 8.3 points per game and 45 assists.
(By the way, I have it on good authority, that Brown has a girlfriend is on the Tech volleyball team and that they have considered transferring to the same school).
The other scholarship players who have indicated they are leaving ACC schools to date are Wake Forest sophomore Chase Fischer, Clemson sophomore Bernard Sullivan and Georgia Tech sophomore Julian Royal.
The latter two make sense.
Sullivan, a 6-foot-8 forward, appeared in 28 of 31 games for Clemson this season, only two as a starter, and played 9.1 minutes per game. He averaged 1.8 points and 1.3 rebounds.
Royal, another 6-8 forward, appeared in 24 games for Georgia Tech, with no starts, and played 6.6 minutes per game. He averaged 1.7 points and 1.3 rebounds.
(Royal played at Milton High School in Alpharetta, Ga., also the alma mater of Virginia freshman forward Evan Nolte).
LESS OBVIOUS WAS the decision by Wake Forest’s Fischer, a long-range threat off the bench who attempted 83 3-pointers for Wake this season, connecting on 35 while scoring 4.5 points per game.
Fischer played 14.2 minutes per game, which was eighth on the team, but he was a shooting guard on a team that was losing leading scorer C.J. Harris (15.4 points per game) and his 310 field-goal attempts.
Fischer was one of Wake’s co-captains as a sophomore, so it’s unlikely that he was advised to leave. He becomes the ninth player to transfer out of the program in Jeff Bzdelik’s three seasons as coach, a figure that speaks for itself.
Fischer is from Ripley, W.Va., located less than 50 miles from Huntington, W.Va., home to Marshall University. Less likely would be a transfer to West Virginia University, given that Fischer is most likely a mid-major talent, although the Mountaineers need players.
ACCORDING TO THE LIST that Jeff Goodman and Jeff Borzello compile for CBSSports.com, West Virginia is going to lose a trio of underclassmen who are transferring – sophomore guards Aaron Brown and Jabarie Hinds, as well as sophomore forward Volo Gerun.
Gerun and Brown didn’t play very much but Hinds was third on the team in minutes per game and averaged 7.4 points.
Many of the names on the list were new to me, but the name of 7-1 Duquesne junior Martins Abele registered with me. Just as I remembered, the 295-pound Abele began his career at Radford after attending the Blue Ridge School northeast of Charlottesville.
Abele averaged 5.4 points and 5.1 rebounds as a freshman for Radford. He was able to play immediately for Duquesne in 2011-2012 because of the NCAA sanctions placed on Radford but subsequently was sidelined by the NCAA for impermissible summer-league participation.
Abele was second on Duquesne’s team in blocks this year with 19 but he started only three games of the 23 in which he appeared. He averaged 3.0 points and 3.1 rebounds.
GOODMAN AND BORZELLO’S research came up with 450 players who transferred out of Division I programs last year. Their first list for 2013 already has 100.
Here’s the link: http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/blog/eye-on-college-basketball/22007798/transfer-list-first-edition