According to CBS Sports after the 2011-12 men’s college basketball season 445 players transferred to other schools. There are approximately 4140 players with around 345 teams in division I men’s college basketball making that around 10.7% that transferred. I do not see this as a major problem but still 445 players is a lot. According to CBS’ Jeff Goodman that number will go up to about 500 players in 2013 making that a 2% increase.
The majority of transfers are what is considered "up-transfers". This basically means players that upgrade teams or conferences for example former Mississippi State basketball player, Rodney Hood who transferred to Duke in 2012. Another example is transferring from an off the map school to elite mid-majors like Butler and Gonzaga. The one major drawback to transferring is sitting out one full season (unless the NCAA grants a special exception which is rare) Hood will become eligible to play in the 2013-14 college basketball season.
Graduate Players with playing eligibility left can take advantage of the graduate loophole that currently exists without having to sit out a full season. Please keep in mind that this is a one-time exception. When in reference to big four tobacco road schools, former NC State college basketball player Alex Johnson used this last season after graduating from CS-Bakersfield as well as former UNC basketball player Justin Knox, who used this loophole during the 2010-11 season after graduating from the University of Alabama.
According to SI’s Luke Winn (Inside College Basketball July 18, 2012), Up-Transfers account for about 6% of the overall transfer pool but they are the most important! Now In my opinion they are more aggressively recruited than most high school seniors because they give college basketball teams experienced players for their rotational needs. Also with a list as large as 445 transfers you have to have a way of narrowing down the list because all the players on that list are not good players. You cannot teach experience and that is the major upside for these transfers. Next season Rodney Hood (Duke) will probably fall right into a starting role due to experience and rotational needs.
The transfer culture mainly begins in High School because a large number of players transfer out from schools rather than gain valuable life experience by finding solutions to problems by facing them and not running. Although a lot of college basketball coaches don’t like the present "Transfer Culture", but with pressure of keeping a winning tradition in place or providing a winning one, they would be very foolish not to capitalize on it!
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