15 JuCo Transfers To Know
Transfers who will impact college basketball this season.
Junior college players don’t get nearly as much notoriety as their high school/AAU counterparts in the recruiting world, but they play an integral part in shaping up many mid- and high-major Division I rosters.
With the first official day of NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball practice only three months away, it’s time to take a look at 15 junior college transfers who will have a strong impact on the DI landscape during the ‘11-12 season.
Pierre Jackson, College of Southern Idaho | 5-10 / PG | Signed: Baylor
Jackson is an ultra quick point guard from Desert Pines HS (Las Vegas, NV) who can really score and distribute the ball. Jackson is very athletic and excels in transition. He sees the court well and is difficult to handle coming off ball screens. He led College of Southern Idaho to a National Championship and was named tournament MVP. Jackson was also named NJCAA DI Player of the Year. Enough said.
Jeremy Jones, Seward Community College | 6-1 / PG/SG | Signed: Kansas State
Jones had high-majors lining up to see him all season at Seward CC. The Chicago native put up 21 points per game at powerhouse Chicago Simeon HS. At Seward he averaged 18 points and 4 rebounds per game. Look for him to step in and contribute immediately for Frank Martin and K-State.
Tyrus McGee, Cowley County CC | 6-2 / SG | Signed: Iowa State
McGee is a smooth guard who strokes it from the perimeter. He made 115 threes on the season and shot 48 percent from behind the arc. McGee was one of the best shooters in the country last season and averaged 20 points per game. Iowa State is getting a pure shooter in McGee.
Nurideen Lindsay, Redlands Community College | 6-4 / PG | Signed: St. John’s
Lindsay is a high scoring guard who will bring instant offense to St. John’s this season. He averaged 22 points per game this year at Redlands CC. Many remember him from his high school days in Philadelphia, where he averaged 38 points per game as a junior. He then took two years off due to the death of a close friend and his younger brother. Lindsay has resurfaced at Redlands, leading them to the NJCAA National Tournament. He will have three years of eligibility at St. John’s.
Sam Grooms, Chipola College | 6-1 / PG | Signed: Oklahoma
Sam Grooms gave new head coach Lon Kruger and the Oklahoma Sooners their first commitment with the new staff in place. Grooms was one of the most sought after point guards throughout the year. He has an excellent frame and a very high basketball IQ. His game should translate well and he should have an immediate impact.
De’End Parker, City College of San Francisco | 6-5 / PG/SG | Signed: UCLA
Parker, who originally committed to Cal before changing his mind, is a big combo guard with an impressive all-around game. His size allows him to see the court and distribute with ease when running the point. He is explosive getting to the basket and has the ability to knock down the three. He should step in and get solid minutes early on for Ben Howland.
Anthony Hubbard, Frederick Community College | 6-5 / SF | Signed: Iowa
Hubbard is a physical specimen who is at his best when he is attacking the rim. He has great hands and sees the floor well. Hubbard saw his stock skyrocket late last season at Frederick. Hubbard averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds while shooting 61 percent from the field. His frame and ability to get to the rim and play through contact should allow for a smooth transition from JuCo to the Big 10.
Carl Hall, NW Florida State | 6-8 / PF | Signed: Wichita State
Wichita State was able to land one of the best junior college post players in the country. Hall was named player of the year in the Panhandle Conference, one of the best junior college conferences in the country. He is a very skilled post player whose game should translate nicely to the DI level. Hall averaged 17 points and 9 rebounds while shooting nearly 60 percent from the field last season.
Keith DeWitt, Chipola College| 6-10 / PF | Signed: Southern Miss
Dewitt is an extremely athletic forward with a long, thin frame. He moves very well for his size and loves to get out on the break and finish above the rim. DeWitt had a lot of high-major interest, but chose Southern Miss.
Cheikh Mbodji, Grayson County College | 6-9 / PF | Signed: Cincinnati
Mbodji is a skilled big man with an athletic frame, good hands and a soft touch around the rim. He has the ability to face the basket and attack the rim. He will definitely add some more size and depth to Cincinnati’s front line.
Stan Simpson, John A. Logan College | 6-10/PF/C | Signed: Memphis
Simpson is a skilled big who had interest from many high-majors across the country. He runs the court well and has good hands. He gets to the line four times a night and has a soft touch. Simpson needs to improve his motor to have a big impact at Memphis. He transferred to John A. Logan from the University of Illinois. At Illinois, he redshirted one year and played sparingly during his freshman campaign.
Carlos Emory, Howard College | 6-6 / SF | Signed: Oregon
Emory is an extremely athletic forward who dunks everything around the rim. He has developed his handle and jumper more this season, which will be needed to play the 3 spot for the Ducks. Emory’s strength and athletic ability make up for his lack of size in the paint and allow him to finish with contact. He averaged 16 points and 7 rebounds per game last season at Howard College in Texas.
Dylan Talley, Blinn College | 6-5 / SG/SF | Signed: Nebraska
Talley is a big-time scorer who finished up sixth in the country in scoring last season at Blinn (22.3 ppg). Talley loves to mix it up offensively. He can stroke it from the perimeter, but knows how to use his frame to get to the rim and create contact. Talley got to the line 244 times in 30 games this season. This is a big pick up for Doc Sadler and Nebraska. Talley chose the Huskers over LSU, USC, Seton Hall and Tennessee to name a few.
Philip Jurick, Chattanooga State | 6-11 / C | Signed: Oklahoma State
Jurick has a large frame and moves very well for his size. He is fairly skilled on the offensive end, but his biggest asset is his shot blocking ability. Jurick averaged an astounding 9.5 blocks per game last season, which was good for number one in the country.
Moussa Gueye, Lake Land College | 7- 0 / C | Signed: Alabama
Gueye is a legit 7-footer who possesses great strength and a solid skill set. He will bring a defensive presence to the Crimson Tide due to his ability to block and alter shots. He had a nagging injury to begin the ‘10-11 season. After the injury healed, Gueye chose to sit the remainder of the season to save his year of eligibility. He will have three years of eligibility remaining. He chose Alabama over USC, Texas and Indiana.
Brad Winton is a former college/pro coach. He runs JucoRecruiting.com as well as a scouting service that provides recruiting information to colleges and universities. Follow him on Twitter @jucorecruiting. Email Brad at firstname.lastname@example.org.