Each year Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com releases his list of men's basketball players that plan to transfer. This year the list sports almost 300 names, with 19 players from New England schools. While most of the players listed are younger, less established players who will move to smaller schools or even Division II or Division III schools in search of more playing time, several players included were key contributors to their team this past season.
Oriakhi is the biggest name of the group and the least surprising; despite a down year that saw him in Jim Calhoun's doghouse for much of the year, he still managed to start 28 games and is drawing attentions from some of the top programs in the country. Humphrey was a much bigger surprise, while he didn't make as big of an impact as everyone expected in his first year as an Eagles, he still finished as the team's second leading scorer and would have been the lone senior on Boston College's roster.
Boston native Gerard Coleman was an instant impact player for the Friars from Day One but has decided to leave Providence due to "personal reasons," after averaging 13.2 points and five rebounds per game this season. Last but not least, Holy Cross senior R.J. Evans has decided to graduate a year early, leaving the Friars without the leading returning scorer and one of their best rebounders.
The entire list is below, including schools that have expressed interest:
R.J. Evans-Sr.- Holy Cross- will graduate and play asap
Max Hooper, 6-6, SG, Fr., Harvard - St. John's, Oakland
Matt Humphrey, 6-5, G, Jr., Boston College (will graduate)
Alex Jackson, 6-5, F, Soph., Quinnipiac
Terrance Bobb-Jones, 6-4, G, Fr., Quinnipiac
Nick Jackson, 6-4, SG, Soph., Dartmouth
Adam Jones, 6-7, F, Fr., Fairfield
Ryan McKeaney, 6-9, F, Soph., Vermont
Alex Oriakhi, 6-9, C, Jr., UConn - Missouri, Kentucky, Xavier, North Carolina, Duke, N.C. State
Ryan Pierson, 6-8, F/C, Soph., Northeastern
Kauri Black, 6-7, F, Jr., Northeastern (will graduate)
Troy Robinson, 6-6, SG-SF, Fr., Bryant
Mat Piotrowski, 7-1, C, Fr., Boston University
Mike Terry, 6-1, G, Soph., Boston University
Charles White, 6-1, G, Jr., Hartford (will graduate)
Ryan Baker, 6-5, G, Jr., Hartford
Dustin Clarke, 6-4, G, Fr., Hartford