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2019 Transfer Tracker: April 21st Edition

(Photo by Ryan Messier/Paint Touches)

Welcome to Paint Touches’ 2019 Transfer Tracker. This list is our attempt at making sense of the hundreds of transfers that are bound to occur in the 2019 offseason. Every player on this list is a traditional transfer, which is to say that they will need to sit out the 2019-2020 season. If you’re looking for graduate transfers, Paint Touches has you covered. Our NCAA Free Agent Tracker lists the top currently available grad transfers. One caveat I’ll give before sharing this list, this is merely one man’s opinion and analysis of which transfers are the best available. I am not a former player, I have never coached college basketball, I spent my high school years playing in the pep band not on the hardwood. I am merely some guy on the internet who, from a scary young age, has spent way too many waking hours watching, debating, and obsessing over college basketball….who is also armed with several subscriptions to various advanced stat services. Now that we have that out of the way….to the list!

A week has gone by and there hasn’t been too much action on the transfer market. The trio who took the last three spots on the first tracker have all committed elsewhere and were replaced by a trio of PGs, including two high powered low major Markus Howard look-a-likes.

1. Joey Hauser- 6’8” 210 lb RSFR PF from Marquette
29.2 mpg, 9.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.4 apg, 0.4 spg, 0.1 bpg, 2.1 tpg, 46.6 2P%, 45 3PM, 42.5 3P%

Joey is the younger of the two Hauser brothers. He’s bigger than his brother and is a little more physical. He has the ability to get out and run despite his size though he can be prone to turnovers. He’s lights out from three and a year off to continue working on his shot and increase his confidence with the ball will only make him a better player. Defense is his weaknesses as he lacks strength to defend the post and lateral quickness to defend the perimeter. He has already used his redshirt year so theoretically this transfer will burn a year of eligibility leaving him with two. Given the redshirt was due to him enrolling early and getting ankle surgery he has a good case to get that year back. Whatever program that lands Joey will potentially get three years of a player with pro potential…not to mention his brother. Virginia is the smart money for landing both Hauser brothers.

2. Sam Hauser- 6’7” 225 lb JR SF from Marquette
33.4 mpg, 14.9 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 0.6 apg, 0.5 spg, 0.5 bpg, 1.4 tpg, 53.8 2P%, 88 3PM, 40.2 3P%

Sam is the older of the two Hauser brothers. He is smaller than Joey but much more a deadeye shooter. He’s a career 40%+ shooter from range and has a mid-range game that is unstoppable when he’s feeling it. He’s not a lockdown defender but has a good understanding of team defense and where he needs to be. He will be the more immediate impact player of the two brothers but is not as valuable because he only has one season of eligibility availability. Plugged into the right team, he could take a program from great to heavyweight. Virginia is the frontrunner for both Hauser brothers.

3. David Jenkins Jr – 6’2” 190 lb SO PG from South Dakota State
33.1 mpg, 19.7 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.5 apg, 0.5 spg, 0.0 bpg, 2.6 tpg, 46.3 2P%, 112 3PM, 45.3 3P%

Two years ago, Jenkins was a virtually unknown recruit from Spokane, WA with only a handful of low-major offers. That didn’t stop him from making an immediate impact for the Jackrabbits. If you haven’t heard of him, it’s probably because he’s been overshadowed by Mike “the Dauminator” Daum. Jenkins served as Daum’s secondhand man, making defenses pay whenever they focused too much attention on the main man. His main weapon is the deep ball with 45% accuracy and 3.5 treys per game which was the 12th best mark in all of Division 1. He’s less accurate inside the arc but still capable at running the pick and roll and scoring off the bounce. Defense was a struggle for Jenkins as he ranked in the bottom 10% of all players in points per possession allowed. That could be exploited if he goes up to a higher level. Still, his pure scoring ability makes him a sure fire high major player who could impact any roster. He has already narrowed his list to 7: UNLV (following his old coach), Gonzaga (his hometown), UCLA, Oregon, Washington State, Memphis, and South Dakota State.

4. Adam Flagler- 6’2” 165 lb FR SG from Presbyterian
30.7 mpg, 15.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.3 apg, 0.8 spg, 0.3 bpg, 1.2 tpg, 52.7 2P%, 108 3PM, 38.6 3P%

Presbyterian has never been known for high quality ball. Since joining Division 1 in 2007, the Blue Hose had never turned in a winning season and had only eclipsed 13 wins 1 time. With true freshman Adam Flagler leading the way, Presbyterian shattered both of those marks winning 20 games and turning the first D1 winning season in program history. Flagler is an elite scoring guard with a healthy appetite for the long ball. His 108 three pointers is second on this list only to #1 David Jenkins Jr. When Flagler has his feet set he is nearly automatic. The three isn’t his only weapon. Flagler is fond of isolation plays where he can take his man 1 on 1 where he usually came out on top. That worked well at the Big South level but he will likely need be more a shooter at his next stop. A lot of Flagler’s points were racked up against low major defenses but he did torch Marquette for 20, Dayton for 20, and UCLA for 29. While Flagler is an elite scorer, his defense is almost every bit as bad. He struggled to contain Big South level competition and that will need to improve if he wants to stay on the floor at the next level. One added tidbit to sweeten the pot. Per KenPom, his best player comp is the freshman year of some dude named Seth Curry.

5. Justice Sueing Jr – 6’7” 210 lb SO SF from California
34.5 mpg, 14.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.7 spg, 0.5 bpg, 1.7 tpg, 50.5 2P%, 35 3PM, 30.2 3P%

It’s been a rough couple of years in Berkeley. While never a true basketball power, Cal was always a respected name in the college basketball world. This changed after former Coach Cuonzo Martin left a steaming crater behind when he jumped after only three years on the job. Justice Sueing never played for Coach Martin but was recruited by him and was one of the few pieces he left behind. Sueing led the team in points, rebounds, and steals while shooting a respectable 50% from the floor. He’s at his best in transition when he can use his athleticism to its fullest extent. To make things better, he can often create his own transition opportunities as his 1.7 steals were among the best in the PAC 12. The question for Sueing will be if he can make the jump to a higher level. He was the best player for the worst team in the worst high major conference. He will almost certainly have a smaller role at his next stop. If he picks wisely, he can find a program where he can be more efficient to make the most of a smaller role. No early indications on where Sueing is heading, though it has been speculated that he may want to reunite with the coach that originally recruited him to Cal.

6. Jaylen Fisher – 6’2” 195 lb JR PG from TCU
27.4 mpg, 12.3 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 5.4 apg, 1.1 spg, 0.1 bpg, 2.0 tpg, 55.6 2P%, 30 3PM, 44.1 3P% (17-18 stats)

The story of Jaylen Fisher is filled with adversity, more adversity than a college student should have to handle. Fisher was born with albinism and raised in the Memphis, TN area. He worked his way up to top 100 recruit status, earning high major offers by the dozens. Newly hired TCU coach Jamie Dixon was the one to land the talented PG after poaching the assistant coach who had originally recruited him to UNLV. Per 247 sports, he was the second highest ranked player to ever commit to TCU. Fisher had surgery on his knee before he arrived on campus, the first in a long list of surgeries for him. Fisher’s freshman season would end early due to a wrist injury in the NIT. His sophomore season would end after 17 games due to knee surgery. He had a second surgery on that knee before his junior season…which ended after only 9 games to repair the same knee. When Fisher is fully healthy, he is a dynamic player the can score at all three levels. His 5.4 assists is the highest of any available transfer this offseason. On top of his playmaking and scoring ability he was tenacious defender. Assuming he gets a medical redshirt (it seems like a pretty open shut case), Fisher would have two years of eligibility remaining. With his injury history, he is a huge risk, but if he is healthy, he may just be the top transfer available.

7. Caleb Daniels- 6’4” 198 lb SO PG from Tulane
33.9 mpg, 16.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 3.3 apg, 0.8 spg, 0.3 bpg, 2.8 tpg, 49.8 2P%, 47 3PM, 34.6 3P%

Caleb Daniels was the lone bright spot in season that most fans of the Green Wave would rather forget. It started out with so much promise as Tulane played Florida State tight and then won their next two games, including a neutral court victory over the “Dauminator” and the rest of the South Dakota State Jackrabbits. It was all downhill from there as Tulane went 2-26 the rest of the way, including a dismal 0-18 in AAC play. All that losing added to the firing of Coach Mike Dunleavy can led anyone to transfer, even a New Orleans native. Daniels was the first, second, and third priority for every defense but he still found a way to average 17 points a game with excellent efficiency. Daniels excelled at running the pick and roll, could take most defenders 1 on 1, and was an accurate three point shooter when he could catch and shoot. He led the team in points, steals, three pointers, free throw attempts, and was second in assists with 3.3 a contest. This wasn’t against shabby defenses either as the American featured a few of the best team defenses in the game last season. Daniels was also the best perimeter defender the Green Wave had and often drew the toughest assignments. Whatever team lands Daniels will be getting two years of an excellent two ways player who could be a lot more dangerous with better weapons around him.

8. Kevin Easley Jr- 6’6” 210 lb FR SF from Chattanooga
28.1 mpg, 14.2 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.2 apg, 0.7 spg, 0.3 bpg, 2.0 tpg, 47.1 2P%, 50 3PM, 39.7 3P%

Kevin Easley Jr was a late bloomer in high school, relatively unknown until his senior year. A late push led ESPN to give him a 4-star ranking and he picked over a dozen new D1 offers, including a few from some high major programs. That talent showed out at Chattanooga as he led the team in both points and rebounds. By season’s end, Easley was named the SoCon Freshman of the Year. Despite being undersized, Easley does a lot of his work with his back the basket. He has enough quickness to maneuver around larger posts and could abuse guards and wings when he could get a mismatch in the post. He matched this post up ability with well above average shooting. His 1.7 threes per game led the team and he hit them at almost a 40% clip. As a Moc, he played the role of PF but he would likely need to play on the wing if he were to move up a level. He may have been able to score in the post but he struggled to contain opposing big men as they could simply overpower him on the way to the hoop. When he told Coach Lamont Paris that he was transferring, he said he was hoping to be closer to home which should put midwestern schools on alert. Hometown Butler would seem like a natural place where Easley could end up.

9. Donald “Bubba” Parham- 5’11” 155 lb SO PG from VMI
33.9 mpg, 21.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 3.5 apg, 0.6 spg, 0.0 bpg, 2.6 tpg, 46.5 2P%, 116 3PM, 39.7 3P%

With Markus Howard graduating how about picking up another pint-sized dynamo to be waiting in the wings? Bubba Parham started his career as inefficient two guard for an unimpressive Keydet squad. This past season, the decision was made to move Parham on the ball and he flourished in the role. He is a scoring point guard in the purest sense. He makes his teammates better by calling his own number, drawing defenses, and opening up looks for his teammates. His offense is highlighted by his shooting stroke. You will not a find a more pure shot in all of basketball. Parham took 151 spot up jumpers this past season and scored 216 points. That points per possession of 1.43 was in the 99th percentile for all players. If Parham gets a window, the shot is going in. His defense is exactly how bad you would expect for 5’11” guard from the Southern Conference. He doesn’t guard any one well and will be a liability on that end of the floor. But his shooting ability is elite enough that he can find a role on any roster. There may be some skepticism about the level of defenses he faced but the SoCo had it’s share of talented teams with the likes of UNCG, ETSU, the Furman Nova-killers, and NCAA tournament darling Wofford. Plus, Parham eviscerated the Kentucky Wildcats with 35 points on count em’ 10 three pointers.

10. Lionel “LJ” Figueroa- 6’5” 195 lb RSSO SG from St. John’s
32.0 mpg, 14.4 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.8 spg, 0.2 bpg, 1.3 tpg, 58.0 2P%, 51 3PM, 38. 3P%

He may only have one season of Division 1 ball under his belt, but LJ Figueroa is already searching for his fourth school. Out of high school, Figueroa was ranked just outside the top 100 by the 247 sports composite and it was a real coup when Paul Weir roped him into signing with New Mexico State. Weir even convinced Figueroa to enroll at NMSU a semester early and redshirt (Marquette fans think Joey Hauser). Unfortunately for all involved, Weir was poached by in state rival New Mexico leading Figueroa to decommit, essentially wasting his redshirt year. Rather than sitting out a season as a transfer, Figueroa ended up at Odessa College where his scoring and shooting talent led to him being named a NJCAA 1st All American. St. John’s scooped up Figueroa last spring and he became the one of the pieces of St. John’s deadly 5 out offense. He combined deadeye three-point shooting with an impressive driving ability that made him arguably that most difficult Johnnie to stop not named Shamorie Ponds. Figueroa is a bit hard to place on this list because it is unclear how many years of eligibility he would have left. The letter of the law says he has already used his redshirt year which would mean he is a sit one, play one transfer. There may be a way for him to be forgiven for his one semester at New Mexico State which would make him a sit one, play two transfer. If that were to occur, his value would increase dramatically, and he would be one of the top players if not the top available on this list.

11. Jared Bynum- 5’8” 150 lb FR PG from St. Joseph’s
36.6 mpg, 11.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 4.5 apg, 1.3 spg, 0.2 bpg, 1.9 tpg, 45.3 2P%, 35 3PM, 34.3 3P%

St. Joe’s was expected to be a challenger in the Atlantic 10 this season, instead they ended up having to fire head long time head coach Phil Martelli. The former AP National Coach of the year  had been at St. Joe’s longer than his players had been alive but the Owls had only been to the tournament three times since their magical 30-2 record in the 2004-2005 season. A change was needed but it cost them one of the most entertaining playmakers in college basketball. True freshman Jared Bynum was the floor general for the Owls and led the team in minutes, assists, and steals. Passing is the best part of Bynum’s game as he consistently found teammates for open looks and easy layups. When he called his own number, he did everything well. He could take his man in isolation, pull up in the mid-range or sink a three with decent enough accuracy. At 5’8”, you wouldn’t expect Bynum to be a solid defender but he was tenacious. He has elite level lateral quickness that allowed him to cover even the quickest of guards. He used his speed to make up for what he lacked in size and strength. You hate to say it, but his size is the biggest concern if he were to move up a level. However, the A-10 is among the best of the mid-major conference so if he could be effective there, there is likely a high major out there that could use his facilitation skills. The Big East is hot on Bynum’s trail with Butler, Providence and Seton Hall all expected to land visits in the coming weeks. Arkansas and Pitt are supposedly involved as well.

12. R.J. Cole- 6’1” 175 lb SO PG from Howard
35.6 mpg, 21.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 6.4 apg, 1.9 spg, 0.0 bpg, 3.2 tpg, 43.5 2P%, 84 3PM, 38.7 3P%

R.J. Cole didn’t have many big programs after him coming out of high school, but his signing was a quite a coup for Bison skipper Kevin Nickelberry. Cole was a 3-star recruit in most services and his 247 ranking of #479 made him the third highest rated recruit to ever commit to Howard. He wasted no time making an impact on the program, averaging almost 24 points and 6 assists a game as a FR. Despite his efforts, Howard struggled, finishing towards the bottom of the lowly MEAC. As a sophomore, he actually dropped his usage and his scoring (to a paltry 21.4 a game) and the team flourished (by MEAC standards) finishing with .500 record, their first non-losing season since 14-15. Cole orchestrates the Bison offense primarily out of pick and roll sets. He has superior speed compared to most MEAC defenders and is lights out from deep. His passing is what truly makes him valuable as he can get behind defenses and pick them apart from the paint, which only makes him harder to defend. Defensively, Cole struggled even considering the level of competition and will need to find a roster where he can be hidden on defense. Cole’s big numbers are alluring, but unlike a Bubba Parham, another high scoring low major transfer, Cole padded his numbers against one of the weakest schedules in division 1. However, in his one game against a high major, Cole did go off for 28 points and 6 assists on the road to Georgetown.

13. Jordan Brown- 6’11” 210 lb FR PF from Nevada
10.1 mpg, 3.0 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 0.5 apg, 0.3 spg, 0.5 bpg, 0.7 tpg, 51.3 2P%, 0 3PM, 00.0 3P%

Jordan Brown earned a high spot on this tracker almost completely on potential alone. Brown arrived in Reno as a consensus 5-star and was expected to be a major contributor of a veteran Nevada squad primed to make a run at the Final Four. He was even named MWC Preseason Freshman of the Year. Instead, Brown was the last guy in rotation for team that won a lot against mediocre competition and then folded early in the Big Dance. It wasn’t that long ago that Jordan Brown was dominating the McDonald’s All-American game, scoring 26 points and grabbing 8 rebounds. For whatever reason, those skills did not translate into the college game. Brown has incredible length and is extremely quick for man of his height. He lacks almost any shooting range which is challenging because his thin frame doesn’t have the strength you would expect of an elite post player. Still he has excellent post moves and his quickness allows him to do things in the post that other big men simply can’t. A year off to add some muscle and work on his shooting mechanics could mean that 5-star potential gets unlocked at the next stop. During his recruiting process, Brown looked at almost exclusively west coast schools. We’ll see if that trend continues the second time around.

14. D.J. Harvey- 6’5” 220 lb SO SF from Notre Dame
25.9 mpg, 10.7 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 0.7 apg, 0.6 spg, 0.5 bpg, 1.5 tpg, 46.0 2P%, 35 3PM 29.9 3P%

D.J. Harvey never quite lived up to the hype brought on by his top 50 247 Composite ranking coming out of high school. He was pegged as an athletic wing who could finish through contact who was also armed with a soft touch from beyond the arc. Harvey did decently well inside the arc. He showed exceptional skill attacking out of the pick and role, had a nice pull up game in the mid-range, and led the team in free throw rate (FTR). That sweet stroke from outside never developed though and for his career he is only a 30.9% 3P shooter. He does bring some good value on the defensive side of the ball, often having to slow down some of the best guards in the country, though he is not a lockdown defender by any stretch. The upside is there and a redshirt year in the right program could be just want Harvey needs in order to reach it. Harvey is originally from the Balitmore area, same as Coach Wojo and wouldn’t you know it, Marquette was listed by Jeff Goodman as one of the first schools to reach out to Harvey. Other schools listed were USC, Houston, Georgetown, Iowa, Auburn, Maryland, Xavier, Cincinnati, and Nevada. Assistant Coach Brett Nelson does have a history of remaking shot mechanics and developing elite shooters. Could be a match made in heaven.

15. Jahvon Quinerly- 6’1” 160 lb FR PG from Villanova
9.5 mpg, 3.3 ppg, 0.8 rpg, 0.9 apg, 0.2 spg, 0.0 bpg, 0.8 tpg, 45.7 2P%, 12 3PM, 25.0 3P%

Like Jordan Brown who was on this list earlier, Jahvon Quinerly is another story of potential unfulfilled. Coming out of high school Quinerly was a 5-star recruit by most services and en route to Tuscon to be a member of the Arizona Wildcats. Things changed as the Wildcats get caught up in the FBI probe and the tea leaves seemed to suggest the Quinerly was one of the players that put them in the FBI’s sites. Quinerly opened his recruitment and ended up a Wildcat anyway, just in a colder location with a more recent history of winning championships. His addition to Villanova made them perceived locks to win the Big East again and he was named preseason Big East Freshman of the Year. Villanova still won the Big East but Quinerly didn’t have much to do with it. He became a seldom used back of the rotation player and may have even been a locker room issue. There was a social media post in the middle of the season that seemed to be Quinerly publicly expressing some discontent with his role. Still, the skills he displayed to earn his 5-star rating are still there. He should have high majors lining up to give him another shot.

The next 15 transfers we are watching:
Chase Audige- 6’4” 190 lb FR SG from William & Mary
Jemarl Baker Jr- 6’4” 180 RSFR SG from Kentucky
DeAundre Ballard- 6’6” 195 lb SO SG from Florida
Desmond Cambridge- 6’4” 180 lb SO SG from Brown
Jordan Davis- 6’3” 186 lb SO SG from Dayton
Javon Freeman-Liberty- 6’4” 170 lb FR SG from Vaparaiso
Amauri Hardy- 6’2” 175 lb SO PG from UNLV
Jalen Harris- 6’4” 190 lb JR PG from Nevada
Nick Honor- 5’10 193 lb FR PG from Fordham
Noah Horchler- 6’8” 200 lb JR PF from North Florida
Khavon Moore- 6’8 185 lb FR SF from Texas Tech
Landers Nolley II- 6’7” 210 lb FR SG from Virginia Tech
Janaud “JD” Notae- 6’2” 190 lb SO SG from Jacksonville
Joel Ntambwe- 6’8” 207 lb FR SF from UNLV
Stanley Umude- 6’8 183 lb SO SF from South Dakota


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Author:Ryan Jackson

Texas A&M Professional, Marquette Fantatic

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