Ranking The Top Ten Incoming Mountain West Transfers For 2018-19
Who are the top ten incoming Mountain West transfers for the 2018-19 season?
Nevada, Fresno State and New Mexico will be built by transfers this autumn
The Mountain West is widely regarded as the hot spot in today’s transfer-fueled college basketball landscape.
Because of this, we’re able to rank the ten best incoming transfers for the 2018-19 season. Nevada, Fresno State and New Mexico all expect to finish in the top four of the Mountain West in 2019, and coincidentally have players highlighted in the list below.
10) Ehab Amin, Nevada
Previous team: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
2016-17 stats: 16.9 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 2.9 APG, 3.4 SPG
Ehab Amin could probably be placed higher on this list due to his defensive prowess, but his role will likely depend on whether the Martin twins choose to return to Nevada or go pro. Though Amin’s scoring average is certainly impressive, his jumper is far from consistent. More than half of his field goal attempts were at the rim as a sophomore, and Amin converted just 32.5% of his non-layup/dunk attempts. The senior has 181 assists and 193 turnovers in his career.
9) Noah Blackwell, Fresno State
Previous team: Long Beach State
2016-17 stats: 8.1 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 1.9 APG, 38.0 3P%
Fresno State has to move on from graduated seniors Jahmel Taylor, Jaron Hopkins and Ray Bowles, allowing Noah Blackwell to quickly rise within the backcourt depth chart. Blackwell received offers from Arizona, Cal, Maryland, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, and other high-major programs out of high school. Alongside Deshon Taylor and Braxton Huggins, the Bulldogs have an elite trio of guards for the second straight year.
8) Vance Jackson, New Mexico
Previous team: Connecticut
2016-17 stats: 8.1 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 1.4 APG, 39.7 3P%
Paul Weir loaded up with power conference transfers for his second year in Albuquerque, and Vance Jackson expects to be a factor immediately. Though he will be just a redshirt sophomore this autumn, Jackson already has the most tangible D-I experience of any Lobo frontcourt player. At 6-8, Jackson is a major threat from the perimeter (made 50 of 126 three-point attempts as a freshman).
7) Corey Henson, Nevada
Previous team: Wagner
2016-17 stats: 14.6 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 2.7 APG, 35.5 3P%
A better perimeter scorer than Amin, Corey Henson should be one of the first options off the bench for Eric Musselman‘s squad. Henson averaged double figures in points in his latter two years with Wagner and will carry his efficient skill set to a loaded Nevada offense. Defensive intensity could dictate whether Henson’s role expands this season in Reno.
6) Trey Porter, Nevada
Previous teams: Old Dominion, George Mason
2017-18 stats: 13.2 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 1.3 BPG
As if Nevada’s roster didn’t have enough flair already, enter Trey Porter, a freak athlete who has displayed a wide array of exclamatory dunks throughout his career. After modest underclassmen seasons, Porter came into his own as a junior, starting all but one game and cementing his name among the Conference USA’s top players. Porter is also active on the boards, blocks shots, and draws fouls frequently. The grad transfer is going to be a difference-maker this season for Nevada.