Mountain West Basketball: Off Season Transfer Tracker 2019-2020

Mountain West Basketball: Off Season Transfer Tracker 2019-2020

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Mountain West Basketball: Off Season Transfer Tracker 2019-2020

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Nevada 

In: 1

Grant Sherfield, Freshman Guard-Wichita, KS

Previous Stops: Wichita State (AAC)

Years of Eligibility: 3

19-20 Stats: 8.1 PPG 3.0 RPG & 2.9 APG in 30 games (12 starts)

Best Performance: 15 points, 11 rebounds and 3 steals against Abilene Christian on Dec. 19th

Sherfield is a Wichita native but is a part of the recent max exodus currently taking place in the Wichita State program. Sherfield is a former UCLA commit and a combo guard with some size to rebound effectively when needed.

It seems like the transfer U stigma Nevada has adopted as of the last five years or so won’t be leaving to the SEC with Eric Musselman as the Wolf Pack are slated to bring in two sit out transfers along with Sherfield who might sit out himself if he isn’t granted a waiver to play immediately.

Out: 1

Eric Parrish, Junior Guard-Cypress, TX

Years of Eligibility: 2

19-20 Stats: 18.4 PPG 8.7 RPG & 6.4 APG in 29 games in 18-19 for Bossier Parrish C.C.

Best Performance: N/A in 2019-2020

Next Stop: UT-San Antonio (C-USA)

Parrish like Drinnon of New Mexico almost didn’t make my list based on their decision to transfer mid-season without even playing a game for their respective programs in 2019-2020, but things change. I was really excited to see what Parrish could have done this year at Nevada and I think I will always wonder what his role could have been on a very surprising Wolf Pack squad this past season. He’s a 6-6 wing with a frame to bully smaller defenders and may have played some time at the four for the Wolf Pack this past season in smaller lineups.

Alas, we’ll never know. Parrish opted to transfer out of the Wolf Pack program after entering the transfer portal when Eric Musselman departed for Arkansas and then recommitting to the Alford coaching staff. He committed to UTSA in December and could team up with one of the highest scoring backcourts in the country next season in San Antonio. I was going to be paying attention to the Road Runners next season anyway, but I’ll be watching the former Wolf Pack member in C-USA next season as well.

New Mexico 

In: 1

Jeremiah Francis, Freshman Guard-Reynoldsburg, OH

Previous Stops: North Carolina (ACC)

Years of Eligibility: 3

19-20 Stats: 3.3 PPG 1.3 RPG & 1.6 APG in 16 games (3 starts)

Best Performance: 12 points, 4 assists & 2 rebounds against UCLA on December 21st

Francis was a great pick up by Coach Weir and his staff and will fill an immediate need after sitting out next season due to current transfer rules. Francis is a six-foot 210 lb point guard who struggled a bit during his freshman season in Chapel Hill but has the physical tools and ability to lead this New Mexico team in the Mountain West. Though he’s coming off of a knee injury this past season at North Carolina which limited him to only 16 appearances on the year, while also having a history with knee injuries from back in high school. If he can stay healthy, this is an absolute steal for the Lobos as Francis will still have three years of eligibility remaining after spending the next year getting healthy and learning the system.

Out: 6

Vance Jackson, Redshirt Junior-Pasadena, CA

Years of Eligibility: 1

19-20 Stats: 11.1 PPG 5.2 RPG & 1.3 APG in 28 games played (28 starts)

Best Performance: 29 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists against Fresno State on Jan. 7th

Next Stop: UPDATE-Jackson committed to Arkansas (SEC) on 4/1/2020

Jackson’s departure definitely puts a dent in Paul Weir’s game plan next season as the junior forward was expected to lead the Lobos next season. Though he never seemed to fully gel in Weir’s system since his arrival, Jackson definitely had talent and he had a way of bringing it out come tournament time. We salute Vegas Vance and wish him best at his next stop.

J.J. CaldwellRedshirt Junior-Houston, TX

Years of Eligibility: 1.5, depending on how the NCAA rules on his suspension from UNM this past season.

19-20 Stats: 5.8 PPG 5.7 APG & 2.2 SPG in 13 games (13 starts)

Best Performance: 8 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists and 3 steals against Wyoming on Dec. 7th

Possible Destinations: No reported interest at the time of this reporting

Caldwell’s career in Albuquerque will go down in controversy as the do it all point guard ended what started as a spectacular with a domestic violence charge and lawsuit against the university. By no means do I know the entire story but I can say that it is a shame the way this one played out. As Caldwell was one of the best floor generals the Lobos have had since maybe the Antino Jackson/Chris McNeal combination in Paul Weir’s first year at New Mexico.

Drue Drinnon, Redshirt Sophomore Guard-Smyrna, GA

Years of Eligibility: 2.5 (unless he is granted a waiver to get a full three years)

19-20 Stats: N/A

Best Performance: 7 points, 12 assists and 1 steal against the University of the Southwest on Dec. 30th 2018 (18-19 season)

Next Stop:  Drinnon announced his decision to play next season at Navarro College (NJCAA)

Drinnon didn’t play a single minute for the Lobos this season as he had been back and forth between Albuquerque and his home in Georgia for a personal family situation. A decision was made to have him transfer out of the program in November and return home to be with his family. He stayed with the team until semester break when his scholarship was then picked up by Bayron Matos. Drinnon was a promising four-star prospect out of high school choosing the Lobos over several high major offers, this young man isn’t done playing college basketball just yet.

Vante Hendrix, Redshirt Sophomore Guard-Woodland Hills, CA

Years of Eligibility: 2

19-20 Stats: 8.8 PPG 3.7 RPG & 1.2 APG in 18 games (5 starts)

Best Performance: 20 points, 4 rebounds & 4 steals against San Diego State on Feb. 11th

Possible Destinations:  Update-Committed to CSUN (Big West) on August 23rd. 

Hendrix brought a lot to the table in Albuquerque in his short lived Lobo career, a two guard with great size, length and athleticism who could also knock down the occasional three. But his effectiveness on the court always seemed to be in jeopardy given his antics on the bench. Several publicized outbursts towards coaches and players made this transfer a little expected but his departure is still a blow to New Mexico’s depth on next season’s roster. 

Tavian Percy, Sophomore Guard-Miami, FL

Years of Eligibility: 2

19-20 Stats: 1.7 PPG 0.7 RPG & 0.6 APG in 23 games (2 starts)

Best Performance: 5 points, 2 assists and 1 rebound against San Jose State on January 21st

Next Stop:  Committed to Weber State (Big Sky) on June 3rd

Percy was beginning to become a fan favorite in Albuquerque with an increased amount of playing time and a couple of appearances in the starting lineup. With all of the departures the Lobos have seen this offseason, Percy looked to be set for another increase in playing time. But another question raised around the amount of scholarship players committed to the program next season after four-star wing JB White announced he would attempt to reclassify to the 2020 class and enroll at New Mexico in the fall, would followers of the program analyze next year’s roster to see who might leave.

Zane Martin, Redshirt Junior Guard-Philadelphia, PA

Years of Eligibility: 1

19-20 Stats: 10.1 PPG 3.1 APG & 2.9 RPG in 33 games (18 starts)

Best Performance: 23 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals against Wyoming on February 8th

Next Stop: Announced a return to Towson (CAA) via Twitter on 8/24/2020

Martin’s decision to transfer closer to home a couple of weeks ago was a bit of a shocker to most following the program. As the 6-4 210 redshirt junior was expected to have a leading role in the Lobo’s starting lineup with many of last seasons starters either graduating or opting for the transfer portal themselves. Ultimately we are living in an uncertain time surrounding collegiate sports and Martin’s return to the east coast and his previous school in Towson isn’t necessarily odd giving the state of our country at the moment. Still, Martin’s departure is a big for the Lobos and it will force Paul weir to rely a little more heavily on his new arrivals than we may have previously thought.

San Diego State

In: 2

Terrell Gomez, Junior Guard-Los Angeles, CA 

Previous stop: Cal-State Northridge (Big West)

Years of Eligibility: 1

19-20 stats: 19.8 PPG 2.5 RPG & 2.3 APG in 32 games (all starts) 

Best Performance: 33 points, 5 rebounds & 3 assists against Pepperdine on Nov. 12th 

Gomez is an absolute stud with the ball in his hands. At 5-8/160 the Los Angeles native can really score it, with a career scoring average of 17.1 mpg while shooting 43% from deep. He is the perfect addition to this Aztecs squad who will have a bit of a void in the backcourt with KJ Feagins graduation and Flynn opting to stay in the NBA Draft. Gomez will now be an offensive anchor for the Aztecs who will look a little different next season, but should stay just as formidable. 

Joshua Tomaic, Redshirt Junior Forward-Lanzarote, Spain

Previous stop: Maryland (Big Ten)

Years of Eligibility: 1

19-20 stats: 1.1 PPG 0.5 RPG & 0.1 BPG in 16 games (0 starts)

Best Performance:  4 points & 2 rebounds against Rutgers on March 3rd 

Tomaic committed to the Aztecs back in May and is already being pegged as the next Yanni Wetzell. I get some of the logic as he is a 6-10 235 lb high major transfer with the physical tools to make an instant impact in the Mountain West next season. But, where the comparison stops for me is the level of impact he will have on a very different Aztec team next season. This team loses three starters in Feagin, Flynn & Wetzell and Tomaic may have more competition for starting minutes down low compared to Wetzell as sophomore forward Nathan Mensah returns after missing most of last season due to injury.

Out: 1

Joel Mensah, Sophomore Forward-Accra, Ghana 

Years of Eligibility:

19-20 Stats: 1.9 PPG 1.0 RPG & 0.6 BPG in 21 games (0 starts) 

Best Performance: 8 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals & 2 blocks against Fresno State on Jan. 1st

Next Stop:  Committed to James Madison (CAA) on May 27th

Mensah will move on to the Colonial Athletic Association after two years in San Diego. The 6-foot-10 forward never really found playing time for the Aztecs and next season might have given him more of an opportunity with Wetzell and Nolan Narain graduating this past spring. Sometimes, a change of scenery is all that’s needed and moving from one coast to the other might be just that for Mensah who will be joined by former Wyoming Cowboy T.J. Taylor in Harrisonburg. 

San Jose State 

In: N/A

Out: 2

Zach Chappell, Sophomore Guard-Sacramento, CA

Years of Eligibility: 2

19-20 Stats: 6.1 PPG 1.5 RPG & 2.0 SPG in 31 games (1 start)

Best Performance: 20 points, 6 assists and 3 rebounds against Santa Clara on Dec. 18th

Next Stop:  Sacramento State (Big Sky), announced his destination via Twitter

Chappell looked set to take over starting point guard duties for the departing Brae Ivey next season, but a transfer back to his hometown of Sacramento spells good news for Sacramento State and well just moving on to the next best player for Coach Prioleau.

Christian Anigwe, Sophomore Forward-Phoenix, AZ

Years of Eligibility: 2

19-20 Stats: 5.2 PPG 5.3 RPG & 1.1 BPG in 31 games (30 starts)

Best Performance: 14 points, 10 rebounds & 3 blocks against Grambling on Nov. 20th 

Next Stop:  UC Davis (Big West) 

Anigwe’s departure is a big loss for the Spartan frontcourt next season, as he leaves as one of the more productive big men on the team with over 30 starts in 2019-2020. The development of fellow Spartan big men Ralph Agee & Sam Japhet-Mathias was going well over the course of the season. Especially following Craig LeCesne’s departure after just eleven games into the season to sign a professional contract back home in Sweden. Either way the starting job still looked like Anigwe’s next season, but roster turnover is nothing new in San Jose. And the Spartan’s have enough front court depth going into next season and should do just fine giving it another go at double-digit wins. 

UNLV 

In: 1

Caleb Grill, Freshman Guard-Maize, KS

Years of Eligibility: 3

19-20 Stats: 2.1 PPG 1.7 RPG & 0.6 APG in 29 games (2 starts)

Best Performance: 9 points, 8 rebounds and 1 steal against Oklahoma State on March 11th

Grill transfers to the desert after his freshman season in the Big 12 at Iowa State. He also follows head coach TJ Otzelberger whom he committed to back in high school at Otzelberger’s last gig, South Dakota State. He’ll have to sit out the upcoming season but should provide a great one-two punch alongside former Jackrabbit David Jenkins Jr. come 2021-2022.

Out: 4

Amauri Hardy, Junior Guard-Detroit, MI

Years of Eligibility: 1

19-20 Stats: 14.5 PPG 3.3 RPG & 3.3 APG in 32 games (30 starts)

Best Performance: 27 points, 4 rebounds and 3 steals against Kansas State on Nov. 19th

Next Stop: UPDATE-Hardy committed to Oregon (PAC-12) on 4/12/2020

Disaster on the horizon or all by design? It’s hard to tell at this point with three Runnin’ Rebels already in the transfer portal (the most of any Mountain West team). But it really isn’t that different from past seasons at UNLV, which has seen transfers come and go year in and year out. But this is the first off season under TJ Otzelberger, so did we expect the player exports in Las Vegas to stop? I would say yes.

Nevertheless, Hardy adds his name to what looks to be a robust transfer portal by months end. It is still a major loss as Hardy has been one of the better players in the Mountain West for the past two seasons. His transfer should be looked at under a microscope as Otzelberger’s first class at UNLV (the class of 2020) currently has eight members in it. And with only three open scholarships following the end of the current season, we expected a mass exodus as Otzelberger begins to build a roster that he can call his own in Vegas.

Jonah Antonio, Redshirt Junior Guard-Perth, Australia

Years of Eligibility: 1

19-20 Stats: 6.9 PPG 2.4 RPG & 2.1 3FGs in 25 games (13 starts)

Best Performance: 17 points, 5 rebounds & 5-9 from three against Purdue-Fort Wayne on Nov. 5th

Next Stop: Antonio Committed to Wake Forrest (ACC) on May 14th

Antonio is well traveled with a career that started at Mt. St. Mary’s in the NEC, followed by a stop in junior college at South Plains and most recently at UNLV where he re-teamed up with former fellow Mountaineer Elijah Mitrou-Long. The Australian can really shoot it, netting fifty-three shots from deep this season. Second on the team to only starting junior guard Amauri Hardy who started nearly every game while Antonio came off of the bench.

Jay Green, Redshirt Sophomore Guard-Sydney, Australia

Years of Eligibility: 2

19-20 Stats: 0.9 PPG 2.3 RPG & 0.4 APG in 17 games (2 starts)

Best Performance: 6 points, 6 rebounds & 3 assists against Robert Morris on Dec. 21st

Next Stop: Northern Arizona (Big Sky)

The older brother of Arizona freshman Josh Green, Jay came to UNLV during the Marvin Menzies era where as a freshman in 2017-2018 he saw action in 15 games for just about 4.1 MPG. He then redshirted last season and saw his minutes increase under first year head coach TJ Otzelberger to 10.1 MPG, but never really found impact on this year’s Runnin’ Rebels squad. This squad was set to undergo a major roster makeover this summer with eight commits in the 2020 class. And Green unlike Antonio remained at UNLV as a player from the previous coaching staff, he may be just one of the many Runnin’ Rebels we see added to the list in an attempt to free up scholarships for the biggest incoming recruiting class in the Mountain West.

Donnie Tillman, Redshirt Junior-Detroit, MI

Years of Eligibility: 1

19-20 Stats: 10.1 PPG 4.7 RPG & 2.0 APG in 25 games (11 starts)

Best Performance: 28 points, 8 rebounds & 3 assists against Fresno State on Dec. 4th 

Next Stop: Committed to New Mexico State (WAC) on May 26th

Tillman will leave UNLV for his third destination in four years after transferring into the Runnin’ Rebel program from Utah last summer. Tillman reportedly transferred to UNLV to move closer to his mother, but his next move down to Las Cruces seems to be based more on playing basketball this time around. 

Chris Jans has the Aggies absolutely rolling through the WAC and if not for the NCAA Tournament’s cancellation might have made some noise on the national scene once again. Tillman is a great player, but seemed to clash with the Runnin’ Rebel’s coaching staff at times late in the year and may benefit from a fresh start at a winning program who is almost guaranteed to go dancing every year, it may be just what this talented young man needs.

Utah State 

In: N/A

Out: 3

Abel Porter, Redshirt Junior Guard-Farmington, UT

Years of Eligibility: 1

19-20 Stats: 5.6 PPG 2.4 RPG 3.2 APG in 34 games (34 starts)

Best Performance: 10 points, 10 assists and 4 rebounds against Weber State on Nov. 8th

Next Stop: UPDATE-Porter committed to Ohio State (Big Ten) on 4/11/2020

The former Tim Duryea walk-on has entered the transfer portal, and he leaves as the full-time starter and a two-time Mountain West tournament champion. Porter’s stats don’t jump out at you but when you watch him on the court as a floor general you can directly see how he impacts the game. This may be a play for a bigger role elsewhere as Porter has already led Utah State to two back-to-back NCAA tournaments, what else is there?

Roche Grootfam, Redshirt Junior -Paramaribo, Suriname 

Years of Eligibility: 1

19-20 stats: 3.3 PPG 1.1 RPG & 0.1 SPG in 11 games (no starts) 

Best Performance: 13 points & 2 rebounds against Eastern Oregon in Dec. 28th 

Next Stop: Signed with UT-Tyler May 1st (Lone Star Conference, Div-II)

Grootfam who arrived in Logan after a stint at Juco powerhouse College of Southern Idaho only saw playing time in 11 games for the Aggies this season. The most playing time he saw came against non-division I caliber opponents, seeing double-digit minutes against Eastern Oregon and St. Katherine’s. Grootfam has always been one of my favorite seldom used players in the conference. As he has a huge wingspan and bounce that he may surprise some defenders with in the last minutes of games when he came in. 

Carson Bischoff, Redshirt Junior guard, Ogden, UT 

Years of Eligibility: 2

19-20 stats: N/A

Best Performance: N/A

Next Stop: Committed to UT-Arlington (Sun Belt) on June 9th

Bischoff was a walk-on from Treasure Valley C.C. (OR) who redshirted the 2019-2020 season with a multitude of talented backcourt players ahead of him.

Wyoming 

In: N/A

Out: 5

Brandon Porter, Sophomore Forward,Virginia Beach,VA 

Years of Eligibility: 2

19-20 stats: 3.1 PPG 0.8 RPG & 0.1 APG in 24 games (3 starts) 

Best Performance: 12 points,2 rebounds a 1 steal against Utah Valley Dec. 18th 

Possible Destinations: No reported interest at the time of this publication.

Porter’s departure hits the Cowboys in really only one area, the height department. Though he was rarely used (6.8 MPG) on Allen Edward’s last season in Laramie. Porter brought value to the court given his size at 6-8. Wyoming’s frontcourt was extremely thin at times and saw Porter and teammates TJ Taylor (6-6) and Hunter Maldonado (6-7) playing some post on multiple occasions. 

Trevon “TJ” Taylor, Sophomore Forward-Chesapeake, VA

Years of Eligibility: 1

19-20 Stats: 7.0 PPG 3.4 RPG & .485 FG% in 33 games (19 starts)

Best Performance: 22 points, 6 rebounds and 1 steal against Detroit Mercy on Nov. 19th

Next Stop: Committed to James Madison (CAA) on April 24th

TJ Taylor played a very key role on an undersized Cowboys team in what was apparently Allen Edward’s last season in Laramie. The first domino to fall in what is usually a mass exodus between coaching changes, Taylor has also indicated the possibility of staying for his senior season via his twitter account. We can only wait to see what happens as he had a productive season season with the Cowboys, reaching double figures in ten games and grabbing six or more boards in eight.

Gregory Milton III, Sophomore Guard-Elk Grove, CA-Consumes Oaks HS/Sacramento City College

Years of Eligibility: 2

19-20 Stats: 3.8 PPG 1.7 RPG & 0.8 APG in 33 games (3 starts)

Best Performance: 28 points, 4 rebounds & 3 assists against Air Force on Feb. 22nd

Next Stop: Committed to Cal-State San Marcos (CCAA-NCAA Div. II) on May 1st

Milton only spent one year in Laramie after transferring in from Sacramento City College. He was a key player on a shallow Wyoming bench this past season and reached double-digit scoring in four games including an impressive 28-point performance against Air Force late in the season. He showed promise as he was awarded more minutes in late January. Coaching changes always bring roster turnover, so far this is the Cowboys second departure this off season.

Tyler Morman, Junior Forward-Pebblebrook HS/Florida Southwestern College

Years of Eligibility: 1

19-20 Stats: 1.0 PPG 2.5 RPG & 0.5 BPG in 2 games (1 start)

Best Performance: 2 points, 3 rebounds and 1 block against Denver on Dec. 21st

Next Stop: Committed to Southern Mississippi (C-USA) on  May 26th

Another sought after junior college prospect out of Florida Southwestern Co. who was brought in to attempt to address the teams rebounding concerns the year prior. His presence on the court was hindered due to concussion symptoms that continued to persist after sustaining a concussion in their exhibition against Northwest Nazarene back on October 30th. This led Morman to appear in only two games in his first season at Wyoming. If healthy, he could have been a solid piece to build around in Linder’s first year at the helm, but as of March 26th he has decided to transfer.

Javier Turner, Freshman Forward-Omaha, NE

Years of Eligibility: 3

19-20 Stats: 0.0 PPG 0.5 RPG & 0.0 APG in 4 games (0 starts)

Best Performance: 0 points & 1 rebound against South Carolina on Nov. 10th 

Next Stop: Wabash Valley College (IL) (GRAC-NJCAA)

Turner leaves Wyoming after just one season in Laramie and just four games played. In a year where size was desperately needed at times, Turner was seldom used with no reported injuries. 

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This page will be updated as news happens, so make sure to return to the page through the off season to get updates as they happen around the conference.

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