Sports Illustrated highlights Bryce Dejean-Jones and Abdel Nader as two of the country’s top 100 transfers coming into this season, with the former being ranked in the top ten.
More from Men's Basketball
- Iowa State basketball: Comeback over Iowa receives wrong attention
- Iowa State men’s basketball: Thank you, Fred Hoiberg
- Iowa State basketball: Never doubt Hilton Magic
- Iowa State Basketball: Cyclones gearing up for end of season
- Iowa State basketball: Cyclones destroy Texas Tech in Jameel McKay’s first start
Specifically, Dejean-Jones is considered the eight-best transfer. The shooting guard from UNLV comes in as a senior and will be seeing immediate action. Coming in at 60th is Nader’s ranking, who’s coming from Northern Illinois. Sports Illustrated even highlights Jameel McKay and said that all three players will have a significant role in contending for a Big 12 title.
SI explains how they did the projections, which ran over the top 11 conferences in Division I: ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC, A-10, Big East, AAC, Missouri Valley, Mountain West, and West Coast.
"Recruiting rankings help us do a decent job of identifying high-impact freshmen, and for returning players, shot volume, efficiency, rebounding rates and assist rates are all correlated fairly highly over time. But transfers between Division I teams often perform quite differently as a result of switching coaches, teammates and offensive systems. We’ve adjusted their projections for changes in competition level, and plugged them into their new rotations, but don’t be surprised if some players on this list significantly out- or under-perform these stats due to changes in environment."
Dec 22, 2012, Seattle, WA, USA; Northern Illinois Huskies guard Abdel Nader (23) drives to the basket against the Washington Huskies during the first half at Alaska Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Miami (FL) is the big winner with two of their transfers listed in the top ten — Sheldon McClellan from Texas is ranked at the top and Angel Rodriguez from Kansas State is 10th. Interestingly enough, Texas has three former players in the top 28; the others are Jaylen Bond at 28th who went to Temple and Julien Lewis at 6th who went to Fresno State.
The Longhorns are already contenders this season with who they have on the team. Just imagine if they still had those players on their squad.
Here are the other top 10 transfers that round out the list:
— 2. Jalen Jones (from SMU to Texas A&M)
— 3. Matt Carlina (from BYU to Marquette)
— 4. Trevor Lacey (from Alabama to NC State)
— 5. Katin Reinhardt (from UNLV to USC)
— 7. Jordan Price (from Auburn to La Salle)
— 9. Kyle Wiltjer (from Kentucky to Gonzaga)
Iowa State is being recognized as having one of the best transfers in the nation, which is awesome. I’m starting to feel a lot better about the nation understanding that Iowa State is loaded with studs this season.