Which Junior College transfers will have the biggest impact on the 2020-21 NCAA Basketball season?
NCAA Basketball programs are always looking to find that one newcomer to the roster that can change everything. Whether it’s straight out of high school, traditional D-I transfer, or one from the Junior College ranks, landing the right one can be the difference between being in the lower or the top-end of a respective conference.
For the JUCO players, in particular, you never truly know which ones break out as D-I NCAA Basketball players. While the 2018 class may have been somewhat disappointing at the top, last season’s class provided a number of all-conference stars, who made a huge difference.
There are a number of examples I could name. Among those who went to the power conference programs guard Isaac Bonton (Washington State), Chris Duarte (Oregon), Tyson Jolly (SMU), Cam Mack (Nebraska on the court), Alonzo Verge Jr. (Arizona State), Tomas Woldetensae (Virginia), and Maddox Daniels (Colorado).
But where the impact from the JUCOs really showed was at the mid-major level. There are so many who had a tremendous impact last season, including Gavin Kensmil and Cameron Johnson for Stephen F. Austin, Ruot Monyyong (Little Rock), Javonte Perkins (Saint Louis), and AJ Bramah (Robert Morris).
There were two players though who had an MVP level impact that I want to mention. The first is Javion Hamlet, who was a star at Northwest Florida State College and replaced Ryan Woolrdidge to lead North Texas to the Conference USA regular-season championship. He was awarded Conference Player of the Year.
Another JUCO player who got Player of the Year was Douglas Wilson, a forward from Kirkwood Community College who led South Dakota State in both points (18.7 ppg) and rebounds (6.4 rpg). to lead the team to another regular-season title in the Summit League. He had to replace the program’s all-time leading scorer in Mike Daum but did a tremendous job.
And that’s what JUCO players can offer. Even though it won’t be for four years, these are instant impact players with experience and talent that can be difference makers. For this article, I’ll be taking a look at the top Junior College transfers I believe will have the biggest impact this upcoming season.
To be clear, this isn’t an indication of how good the individual is compared to others on the list, as much as it’s about the best situations they’re in when it comes to both producing and winning.