Although not as nationally talked about compared to both D-I transfers and high school prospects, JUCO transfers can have a huge impact on teams in NCAA Basketball. These are players who join various two-year colleges throughout the country for a number of different reasons, including improvement in academics, working on their games for better opportunities or even needing a second chance after past issues.
Last season was a great example of the impact Junior College transfers can have. Darrion Trammell (City College of San Francisco) was the starting point guard from San Diego State, leading them to its first-ever Final Four appearance. Tylor Perry (Coffeyville) was the Conference USA Player of the Year at North Texas last season and is now at Kansas State as one of the top transfers this offseason. And there are a few more examples I could name as well.
With traditional transfers having an extra year of eligibility for a couple of more years, there many be fewer JUCO transfers in the high-major (Big 6 + AAC) ranks for this season. But there are still some guys to keep an eye on once the 2023-24 campaign. Here’s a look at the 15 guys to watch, along with an honorable mention.
Honorable Mention: Hunter Erickson – Utah States
2022-23 stats (at Salt Lake Community College): 12.1 ppg and 5.4 apg
After two years at BYU on the bench, the 6’3 guard proved to be a legit passer, while also having a few big outings. Erickson went for 37 points on 9/11 shooting from deep against North Platte, along with 25 versus College of Southern Idaho. Assuming Georgia Tech transfer Deivion Smith is eligible, it may be hard for Erickson to get minutes this season but at least he adds backcourt depth to a team that lacked it last year.