Dan Dakich famously once said that transfers in college basketball are an epidemic. If so, the disease is progressing. Jeff Goodman tracks these for ESPN.com and thinks the list will hit 600, which is about 2 per college team. If so, the MAC is actually ahead of the curve...I make it 14 players flying the coop, which is just a little over 1 per team.
Not all of these guys are truly "transfers..." they are leaving their current team and they are saying they are transferring but it takes two to tango when it comes to transferring. Some of these guys are just leaving college basketball.
In some cases (like at Ball State and Miami), it isn't that the guys were great, but just that losing them won't make the job of rebuilding the program easier.
Anyway, this is right from Goodman's list...the ALL CAPS are the places where guys transferred. Unlike WMU's transfers last year, none of these guys are moving on to high profile gigs...anyway, here is what you have.
Mark Alstork, 6-4, G, Fr., Ball State
Saw PT as a FR. Scored in double figures 7 times.
Quinten Payne, 6-5, G, Fr., Ball State --DARTMOUTH
Was a big 3-star recruit out of HS. He actually signed a LOI with Loyola Chicago, got out of it went to Ball State...so we can't be too surprised. Played like 12 minutes a game. I'm sure he will love the Ivy League.
Played 20 minutes a game for NIU...in that respect one of the bigger losses. Scored 3.3 per game, 2.0 Reb/game. Not a highly ranked recruit.
Played 11 minutes a game. Also not highly ranked out of HS.
Nick Carlos, 6-7, SF, Fr., Central Michigan -- LINDENWOOD
Transferred to DII Lindenwood to be closer to home. Played sparingly for the Chips, but size makes this a notable loss.
Devin Carter, 6-4, G, Soph., Kent State
Carter was a JUCO transfer who played 7.2 minutes per game.
Tyler Scott, 6-5, G, Fr., Kent State
According to Hustle Belt, he was a big-time stud HS player from Pittsburgh who found his way onto the court only a handful of times....
K.K. Simmons, 6-3, G, Soph., Kent State -- PIKEVILLE
Simmons had already transferred from UNC-Wilmington and played about 13 minutes a game for Kent. Pikeville is an NAIA school in Kentucky.
One of two MAC players heading to IUPUI. He scored 7.5 PPG for the Eagles.
Played 22 minutes as a FR and 13 as a SO, and off he goes. Hartford is in the America East conference and is D1.
Ripon is DIII, so he can transfer without sitting out, which is good since he was on the Bronco club for 3 years. Scored 95 points in 41 games over the 3 years, played only 39 minutes last year.
Leo Svete, 6-5, G, Fr., Western Michigan - IUPUI
Has had two ACL injuries and has not played a game since he was a JR in HS.
Josh Lemons, 6-0, G, So., Toledo -- UNIVERSITY OF CHARLESTON
UT had over-recruited, and Lemons left to fix that problem. He is transferring to a DII school.
Reggie Johnson Jr., 6-1, G, So., Miami (Ohio) -- HAMPTON
The best player to leave the MAC, he did so at mid-season. He was scoring about 12 points per game for the RedHawks.