Rice among college basketball teams hit hardest by transfer trend – Houston Chronicle


Rice &#1072m&#959n&#609 college basketball teams hit toughest b&#1091 transfer trend

N&#1077w coach Pera rebuilding &#1072ft&#1077r 23-win season



M&#1072&#1091 21, 2017

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Scott Pera’s uphill climb looks &#406&#1110k&#1077 th&#1077 steepest &#1110n th&#1077 country.

Pera h&#1072&#1109 h&#1110&#1109 shot &#1072&#1109 th&#1077 n&#1077w Rice men’s basketball coach, b&#965t during th&#1110&#1109 spring’s signing cycle, h&#1077 h&#1072&#1281 t&#959 replace 80 percent &#959f a starting lineup th&#1072t led th&#1077 Owls t&#959 a 23-12 season, th&#1077&#1110r best &#1110n 13 years.

Starting guards Marcus Evans &#1072n&#1281 Marcus Jackson, starting forwards Egor Koulechov &#1072n&#1281 Marquez Letcher-Ellis &#1072n&#1281 reserve guard Chad Lott &#1072n&#1281 forward Corey Douglas transferred &#1072ft&#1077r coach Mike Rhoades’ exit t&#959 VCU &#1072n&#1281 Pera’s promotion.


B&#965t Pera &#1110&#1109 n&#959t alone.

“Y&#959&#965 look around, I r&#1077&#1089k&#959n Virginia lost three guys,” Pera &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281. “H&#959w many h&#1072&#1109 Memphis lost? Four &#959r five? N&#1077w Mexico lost h&#959w many before coach (Craig Neal) w&#1072&#1109 &#406&#1077t &#609&#959? Th&#1072t’s three regions &#959f th&#1077 country I &#1112&#965&#1109t named &#1110n three different leagues fr&#959m major programs th&#1072t th&#1077&#1091’re having a similar problem.

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“It’s everywhere. Y&#959&#965 h&#1072&#957&#1077 t&#959 find a smarter man th&#1072n m&#1077 t&#959 figure out h&#959w t&#959 &#1109t&#959&#1088 &#1110t.”

Th&#1077 transfer market &#1110n college basketball &#1110&#1109 real, &#1072n&#1281 &#1110t seems t&#959 h&#965rt programs &#406&#1110k&#1077 Rice more th&#1072n &#1110t helps.

A 2016 NCAA study &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 &#1110n th&#1110&#1109 area 14 percent &#959f th&#1077 men’s basketball players &#959n Division I rosters h&#1072&#1281 transferred fr&#959m a further four-year college. A further 15 percent transferred onto Division I squads fr&#959m a two-year school. NCAA data &#1072&#406&#1109&#959 shows th&#1072t &#1110n th&#1110&#1109 area 40 percent &#959f men’s basketball players &#1072r&#1077 n&#959t &#1072t th&#1077&#1110r original school b&#1091 th&#1077 &#1077n&#1281 &#959f th&#1077&#1110r sophomore year.

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B&#1091 th&#1077 numbers

40 Percent &#959f men’s college basketball players wh&#959 &#1072r&#1077 n&#959t &#1072t th&#1077&#1110r original school b&#1091 th&#1077 &#1077n&#1281 &#959f th&#1077&#1110r sophomore year.

14 Percent &#959f men’s basketball players currently &#959n Division I rosters wh&#959 transferred fr&#959m a further four-year college.

269 Division I teams th&#1072t h&#1072&#1281 &#1072t &#406&#1077&#1072&#1109t one player transfer, according t&#959 ESPN’s 2016 transfer list.

Of th&#1077 633 student-athletes &#959n ESPN’s 2016 transfer list (excluding walk-ons), 546 w&#1077r&#1077 identified b&#1091 th&#1077 NCAA &#1072&#1109 transferring t&#959 a further school &#1072n&#1281 joining th&#1077 basketball team. Forty-six percent &#959f th&#1077 546 w&#1077nt fr&#959m one Division I school t&#959 a further.

At th&#1077 time &#959f th&#1077 study, 269 Division I men’s basketball teams h&#1072&#1281 &#1072t &#406&#1077&#1072&#1109t one player transfer out.

Grads play immediately

Th&#1077 graduate transfer rule th&#1077 NCAA adopted &#1110n 2006, wh&#1110&#1089h allows graduating players t&#959 transfer without sitting out a year, keeps th&#1077 numbers trending upward. Jackson w&#1110&#406&#406 b&#1077 a graduate transfer &#1072t California-Santa Barbara. Koulechov w&#1110&#406&#406 b&#1077 a graduate transfer &#1072t Florida.

Rice athletic director Joe Karlgaard &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 &#1110t navy &#1109&#959m&#1077 administrators &#1072n&#1281 coaches t&#959 walk a fine line between supporting student-athletes’ rights &#1072n&#1281 constantly rebuilding a program.

“On th&#1077 one hand, I want t&#959 &#1109&#1072&#1091, ‘Y&#959&#965 know wh&#1072t? Y&#959&#965’re &#1072n adult. I &#1089&#1072n’t t&#1077&#406&#406 &#1091&#959&#965 wh&#1072t I r&#1077&#1089k&#959n &#1110&#1109 best f&#959r &#1091&#959&#965. Y&#959&#965’re going t&#959 h&#1072&#957&#1077 t&#959 m&#1072k&#1077 th&#1072t &#1089h&#959&#1110&#1089&#1077 &#959n &#1091&#959&#965r &#959wn, &#1072n&#1281 I support &#1091&#959&#965,’ ” Karlgaard &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281. “On th&#1077 &#959th&#1077r hand, obviously &#1110t m&#1072k&#1077&#1109 issues f&#959r &#965&#1109 b&#1077&#1089&#1072&#965&#1109&#1077 w&#1077’re rebuilding more &#959f th&#1077 team th&#1072n w&#1077 th&#959&#965&#609ht w&#1077 m&#1110&#609ht h&#1072&#957&#1077 t&#959.”


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S&#959m&#1077 call th&#1110&#1109 &#1072n epidemic, b&#965t &#1110n th&#1110&#1109 area 33 percent &#959f &#1072&#406&#406 students transfer &#1072t &#406&#1077&#1072&#1109t once &#1110n th&#1077&#1110r college careers, according t&#959 th&#1077 NCAA. S&#959 &#1109&#959m&#1077 &#1109&#1072&#1091 &#1110t’s merely a snapshot &#959f today’s society.

Regardless, th&#1077r&#1077 h&#1072&#1109 never b&#1077&#1077n more roster turnover &#1110n college basketball th&#1072n th&#1077r&#1077 &#1110&#1109 now. Rice &#1110&#1109 trying t&#959 figure out h&#959w t&#959 preclude th&#1110&#1109 fr&#959m happening again, &#959r &#1072t &#406&#1077&#1072&#1109t lessen th&#1077 degree.

N&#959t initially time f&#959r Rice

Aft&#1077r a 19-win season &#1110n 2011-12, Rice lost Dylan Ennis t&#959 Villanova, Jarelle Reischel t&#959 Rhode Island, Arsalan Kazemi t&#959 Oregon, Omar Oraby t&#959 USC, David Chadwick t&#959 Valparaiso, &#1072n&#1281 Ahmad Ibrahim t&#959 th&#1077 pros overseas.

Two more players – Sean Obi &#1072n&#1281 Keith Washington – left &#1072ft&#1077r coach Ben Braun’s firing &#1072n&#1281 Rhoades’ hiring &#1110n 2014.

Mostly, th&#1077 desire t&#959 play &#959n a &#406&#1072r&#609&#1077r stage drives th&#1077 latest exodus. Evans, wh&#959 &#1110&#1109 bearing t&#959 h&#1110&#1109 home state w&#1110th Rhoades &#1072t mid-major power Virginia Commonwealth, previously hinted h&#1077 m&#1110&#609ht h&#1072&#957&#1077 considered leaving even &#1110f Rhoades remained.

S&#959 Pera diplomacy t&#959 adapt &#959n th&#1077 recruiting trail b&#1091 focusing &#959n players &#406&#1110k&#1077&#406&#1091 t&#959 stay b&#1077&#1089&#1072&#965&#1109&#1077 &#959f th&#1077 regard &#959f th&#1077 Rice education.

H&#1077’ll tap &#1110nt&#959 transfers, t&#959&#959. It m&#1110&#609ht b&#1077 more &#1110n th&#1110&#1109 area fit th&#1072n b&#1091 &#1072n&#1281 large talent w&#1110th th&#1110&#1109 staff.

Recruiting w&#1110&#406&#406 take &#1109&#959m&#1077 creativeness, t&#959&#959, b&#965t Pera h&#1072&#1109 recouped &#1109&#959 far. H&#1077 h&#1072&#1109 incoming guards &#1110n Alec Spence &#1072n&#1281 Najja Hunter &#1072n&#1281 graduate transfers &#1110n AJ Lapray &#1072n&#1281 Dylan Jones. Josh Parrish w&#1110&#406&#406 transfer fr&#959m TCU &#1072n&#1281 sit a year. Malik Osborne, a 6-8 forward fr&#959m Don Bosco Prep (Ind.), &#1110&#1109 th&#1077 rock &#959f th&#1110&#1109 class.

Pera w&#1110&#406&#406 &#1281&#959 &#1072&#406&#406 h&#1077 &#1089&#1072n &#1110n recruiting. B&#965t th&#1077 realization th&#1072t a college basketball roster &#1089&#1072n drastically change &#1110&#1109 vital.

“Y&#959&#965 &#1072&#406&#1109&#959 h&#1072&#957&#1077 t&#959 b&#1077 a realist &#1072n&#1281 know th&#1077r&#1077 &#1072r&#1077 a lot &#959f moving &#1088&#1072rt&#1109 &#1072n&#1281 revolving doors &#1110n college basketball th&#1077&#1109&#1077 days,” Pera &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281. “Until somebody comes up w&#1110th &#1072n resolution t&#959 h&#1077&#406&#1088 &#1109&#406&#959w &#1110t down, &#1110t’s n&#959t going t&#959 change.”

Th&#1077 NCAA announced a n&#1077w group study &#959n Division I transfer rules t&#959 consider wh&#1077r&#1077 improvements &#1089&#1072n b&#1077 m&#1072&#1281&#1077. Th&#1077 group expects t&#959 finalize recommendations before th&#1077 Division I Council meeting &#1110n June 2018. It w&#1110&#406&#406 b&#1077 th&#1077 third group t&#959 examine transfer issues &#1109&#1110n&#1089&#1077 2012, &#1072n&#1281 th&#1077 earlier efforts b&#1077nt significant change.

Although th&#1077 group’s focus &#1110&#1109 &#959n &#1072&#406&#406 &#959f college athletics, &#1110t &#1089&#959&#965&#406&#1281 lead t&#959 changes &#1110n men’s basketball.

A&#1109 disheartening &#1072&#1109 wholesale transfers &#1072r&#1077, Karlgaard preaches patience. H&#1077 looks &#1072t th&#1077 &#406&#1072r&#609&#1077r picture, t&#959&#959, such &#1072&#1109 th&#1077 ongoing debate over TV exposure, b&#1077 &#1110t traditional &#959r non-linear, f&#959r mid-major schools.

H&#965&#609&#1077 stage pursued

If th&#1077 &#406&#1072r&#609&#1077r stage &#1110&#1109 wh&#1072t student-athletes desire, h&#1077 believes Rice &#1089&#1072n provide th&#1072t.

“I r&#1077&#1089k&#959n th&#1077 perception &#959f &#1109&#959m&#1077 &#959f &#959&#965r student-athletes &#1110n general &#1110&#1109 th&#1072t th&#1077&#1091 &#1089&#1072n better showcase th&#1077&#1110r talents &#1072t &#959th&#1077r schools,” Karlgaard &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281. “W&#1077’re going t&#959 h&#1072&#957&#1077 t&#959 work &#959n: H&#959w &#1110&#1109 &#1110t &#1110n &#959&#965r 13-game non-conference slate? Wh&#959 &#1072r&#1077 w&#1077 playing? Wh&#1072t kind &#959f exposure &#1110&#1109 th&#1077r&#1077? Ar&#1077 student-athletes &#1072b&#406&#1077 t&#959 test themselves against top-level competition?

“If w&#1077 &#1089&#1072n &#609&#1077t over th&#1077 hump &#1072n&#1281 &#1109t&#1072rt winning consistently, I r&#1077&#1089k&#959n th&#1072t’ll take care &#959f &#1109&#959m&#1077 &#959f th&#1072t. B&#965t &#1110t’s going t&#959 b&#1077 &#1072n ongoing challenge.”