Jeff Goodman of FOXSports.com posted an article yesterday that examines the impact of the top college basketball player transfers eligible to play this season. He lists Villanova’s Taylor King at #13 on his Top 20 list, saying "The former ‘Dookie’ will give the Wildcats a perimeter shooter." I think Jeff may have forgotten about Corey Stokes and Scottie Reynolds. Others of note on his list include former Nova player, Malcolm Grant, and several transfers to Big East rivals. Here’s an abbreviated list:
1. Wesley Johnson, 6-7 ½, 210, F, Jr., Syracuse: Don’t be surprised if the former Iowa State forward winds up being the team’s top player. Johnson averaged 12.4 points while playing with an injured ankle his sophomore season at Iowa State but is ideal for Jim Boeheim’s system.
4. Ben Hansbrough, 6-3, 205, G, Jr., Notre Dame: Tyler’s little brother left Mississippi State after two seasons. He averaged 10.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists as a sophomore and will start immediately for the Fighting Irish.
7. Herb Pope, 6-8, 235, PF, Jr., Seton Hall: The talented, yet enigmatic big man averaged 11.1 points and 6.8 boards at New Mexico State. If he stays out of trouble, he could be one of the Big East’s top big men.
12. Malcolm Grant, 6-1, 185, G, Soph., Miami: After hardly playing at Villanova, Grant will start at the point for Frank Haith and the ‘Canes.
13. Taylor King, 6-7, 225, F, Soph., Villanova: The former Dookie will give the Wildcats a perimeter shooter.
17. Keon Lawrence, 6-2, 175, G, Jr., Seton Hall: He’s talented, but like his teammate, Herb Pope, Lawrence will need to learn how to be a good team guy both on and off the court.
19. Anthony Crater, 6-1, 170, PG, Soph., South Florida: He wasn’t satisfied with his playing time at Ohio State, so he up and left after one season. He should be running the show for Stan Heath this season.
20. Scott Martin, 6-8, 210, F, Soph., Notre Dame: Martin left Purdue after one season and will give the Irish a skilled forward who can score points.