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November 3, 2009

Best PT-driven transfer?

Filed under: Uncategorized — John Gasaway @ 11:20 am

Luke Winn has a customarily thorough piece up at SI.com saying watch out for Kansas State, they now have Connecticut transfer and onetime five-star HS recruit Curtis Kelly in the fold, and these ‘Cats will have claws! (Plus they’ve famously shown they can make shots off the scoreboard should the need arise.)

Question for the group: Which Kelly-variety transfer of the past decade has had the largest positive impact on his new team? By Kelly-variety I specifically mean a player who left his old school because he wasn’t getting enough playing time. I do not mean players like Tyler Smith, Wesley Johnson, and Robert Vaden, all of whom were already go-to guys but left anyway, whether because of coaching change, coaching style, family emergency, or what have you.

Whoever that high-impact transfer turns out to be, it certainly wasn’t McDonald’s All-American Mike Williams, who triggered a good deal of Kelly-variety talk when he transferred to Cincinnati after getting lost in the frontcourt shuffle at Texas in 2006. Not that Kelly equals Williams, of course. There’s no telling, yet. I’m just interested in the best-case scenario here. Drop me a line.

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