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It was another summer of transfers, with at least every program losing at least one player to a “transfer,” whether it was willing or not. Here’s the most up-to-date list we could find, courtesy ESPN. Only Division I schools are listed.

 

Austin Peay:

  • Out: Serigne Mboup

Mboup played in 21 games last year, only saw double-digit minutes twice last year.

 

Belmont:

  • Out: Caleb Chowbay

Chowbay came off the bench in 28 contests, averaging 8.4 minutes a game. He averaged 2.4 ppg, ranking 10th among Bruins in scoring.

 

Eastern Kentucky:

  • In: Jarelle Reischel (from Rhode Island)
  • Out: Denzel Richardson, Daniel Norl

Had Richardson returned, he would have been the second-leading returning scorer. He started 22 games for EKU last year, including throughout most of OVC play. Richardson averaged 8.1 points-per-game, shooting 38% from the field. As for Reischel, he’s one of two Rhode Island players entering the OVC. The 6’5 forward played in every game, but scored just four points combined in his last seven games as a Ram.

 

Chris Olivier

Chris Olivier

Eastern Illinois:

  • Out: Jake Verhagen, LeTrell Viser, Chris Olivier (Oklahoma State)

Without a doubt, EIU is the worst off after summer transfers. Verhagen, Viser, and Olivier were all major parts of EIU’s team last year, especially Olivier, who averaged 13 points a game, and shot 54-percent from the field. There was at least one sign this was coming, to some extent: Viser did not play in the team’s loss in the College Insider tournament, surprising given he started 21 games and led the team in steals. Olivier? He graduated, and used the graduate school exemption to become immediately eligible for the Cowboys.

 

Jacksonville State:

  • Out: Randall Smith, Undra Mitchem, Darrius Moore

None of these are surprising, and heavily unimpactful. Mitchem was the only one to see any kind of minutes, and didn’t play a game after January 1st.

 

Morehead State:

  • Out: Marcus Fuggins, Marquel Willis

Both players saw a fair bit of time on the floor: Fuggins played in 29 games, averaging 8.6 minutes, while Willis played in 23, averaging 10.3 minutes. Fuggins was a 6’9 forward who pulled down more rebounds (57) than he scored points. (42) Willis has bright points, including a 15-point performance against Central Arkansas, but scored just seven points total in his remaining nine appearances.

 

Jonathan Stark

Jonathan Stark

Murray State:

  • Out: Tyler Rambo
  • In: Jonathan Stark (from Tulane)

Rambo had a fairly significant role, due in large part to the shallow depth of the Racers frontcourt last year, playing in 30 games for Murray, but saw his minutes reduced significantly as the season wore on. Stark is a significant pickup once he becomes eligible: he started every game for the Green Wave last year, but saw his scoring and shooting fall from a freshman, where he averaged 14.5 ppg, and hit 38% from three-point range.

 

Donivine Stewart

Donivine Stewart

SIUE:

  • Out: Donivine Stewart (Portland State)
  • In: Glen Pierre Jr. (from College of Charleston), Tre Harris (Kansas State)

Tre Harris was one of three players dismissed by Bruce Weber from the Kansas State program last year, but few details are available as to the circumstances surrounding his dismissal. Harris started one game in his freshman year, but was mostly used sparingly, despite his 45.5% three-point shooting. Pierre Jr. was a reserve forward at College of Charleston, and made a minimal impact on the stat sheet over two years. As for Stewart, the Cougars lose their leading assist-man, and one of their better on-ball defenders.

 

Southeast Missouri

  • Out: CJ Reese, TJ Thomas, JJ Thompson

Thomas and Reese’s departure will hardly be noticed, as the two spent most of their freshman seasons on the bench. Southeast was Thompson’s second school, and is leaving despite starting 20 games. None of those starts came in February or March.

 

Tennessee State

  • Out: Charles Tucker Jr., Chima Azuonwu, Christian Crockett, Zach Lee, Rodney Simeon

Any transfers after a 5-26 season are hardly surprising. Lee, Crockett, and Simeon were the bottom three scorers for last year Tiger’s squad, and Azuonwu was redshirted all season. Tucker Jr. was in and out of the Tigers ever-changing starting lineup a year ago, and played 21-minutes a game.

 

Tennessee Tech

  • Out: Josh Bougher, DeOndre Haynes

No real surprise here: Haynes and Bougher were the bottom two in scoring for the Golden Eagles last year, and both shot worse than 33% from the field. Haynes saw action in 27 games, but struggled with turnovers, and wasn’t an efficient scorer.

 

Arkeem Joseph

Arkeem Joseph

UT Martin

  • Out: Brandon Hitchman, CJ Davis, Arkeem Joseph
  • In: Matt Butler (from Rhode Island), Malik Pugh (from UNC Wilmington)

Another year with a whole lot of changes in Martin. Starting with the departures, Arkeem Joseph played in 30 games for the Skyhawks, and saw a lot of minutes down the stretch, up until the OVC Tournament. Joseph showed some flashes, but was likely to see his minutes reduced by the return of a healthy Myles Taylor this season. Davis saw very limited action as a freshman, but it was more than Hitchman saw. Butler is a Tennessee guy, playing at Memphis East high school. He’ll sit out a year, after averaging just 1.7 points a game as a sophomore. Pugh is from nearby Dyersburg, Tennessee, and returning to the Volunteer State after playing in 27 contests for UNC Wilmington.

 

Update 9/29: Added Daniel Norl transferring out of Eastern Kentucky


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  1. Bret:
    Daniel Norl left eku as well.
  2. Matt M.:
    Caleb Chowbay transferred to Martin Methodist, not LBSU.
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2016-17 Basketball Standings

OVCOverall

EAST

Belmont8-014-4
Morehead State6-310-12
Tennessee Tech5-39-14
Jacksonville State5-413-11
Tennessee State4-413-8
Eastern Kentucky2-69-14

WEST

UT Martin5-315-8
Murray State5-311-11
SEMO5-310-13
Austin Peay3-57-15
Eastern Illinois1-79-12
SIUE0-85-17
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