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Fantasy AnalysisMcCloud saw a fairly significant amount of playing time for Northern Iowa as a sophomore, finishing with averages of 6.6 points, 2.4 assists, 1.7 rebounds and 1.3 steals across 25.9 minutes. However, he's now elected to head to Division II Minnesota State, where he'll be eligible to play immediately and should once again take on a significant role. McCloud should also have two years of eligibility remaining, giving the Mavericks a strong backcourt presence for the foreseeable future.
Fantasy AnalysisHanson will have three seasons of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2018-19 campaign. The 6-6 forward averaged 3.1 points and 2.3 rebounds in 10.5 minutes for the Lions as a freshman. He played alongside fellow Xavier transfer Kyle Castlin.
Fantasy AnalysisThe freshman guard suffered the injury late in the season of his senior high school year and has been returning slowly to avoid re-aggravating the injury. Once healthy, he is expecting to provide an outside presence for the Buffalo as a guard who can hit a three-point shot, and his slow transition due to the foot injury shouldn't be a concern for owners this far removed from the upcoming season.
Fantasy AnalysisAs one of the last available players who has announced their intent to transfer, Crandall has been a top target for many teams recently. The Minneapolis native currently has the University of Minnesota high on his list, but he also said he was considering Gonzaga and Xavier, among others. In his junior season, the guard averaged 16.6 points on 50 percent shooting and 42 percent from three. He is expecting to make a decision by the end of June or the Fourth of July at the latest to decide where he will play his final senior after sitting out a year per NCAA regulations.
Fantasy AnalysisMcCormick will have two seasons of eligibility remaining and will be eligible to contribute immediately during the 2018-19 campaign. Over 28 games at Lee College last season, the 6-foot point guard averaged 18.5 points, 6.4 assists and 5.3 rebounds per contest last season. While Jared Harper figures to serve as the starting point guard again in 2018-19, McCormick could be a valuable contributor off the bench.
Fantasy AnalysisBatts' playing time as a freshman waned as the season went along, leading to his departure from NC State this offseason after averaging just 3.7 points, 1.5 assists and 1.2 rebounds per contest in 2017-18. He will be forced to sit out a season, per NCAA rules, before contributing for his new school in 2019-20.
Fantasy AnalysisThomas averaged just three minutes per game as a freshman , but his run with the Blue Raiders has come to an end after a series of team policy violations led to his dismissal. He will likely have to sit out a season before playing for a new school, though it remains to be seen how desirable Thomas' services will be.
Fantasy AnalysisDixon joined the growing ranks of Middle Tennessee players that have moved on from the school this offseason, leaving the Blue Raiders' roster relatively bare heading into the 2018-19 campaign. He will likely have to sit out a season before contributing for his new school after averaging 4.8 points, 3.1 assists and 3.0 rebounds per contest as a sophomore.
Fantasy AnalysisJohnson notched 10.3 points per game last season for the Blue Raiders, adding 1.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists per contest. He marks the fourth Middle Tennessee player to announce his departure from the program this week, joining the likes of David Simmons, Tyrik Dixon and Davion Thomas. Johnson will be forced to sit out a season before playing out his final collegiate campaign in 2019-20.
Fantasy AnalysisKiir was dismissed from LSU for disciplinary reasons in late January. Head coach Will Wade noted that Kiir would have a chance to work his way back on the team. But, ultimately, Kiir chose to take his career in a different direction. Last season, during his freshman campaign, he appeared in just eight games, averaging 5.4 minutes. Due to NCAA transfer rules and regulations, Kiir will have to sit out next season with South Florida, but will then have four years of eligibility remaining.
Fantasy AnalysisEmery withdrew from BYU in November of last season for various personal reasons but announced on his Twitter account in late April that he would rejoin the Cougars this season. As a sophomore in 2016-17, Emery averaged 13.1 points, 3.0 rebounds 2.4 assists and 1.6 steals per contest. Jahshire Hardnett started 32 of 35 games last season for the Cougars, but he will likely move back to the bench while TJ Haws would retake point guard duties for BYU when Emery returns. The full BYU basketball schedule has yet to be released, so a date for his availability can't be pinpointed at this juncture.
Fantasy AnalysisGriffin shot up recruiting boards late in the process, ultimately choosing the Cyclones over an offer from Kansas, Illinois and Illinois State. Given the recovery timetable for the injury, he should be healthy in plenty of time for the Cyclones training camp. The incoming freshman could immediately challenge for playing time with a strong showing early given the departures of Donovan Jackson and Jeff Beverly from last year's team.
Fantasy AnalysisDiakite enrolled early in 2017-18, but he missed the entire season due to a knee injury. Now that he will take his talents to a different school, he will likely be forced to sit out another season before being eligible to play for his new school during 2019-20.
Fantasy AnalysisMcBrayer played through a stress reaction in his left leg for much of his junior season, missing just a handful of contests when the discomfort was too much. He opted against having surgery in the offseason and simply rested instead with the hope of making a full recovery. It looks as if that choice has paid off and McBrayer is now able to go through full-contact work. Coach Richard Pitino did mention they'll take a cautious approach with McBrayer this summer, but either way, he should be a full-go for the start of the season. McBrayer started all 27 games he played last season, averaging 9.4 points, 2.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.0 steal across 28.6 minutes.
Fantasy AnalysisCoffey underwent surgery back in February to repair a shoulder injury that had costed him 14 of the Gophers' final 16 games last season. However, it appears everything is progressing as expected and he's now able to go through non-contact work. The current plan for Coffey is he'll remain somewhat limited over the next month or so, but then ramp up his activity as fall practices commence. As it currently stands, Coffey should be good to go for the start of the season and will look to build on his averages of 14.0 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists. He started all 18 games he played in.