Iowa CITY, Iowa - With the announcement on Tuesday that freshman guard Patrick Ingram was leaving the program, Iowa found itself with an open scholarship. Coach Fran McCaffery told the Hawk Central that if he were to fill the availability it likely would be with a transfer.
"I would say there is nobody we're looking at right now," McCaffery told Hawk Central. "You never say never on something like that, but we're not locked in on anybody."
Speculation about Ingram's exit reaches back to the season. It would be fair to assume that McCaffery has been looking for a prospect that might be able to fill a void for a veteran Hawkeye club in 2013-14.
AN NCAA rule that allows athletes with an undergraduate degree and eligibility remaining to transfer to any school and be able to play right away. It's more known in football circles with the Russell Wilson case but basketball coaches are beginning to utilize the loophole.
Jeff Goodman from CBS does a good job compiling the list of transfers and uses parenthetical references next to the names of players expected to be available to play in 2013-14. You can check it out here.
At this point, some of the most desirable transfers who can contribute next season have found new homes. Illinois picked up Jon Ekey, Memphis grabbed David Pellom, Terrance Shannon is headed for VCU and Coron Williams is going to Wake Forest.
There also are plenty of players available who will have to sit out a season before becoming eligible as did Jarrod Uthoff when he left Wisconsin for Iowa last year. Remy Abell (Indiana), Tarik Black (Memphis) and Jaylen Bond (Texas) are among a large group of talented underclassmen looking for new homes.
It's certainly possible McCaffery could add a transfer retaining more than one year of eligibility. It's more likely that he would opt to pick up another high school prospect in the 2014 class that he and his staff have worked hard in recruiting or even hold it past that. There's really not much of anything left in the '13 group.
What makes most sense would be McCaffery signing a post-graduate player he can plug in next season. Then, when that athlete leaves after '13-14, he can reload the scholarship with a prep recruit down the road. If he could land a shooter, all the better.
The only real catch, and it's superficial, is that the school that accepts the transfer must offer a graduate program that the school he is leaving does not.
With that in mind, let's take a look at some of the available transfers that can step in and get minutes next season (alphabetical order):
Jeremy Adams, 6-4, SG, Colorado - Adams has been slowed by injury but played his best basketball at the end of last season. In the five games before the NCAA Tournament, he connected on 5 of 6 shots from behind the arc.
Paris Bennett, 6-6, F, George Mason - Not really a threat from the perimeter, making only one of four attempts from three last season, Bennett could provide some depth and leadership.
Dadrian Collins, 6-6, F, Howard - While the step up in competition would be significant, Collins is an intriguing prospect. He averaged 8.6 points in three seasons at Howard, connecting on 143 treys.
Josh Davis, 6-8, PF, Tulane - Davis would be a good get and add some muscle. The first-team, All-Conference USA choice averaged 17.5 points and 10.3 rebounds. There was information out there that he was down to Gonzaga and San Diego State, but this article makes it sound like he's willing to listen to others.
Javorn Farrell, 6-5, G, UMass - Farrell missed last season with an ankle injury that also slowed him the year before. He played the 1-3 spots for the Minutemen and made 21 threes as a junior.
Evan Gordon, 6-3, G, Arizona State - According to a published report, Eric Gordon's younger brother is looking at Indiana and Butler with the Hoosiers being the favorites. Gordon averaged 10.1 points a game for ASU last season, making 61 of 176 shots from behind the arc.
Update: Gordon committed to Indiana on Wednesday morning.
Reggie Groves, 6-2, SG, Canisius - Another player that would be making a big leap up in competition. He made 20 treys last year.
Lasan Kromah, 6-5, G, George Washington - Kromah isn't a great shooter but he can get to the basket and score as evidenced by his 11.0 PPG last season. Injuries have limited a once-promising career but if healthy he could provide a lift to his new school. He's been linked to UConn and %%MATCH_47%%.
Errick Peck, 6-6, F, Cornell - An Indianapolis native, Peck averaged almost 10 points a game last year after missing the previous season with a knee injury. He made 14 threes but is not known as a pure shooter. Purdue, Duquesne and Xavier are possible landing spots for Peck.
Demetrius Walker, 6-2, G, New Mexico - Walker transferred from Arizona State to New Mexico, where he was suspended at the end of this past season. There's talent here but it might not be worth the potential headache.